Our step-by-step guide to making your artwork files (label designs) print-ready for our pre-press team.
Making Your Artwork Files Print-Ready
The first step in the label printing process is to send our pre-press team your full artwork files. Files that are print-ready helps us to ensure that we can send your labels to our printing queue as fast as possible – we love quick turnaround times as much as you!
We highly recommend working with a design professional not only so your artwork is print-ready, but also so your final product is as perfect as you intend it to be!
- File Formats: AI, PDF, EPS, PSD
- At least 300dpi resolution in order to ensure high-quality print
- Vector images must be at least 1,200dpi
- 3mm bleed around the entire design – this ensures no text or images are compromised by the cutting machine
- Colour Space: CMYK
The file formats and specs listed below are the ones that we work with:
- File Formats: .AI, PDF, EPS, TIFF
- Preferred file format: PDF, .AI
- All text must be converted to outlines
- Print Standard: ISOcoated V2
- Minimum Resolution: 250 dpi
- Standard Resolution: 300 dpi for images, 1,200 dpi for vector graphics
- Colour Space: CMYK
We can only process spot colours if they are set up as an extra colour channel within the file. The spot colour must be indicated using the original Pantone identifier.
To produce professional data, we recommend using Adobe’s Distiller, InDesign and Illustrator programs.
If you provide us with RGB data, we will convert this into the CMYK colour space without consulting you further. However, this conversion may cause a colour shift. We can accept no responsibility if this occurs – so please ensure that your files are in the CMYK colour space for the best results!
Our pre-press department might slightly change the size of your labels by +/- 2mm. This ensures great edge-to-edge print quality.
Other Things to Consider
The stamping area must be set up as an extra colour channel called ‘hotfoil’ and be set to overprint.
We can only offer flat hot-foil stamping, not embossing.
The colour Opaque White must be set up as an extra colour channel called HPI-White and be set to overprint.
Set the print output to PDF/X-1a: 2003 (or high-quality printing).
Set crop marks.
3mm bleed all-around the edges of the artwork image (having an extra 3mm of space around the label artwork ensures that your artwork isn’t compromised when cutting the labels).
We do not require other information such as registration marks, control strips, etc.
Dielines (0.2mm line weight) must be set up in the PDF file as an extra colour channel named ‘cutter’.
Die cutting is only possible around the label, we do not offer punching.
Dielines must be set to overprint.