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Print services

A wide range of print services from SRP are on offer
 
Our range of pre-press, print and finishing equipment enables us to prepare and deliver a wide range of printed documents, including

Design services

A wide range of design services from SRP are on offer
 
Great print goes hand in hand with great design and we have expanded our design services to meet the needs of our customers.

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Artwork Guidelines

We accept that print terms and processes are difficult to understand if you don’t have regular contact with someone in the print world. So the following guidelines have been drawn up to help the uninitiated or those new to the preparation of artwork.

The guide is for information only and if you need further assistance then please call us and one of our print experts will talk you through the different requirements.

Or if you prefer, we will design and prepare the artwork for you so that you will have the reassurance that it will be correctly formatted for print.

It is important to remember that our online prices are for artwork that is prepared for print in an approved format. There will be an additional charge if our Design Services team have to change the file in order to obtain the best possible result.
If we have to make any amendments to artwork we will always tell you first and let you know the cost of any additional work done by us.

Here are some straightforward hints and tips with regard to the preparation of problem-free artwork.

File formats
Artwork in PDF and JPEG formats meets the requirements of print-ready documents. A PDF document is preferred because of text clarity. Artwork in JPEG format should be saved in the highest quality setting and should be at least 300 dots per inch (dpi).

There are several programs available for PCs or Macs that allow you to save or print artwork in PDF format. It is also possible to create PDFs from popular commercial and home or office computer programs, the most common being Adobe Distiller which is part of the Adobe Acrobat package.

Photographs
As well as providing the artwork in the highest possible resolution, it is important to ensure that all photographs, logos and icons etc. are also provided in similar details. A photograph saved at a minimum of 300 dpi will reproduce much better than one lifted from the web where the screen resolution can be as low at 72dpi.

Colours
The most exact colour reproduction will be obtained from artwork saved in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) which is the industry standard. We can convert images provided in RGB (more commonly known as web colours) into CMYK but there is a risk of some variations in colour.

It is also important to remember that because of the different way that home or office printers are calibrated, you should use any print-out or screen image as a guide for proofing purposes only. Print companies use CMYK workflow technology that is calibrated and maintained to a recognised industry standard (ISO/FOGRA) in order to obtain the highest quality print results including correct colour resolution.

Fonts
Even home computers offer users a huge number of fonts and type styles so it is vital that all fonts used in the creation of artwork are embedded or turned to outlines before the final artwork is delivered. Unless this is done, the artworking system may automatically switch to a default font which will affect how a document looks and also may alter copy lengths.

Text
To ensure that all text is legible and unaffected by any cutting or cropping, a minimum of 4mm should be maintained from any edge of the document.

Bleed
To avoid any white edges to any aspect of a document including a photograph, background, colour or border, it is important to allow sufficient "bleed” so that the colours go past the print edges. This will ensure that when the pages are printed and trimmed, all aspects of the document will show. It is recommended that 3mm bleed be created outside the print crop marks.

Artwork size
Some of the most popular print documents are specified sizes and the tables below show the individual specifications for some of our most popular products. Please remember to add 6mm to the finished artwork size to allow for 3mm bleed outside the print crop marks on all edges.

Product Size (after trimming) Artwork Size (file dimensions with bleed)
Business card / Appointment card (85mm x55mm) 91mm x 61mm
DL (1/3 A4) (210mm x 99mm) 216mm x 105mm
A6 (148.5mm x 105mm) 154.5mm x 111mm
A5 (210mm x 148mm) 216mm x 154.5mm
A4 (210mm x 297mm) 216mm x 303mm