File Preparation

Creating your files

We want your print order to be exactly the way you intend it, however, we require your uploaded artwork files to be Press-Ready.  

We understand setting up print ready artwork is not a task for everyone. So if you need help, contact our office for assistance.

We gang up your printing on larger sheets and trim your job to size (we don't print at finished size, like an office or home printer) so we need the file set up properly.

If you're giving it a go... see how to set up files to meet our requirements, below.


Questions to ask yourself before submitting a Press Ready File

What format should my file be? Half Price Printing require all files supplied as high resolution PDF files (Some JPEG files are low resolution and not optimal for printing).

How high is hi-resolution? Optimal printing is produced when images are 300 dpi. Please note images used to create online/digital content look fine on screen but are usually low resolution and result in a fuzzy/ pixelated print. 

Is my artwork in CMYK colour? CMYK is the four colour print process we use to professionally print. If your file has been created using RGB colour, (traditionally used for web images), it will be converted. If you don’t have access to a program that can do this, or if you have a spot colour (PMS colour) request you will need to raise this with our sales team prior to printing. 

Where do I add Trim/Crop marks? Because we gang up your print job on large sheets, we need to know where to trim your job to it's final size on the guillotine. Trim marks are a guideline placed within 3mm of the four corners of your document's border.

Have I added external and internal bleed borders? External Bleed is the area around the outside border of your artwork. If colour goes all the way to the edge of your design, please put only that background colour in a 3mm wide border. 

Internal Bleed is an invisible 3mm buffer border inside your final artwork size where no text or images are placed. This ensures nothing important is too close to the edges of your design during the trimming process.

Increase the bleed area to 10mm on all booklet pages. When sending your booklet PDF, please add pages to one PDF document in chronological order.  



Additional Set Up

Printing Rich Black: If you require a deep black (rich black) the best combination is C60 M40 Y40 K0. However, this is for background colour. Make all text 100% black.  

Fonts:  Outline and embed all fonts. This means we can print them if we don’t have those particular fonts in our system. You may need a license to embed certain fonts, so please don't send the fonts with your design as it is not legal.

Gradients: Sometimes in printing banding can occur. To avoid banding when printing a gradient, ensure your gradient image file is prepared in high resolution (using Illustrator is best). 

If you have any questions, contact us for help!


Other things you may like to know

Why are your prices so cheap?

We are fully equipped with the latest in print technology and operate with an integrated workflow. This enables us to print onsite at less cost.

How do I setup my artwork?

Please refer to the Artwork Setup Guide on our website, if you cannot create or setup your print ready artwork, we can set it up for you. This however will be at a rate of $90 per hour. We will provide you the final print ready files and you can upload that when placing you order.

Do you deliver? Or can I pick-up my order?

We deliver Australia wide via courier. Please arrange for someone to be available to collect, or give authority to leave your print delivery. Alternatively, for a quicker turn-around you may pick up you order from our Broadmeadows factory.

What is your turn-around time?

Different products take varying times to complete. You can contact our office today to ask the general production time of your item. If you have an urgent need for an item, call us to assess the time it will take to get your order to you when you need it.  We also offer next day dispatch for some products, however you will need to contact a member of our sales team to see if it is applicable. This may cost a little bit extra. 

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept payment by credit card and direct deposit. For credit card payment we accept Visa and MasterCard.

How can I see my printing before print?

If you have opted to receive a proof, we will generate a low resolution digital proof of your artwork to send for approval via email. Your file will pass a pre-flight check before printing, RGB will be converted to CMYK. Images will need to pass a minimum 150dpi test to be suitable. You will need to approve via email before your artwork is sent to print.

My proof email says you converted from RGB and added bleed. What does that mean?

RGB is a colour mode (most web images are RGB). We print in CMYK colour mode. Your file is converted so our printer understands the colour to reproduce it in print. The bleed is the part on the border of a document that gives the printer a small amount of space to account for movement of the paper. If yours did not have the allocation, it has had been added to prepare it for print.

Why isn't shipping information available?

You may have listed your suburb and city when uploading your address information for delivery. Our freight calculator needs your city(or suburb) to match the postcode. 

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