How to set up and supply finished art – for Adobe Creative Cloud users

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Below are our guidelines for supplying finished artwork files, suitable for use in general digital and offset printing.

This guide assumes you are working in Adobe InDesign CC.

Document setup:

  • Flat products, such as business cards, should be set up to the finished page size of the product
  • Folded products, such as DL flyers, should be set up as a spread to the open, unfolded size of the product, with trim marks to indicate fold positions.
  • Saddle-stitch books should be set up to the page size of the product, as individual pages
  • Burst, PUR or Perfect Bound books should be set up to the page size of the product for the text section; the cover section should be set up as an outside and inside spread, with extra width and artwork included on the spread to create the spine.
  • Please consult with our customer service team to confirm the correct spine width prior to supplying artwork files.

Creating artwork:

  • Ensure you add bleed to any elements which touch the edge of the page
  • Check the effective image resolution of placed images; in the Link Info area of the Links pallet:
    • Images of 250 ppi or greater to will produce the sharpest result
    • Images between 150 and 250 ppi may appear slightly soft or blurry when printed
    • Images of 150 ppi and lower may be visibly blocky when printed
    • Logos are best sourced in a vector format, such as EPS or Adobe Illustrator
  • Make sure there is no overset text - indicated by a red square at the bottom right of text boxes

Supplying files to us:

  • Make sure you have installed our 'Eastern Press' Adobe PDF Preset - (click here for more information)
  • Choose 'File > Export...', select 'Adobe PDF (Print)' file type, and select a save location
  • Select the 'Eastern Press' Adobe PDF Preset option, then choose 'Export'
  • Send the PDF file via email for file under 10 MB, or a transfer service such as WeTransfer for larger files.

If you have any further questions, please search our knowledge base, or ask a question using the Chat feature at the foot of this page.

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