Artwork Guide:

To achieve the highest quality print it is important for artwork to be supplied to the highest possible standard. High quality artwork will result in high quality print. The information below gives some guidance on artwork preparation but please contact us if you require help in preparing your files for print.


Proofing:

PLEASE NOTE: We assume that the files you send us have been proofed by you and are ready for printing.  This means you have checked the document for all spelling and grammatical errors, colour issues, layout and design BEFORE sending us your artwork.  With this in mind you will not need to receive any further proofs from us.  Although we will do our best to ensure that the files you send us are set up correctly, if you follow the guidance you should not have any issues. If we have provided you with a proof, Solent Print can not be held responsible for any errors or omissions that occur after this has been approved.  If you would like to receive a Post-Ripped proof, please note these are only provided on request at the time of ordering, and will likely affect the turnaround of your order.


File types:

We require all artwork to be supplied as high resolution PDF files at the correct size for the print you are buying. We can convert files from other formats and can also re-size.

PDF files:

  • File type - files should be supplied as high resolution (export as press quality) 300dpi PDFs.
  • Images - all images used during artwork preparation should be 300dpi at the Finished Print Size to ensure good quality print.
  • Fonts - all fonts should be embedded (select embed fonts in distiller options) or converted to curves.
  • Colour pallette - please supply as a CMYK PDF, not RGB. It is important to ensure that all images used are also converted to CMYK. Using RGB PDFs can cause incorrect colours being printed or faults with RGB images.
  • Bleed - bleed and trim marks are nor required and will delay the printing process.
  • Layout - please supply as a SINGLE page PDF. 

Roller banners:

The artwork for your roller banners should be set up to the appropriate chosen width and height. The bottom 100mm of the banner material stays within the Roller Banner mechanism at the bottom of the banner and won't be seen. Please bear this in mind when setting up your artwork as it must be set up to the correct size. The print ready PDF must be at least 300dpi with a 3mm bleed if appropriate. It's fine to set the artwork up at 1/2 or 1/4 size as long as the dpi remains 300 at full size.

Budget roller banner stand (PVC / Lightstop Option):

The visible panel is available in either a 800mm or 850mm width, and is 2,000mm high.

Artwork size should be 800/850mm x 2,100mm high (treating the bottom 100mm as bleed)

Premium roller banner stand:

The visible panel is available in an 850mm width and is 2,050mm high. Artwork size should be 850mm x 2,150mm high (treating the bottom 100mm as bleed)

Exclusive roller banner stand:

The visible panel is available in a 850mm width and is150mm high. Artwork size should be 850mm x 2,250mm high (treating the bottom 100mm as bleed.

Super-Wide roller banner stand:

The visible panel is available in a 1m, 1.2m, 1.5m and 2m width, and the height is 2,050mm high. Artwork size should be (choose your width) x 2,150mm high (treating the bottom 100mm as bleed) 


General guidance:

  • Please do check and double check your artwork before uploading the final PDF file. It sounds obvious to us, but please check that the artwork you are providing is suitable for the product you are ordering.  If it's a PVC banner, please allow for hemming and eyelets
  • Do check spelling and grammar and make sure this is the final version which you are happy to have printed. Reprinting due to artwork errors is an added expense and we may have to charge.
  • Ensure that you have permission to use any images or logos included in your artwork. Make sure you're not breaching any copyright regulations.
  • We will not print any artwork which contains indecent or inappropriate images so please don't include them. 

Proofing:

  • If requested, we will supply PDF proofs, free of charge
  • Digital printed hard copy proofs incure a £10 charge

Making a PDF:

Quark Xpress: Make sure your artwork has a 3mm bleed (image area outside the trim area), and all fonts used are loaded. Go to: File / Export / Layout as PDF, this will give you the 'Export as a PDF' window, select 'PDF/X-1a:2001' under the 'pdf Style' and save.

In Design: Make sure your artwork has a 3mm bleed (image area outside the trim area), and all fonts used are loaded. Go to: File / Export under Format select 'Adobe PDF' save, this takes you to the 'Export' Adobe PDF window, under 'Adobe PDF Preset' select 'PDF/X-1a:2001' select 'Marks and Bleed' and click crop marks on and add 3mm bleed select Export.

Adobe Illustrator: Make sure your artwork has a 3mm bleed (image area outside the trim area), and all fonts used are loaded. Go to: File / Save as under Format select 'Adobe PDF' save, this takes you to the 'Export' Adobe PDF window, under 'Adobe PDF Preset' select 'PDF/X-1a:2001' select 'Marks and Bleed' and click crop marks on and add 3mm bleed select Save PDF.

Adobe Photoshop: Make sure your artwork has a 3mm bleed (image area outside the trim area), and all fonts used are loaded. Go to: File / Save as under Format select 'Photoshop PDF' save, this takes you to the 'Export Adobe PDF window, under 'Adobe PDF Preset' select 'PDF/X-1a:2001' then Save PDF.