The right file type
At MR Printers, we can print from most common file types, however we prefer you send us a Print-Ready PDF format with at least 3mm bleed and crop marks.
The following are particularly popular with our customers:
PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format)
PSD (Adobe Photoshop)
AI (Adobe Illustrator)
INDD (Adobe InDesign)
QXD (Quark Xpress)
Quality printing requires high-resolution artwork. Whilst websites and other screen images tend to have a resolution of 72 dpi (dots per inch), work destined for print needs be supplied at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at its finished size.
The right colour profile
Lithographic printing requires colour artwork that is supplied in a CMYK (Cyan Magenta Yellow blacK) format. Using these four colours enables us to create superior printing to that achieved using three-colour digital RGB (Red Green Blue) processes. However, many popular file formats — such as digital camera generated JPGs —are created with an RGB colour profile.
We will happily convert RGB to CMYK for you, but you will need to check that you are happy with the colour conversion. For absolute assurance that the colours you have chosen are the colours we print, the best option is to provide us with CMYK artwork. Many popular software packages, such as Adobe Photoshop, CorelDraw and the free GimPhoto enable you to convert RGB files to CMYK, allowing you to make any necessary colour adjustments before your artwork is printed.
The right fonts and images
We are happy to accept artwork that has been created in Adobe InDesign or Quark Xpress. However, we will need all the fonts and images used to create your final design. Please get in touch to discuss our font availability. InDesign has a special ‘Preflight’ option, which will bundle necessary files together and alert you if any are missing. If you have any doubts, we are happy for you to provide us with a high-resolution PDF of your artwork, which will automatically have images and fonts embedded for our use.
A word About PDFs
PDFs are increasingly popular file formats, and we can print high quality work from them. We can create the best job if you can provide us with files that have:
3mm bleed (printing that goes over the edge of the sheet after trimming)
Trim marks that are centred on the document
CMYK colour mode