- Pantone (PMS) & full colour printing available
- A4 (210mm x 297mm) finished size
- Laser Print compatible stocks
- Design & Typesetting services available
- Other paper stocks & sizes accommodated
Print-ready artwork explained
The process of ensuring artwork is 'print-ready' involves a common set of industry standards.
Here, we’ll briefly go through some of the universal basics including what the terms mean, and why each one is important. Or, read our detailed explanation of print-ready artwork, designed to make the process easier.
At Discount Printing, we require a ‘3mm bleed’ for print-ready artwork. In printing, bleed refers to a visual style where the colour extends all the way to the edge of the paper. 3mm bleed is designed to ensure there are no thin white strips on the edges of the card in the final product.
2. 1-up on a single page
‘1-up’ printing means that each printed page is a separate page within your supplied artwork file. This is particularly important in relation to brochure and calendar printing, for example.
3. Nominate all colours as CMYK
When designing artwork, there are two main colour systems used to determine colours: RGB and CMYK. Before supplying final artwork, be sure to check the colour mode being used by your design application or software, and change it to CMYK if necessary.
4. Ensure your file type is correct
Ensure you create or submit your artwork as one of the following file types: PDF (our main preference for file types), TIFF, JPG, or EPS.
- PDF (our main preference for file types)
5. Use high resolution artwork and imagery
At Discount Printing, we request all artwork is supplied at a resolution of 300dpi or higher, because artwork with a low dpi value can print as blurry or pixelated. DPI is relatively common information that should be easy enough to find—even simple programs like Microsoft Paint can provide a reading on values.
6. Convert text to paths, curves or outlines
In this instance, ‘paths’, ‘curves’ and ‘outlines’ are relatively interchangeable. Each term refers to the process involved in transforming the text in your artwork into a graphic element. If the text in the artwork is converted and saved as a graphical element, or image, it cannot be changed. ‘Create outlines’—or similar—is a common function in the Adobe suite of design programs.
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About Stationery Letterheads
To most people running businesses, printing letterheads is considered to be a nuisance and more than an additional cost to the running of the business, than a necessary commodity of a business. However though it is possible to run a business without any form of letterhead printing, it should be known that letterheads do have an important part in the accentuation of the business in more formal means in its networks of contacts, clients and affiliations.
With letterheads, you find that it compliments all forms of communication efforts and transactions. This is because it smoothens transactions into a familiar custom which the business community tends to acknowledge. A letterhead tends to make your letter look more formal and business related which is good for an official statement.
At dicount printing we use offset printing to print large volumes of letterheads at high speed. In addition to this, you'll find that our letterhead printing guarantees a consistent and sharp print that helps shape all the details of letterheads to its fine print.
There are some important points to remember, and implement in your letterhead printing, so that you get a much more impressive and distinct letterhead. The most important part of letterhead printing is the logo. This is because the core competencies, values and the company philosophy are all attached to the logo. And it is this logo that is easily and quickly recognized by clients and business partners.
Include your company name, phone numbers and email address when printing letterheads. This makes it easier for clients and partners to contact you, if necessary. Though there are different sized letterheads, the most popular option is the 8.5 x 11 which is easily sent through mail and fax.
It is always better to use four color printing to give your business letter more character. It also makes your logo more identifiable and easily recognizable by clients. Use all these points, and the help of a professional printer to print letterheads that will help your company reach new heights with its marketing potential.
Discount Printing can offer you the best prices on all the stationery you need for your business.
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We deliver to Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide, Perth, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart and right throughout Australia - order online or contact us today, we will beat the price of any local printer.