Artwork Guidelines

Our step by step guide to perfect artwork

A guide to help you supply perfection

Keeping a balance

Welcome to Your Print Partner's Artwork Guidelines.
We hope to make the process of artwork production, from design to print, as efficient and as simple as possible.

Follow the guidelines below to ensure we can transform your ideas into high-quality, print-ready designs.

What's the difference?


CMYK and RGB.

These are the two colour modes used when producing artwork. RGB is used for digital publications and CMYK is used strictly for print purposes only. This means all artwork we receive for print must be in the CMYK colour format.

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Pantones


Although we do not use Pantone ink, we are able to accurately match these colours where applicable. We can provide printed samples to give you an idea of what colour you will be receiving. These ink colours can also be found using their Hex Codes, using the link below.

COLOUR FINDER

What is DPI?


DPI stands for "Dots per Inch". It is used to measure the resolution of an image both on screen and in print. DPI measures how many dots fit into a linear inch. Therefore, the higher the DPI, the more can be shown in an image. Due to this, we require all artwork to be submitted as 300 DPI. Also, since most monitors have a native resolution of 72 or 96 pixels per inch, they cannot display a 300 DPI image in actual size. Instead, when viewed at 100%.

Which format?


We access artwork in an array of formats. The most common and preferred formats are high quality .PDF, .JPG, .PNG, .TIFF, .EPS and .SVG files.

Our most preferred format is .PDF

However, this must be in the PRINT FORMAT, as opposed to INTERACTIVE in order for it to be CMYK.

Adobe YES, Microsoft Office NO!


Alternatively, if you use the Adobe Creative Suite, we can also accept .AI (Illustrator), .PSD (Photoshop) and .INDD (InDesign) files, provided all elements of the document are embedded and are high quality.

Although we accept an array of formats, we do prefer PDF documents.

We encourage our clients to not use Microsoft Office when creating their own artwork, as it is not made for commercial printing.

Embedding documents

If you are sending over .AI (Illustrator), .PSD (Photoshop) and .INDD(InDesign) raw files, it is key that you embed all images and typefaces contained within the document. This is so our Design Team can slightly adjust your artwork if necessary during their standard artwork check before it goes to print. For all original artwork, we advise that you compress all of your files, images, typefaces into a .zip file, so we can amend them.

Fitting to templates

Most of our products have a specific template that must be adhered to, in order for your artwork to fit the product. These are available through our dedicated Sales Team and are available in .PDF and .AI format.

Double sided products will require you to flip the existing template horizontally manually. When using one of our templates, please ensure that you hide the guidelines layer before sending!

Please note that you need to fill the entire template, especially on your Roller Banner templates, not just the inner area. If you are a Trade client and are using your own templates and frames, your submitted artwork and sizing is your own responsibility.

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Sending us large files

Sometimes designing artwork can be a long process and results in large file sizes.

Standard email supports files up to 10mb*, and in many cases your artwork may exceed this.

Not to worry, there are free services available to work around this, hassle free!

WeTransfer

Dropbox

Google Drive

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Design service


If you are looking to have artwork created, we offer a full in-house design service, where our team of highly skilled designers can create, amend and review your designs as per your instructions, and only send to print when you are happy with the final design.

If you have your logo in high resolution, brand guidelines, examples of your branding or a website link for us to use as reference material, we always appreciate it!

Do you have a style in mind?


This, alongside preferences of colour, typeface etc, and being as specific as possible if you have a particular style in mind, allows us the process to be as smooth as possible, unless you would prefer to 'take the reins' on how the artwork is to be designed. For more information about this, please enquire with the sales team.

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We like to put things together


We aim to provide our customers with the highest standards of design. This is why we are always eager to have the opportunity to design and create artwork, regardless of size.


From start to finish, we at Your Print Partner do our best to make sure the whole process is as easy and as efficient for you as possible. In order to do this, we advise you provide us with as much information as possible, so we understand your branding and how to use it correctly.

We're always happy to help


If you are unsure what product would best suit your needs, our Sales Team are always more than happy to advise you on which products are most suited to your specific purpose.


Whether you're a small business owner, Events manager or Director, we're confident we can find a product range that will perfectly communicate your brand and message with boldness and clarity.

How long should it?


At Your Print Partner, we pride ourselves on our time management. We are very fortunate in being flexible and efficient with delivery times for our customers. We are able to fully process print and deliver artwork (provided it adheres to the guidelines in this document) in and exceptionally time effective manner.


We also provide an 'Express charge' for orders that are required within a 48 hour time frame.

How the artwork process works

Place an order


You can place an order online today by following the link below, from here you will be guided through the ordering process step by step. Download your required template and keep to the art guidelines. This will help streamline the printing process.

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Would you like us to design for you?


Our accomplished design team, with over 30 years of experience between them, can help! We'll send you a proof of the design and when you're happy, we'll print.


A small design fee of only £25 per hour will be charged if you require this service. Contact us today to place an order.

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Just checking?


If all you require is checking of artwork or a proof, we'll sort that for you with a small of charge of £5. During this process, we'll check all artwork is CMYK, that it isn't pixelated, all text is outlined and the correct template used. We don't check text and spelling, this part is up to you.


Any issues and we'll contact you for updated artwork, when everything is ok we'll send it to print.

Just printing


No checks involved, the artwork goes directly to print. If you decide to go straight to print, responsibility for correct artwork falls to you. Please adhere to all guidelines above and everything will run smoothly. We look forward to hearing from you.

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