How to prepare your file for printing with Lotsa Print and Signage.
Please contact us if you need any additional information.
All files supplied as print ready artwork must be saved in pdf format with CMYK colours, fonts embedded or converted to outlines, a minimum of 2mm bleed and images preferably at 300dpi or higher resolution.
Other file types such as jpg, InDesign, Illustrator, Photoshop and Word Documents are not print ready and require additional prepress where possible to convert to a print ready format, which will incur additional costs. PowerPoint and Publisher files cannot be used and must be saved in pdf format before supplying to Lotsa (Print output quality from these programs cannot be guaranteed).
Bleed & Margins
Bleed is the buffer zone around your artwork that allows for artwork to print to the edge of the product. Lotsa requires a minimum of 2mm bleed on standard printing and 5mm on books and wide format jobs. Any background colours or images that are placed on the edge of the page must be extended past the page edge to the appropriate bleed margin.
For the same reason that bleed is required, a safe area margin inside the trim size is required to ensure that no important information gets trimmed off. The minimum margin is 3mm but we recommend 4mm.
All commercial printers print in CMYK. RGB colours are not supported and when converted to CMYK can lose their vibrancy. For this reason, all artwork should be supplied in CMYK to minimise variation in colour from what is expected and what is produced. If your artwork is RGB and converted by Lotsa we cannot guarantee any consistency in the colours printed.
For the best image quality images used in your artwork should be 300dpi. Anything lower will result in a loss of clarity. Please note that saving a 100dpi image at 300dpi to achieve a larger size will not improve the quality of the final printed image.
All fonts used in your artwork must be embedded in the print ready PDF or converted to curves/outlines before creating the PDF file. If a file is printed without an embedded font there is a high chance that the appearance of the text will change.