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Download one of our blank file templates and setup
your artworks with the correct bleeds and margins to
ensure your final print is as accurate as possible.
When printing, 300 PPI or 600 DPI are the best print resolution for digital printers. The design of a file with a resolution below 300 PPI or 600 DPI will result in blurring and pixelization. On the other hand, you should not design with a resolution higher than 300 PPI or 600 DPI. As far as the eye can see, there will be no difference in print quality. It will also make your file much larger (increase file upload/transfer time).
We always recommend 300 PPI or 600 DPI drawings to print, but we also know that sometimes you do not have the ability to edit your drawings. If you cannot print your files with a resolution of 300 PPI or 600 DPI, you will have to take some measures to ensure that a lower resolution works for you.
We recommend that you set the resolution in your graphics editor (i.e. Photoshop) to 300 PPI before you start drawing your file. Increasing the resolution after the start will still result in blurring/pixelation.
For more information download our handy resolution guide.
All supplied artwork is checked by our team before printing. If we have any problems with your files, we will contact you and advise you on how to change the format or if there are any issues with the artwork. Please note that conversion to CMYK or to standard print sizes may occur if your files are not supplied correctly.
During our checks we will look for the following;
For more information, why not download our Colour Guide.
When graphics continue to the edge of a sheet of paper, bleed is necessary. Why? A commercial printing press can’t print to the edge of a sheet of paper, instead multiple products are printed onto a larger sheet of paper and cut down to size.
Because it is impossible to cut exactly to each design a little over print on every side is required. This is the bleed, and any professionally printed document will require it and a corresponding safe zone.
How much bleed do I need?
The industry standard is 3mm of bleed on each edge of a document, with a 3mm safe zone inside.
For example, an A4 sheet set-up with the correct bleed will be 216mm wide x 303mm deep, it will then be cut down to the finished size of 210mm wide x 297mm deep.
What is the safe zone?
The safe zone is an additional 3mm inside of the finished document where there should be no text or images you do not want to go up to or bleed off of the edge of the finished document.
For more information, please download our Bleed Guide.
You can upload your print ready files in the following formats: PDF, EPS, JPG or TIFF.
We can also print from Photo Shop (PSD), CorelDraw (CDR), Illustrator (AI), InDesign (ID), Publisher (PUB) & Quark files (QXD), or similar file formats. by converting them to PDF prior to printing.
Make sure that your PDF file is saved directly from your graphics program in standard PDF/X1a. To avoid problems with layers and transparencies during the printing process, it is recommended to use the “1.3 compatibility” setting when saving artworks.
If you are sending TIFF files, be sure to reduce the number of layers to one.
If you are unable to supply your artwork in any of these formats, please contact us prior to placing your order.
You should always create your files in the final size that you want your printed document to be, a business card should always be 85mm x 55mm (finished size), with 3mm of added bleed (91mm x 61mm) that will be cut off after printing to make sure that there are no white edges on your finished cards.
Any artwork that is too small or too large must be scaled to the correct print size, this results in a reduced quality final result.
Please feel free to give us a call to go over any questions you may have about print sizes or for more information on paper sizes please download our handy size guide.
Yes we are! We offer the widest range of eco-friendly printing products available in Portsmouth using vegetable based inks. We also offer many products including recycled business cards, brochures, presentation folders, stationery, catalogues, flyers, calendars and more.
FSC paper is now our standard stock.
Historically, the printing industry has had a poor reputation for caring for the environment, with excessive use of water and electricity, paper waste and the use of volatile chemicals resulting in toxic waste. Protecting the environment is one of Squid Print’s major concerns, and we strive to put our planet first.
And this is how Headline Printers is making a difference:
The CMYK colour model (also known as process colour, or four colour) is a subtractive colour model, based on the CMY colour model, used in colour printing, and is also used to describe the printing process itself.
CMYK refers to the four ink plates used in some colour printing: cyan, magenta, yellow, and key (black). When you are creating your files, be sure to check the colour mode as programs like Photoshop, Word and many others use RBG by default, not CMYK. CMYK may look duller on a computer screen than RGB, and this is more noticeable in large solid colour areas.
We require industry standard formats for all uploaded files. We keep quality in mind when we print every job. We accept the following file formats: TIF – JPG – PDF – EPS – PSD.
We can also print from CorelDraw, Illustrator, InDesign, Publisher & Quark files, or similar files by converting them to industry standard graphic formats like JPG, TIF or PDF. If you are unable to supply your artwork in any of these formats, please contact prior to placing your order.
Large black areas or fonts bigger than 36 point should use Rich Black which stops areas appearing gray. Rich Black is created with 30% Cyan, 30% Magenta, 30% Yellow & 100% Black. This setup will keep black areas looking rich and bold.
For best results with regular body text, do not use Rich Black, as this may appear blurry.
Paper should be addressed first in your design work. For postcards, the best option is to choose a thicker 350gsm to 450gsm card instead of a thinner card. For flyers a 130gsm gloss or 170gsm silk are the ideal options for these as they are more lightweight.
Business cards should never be printed on anything thinner than 350gsm silk on a coated stock or 250gsm on a good quality uncoated stock, but for the best results a 450gsm silk is what we would recommend. Uncoated paper is the best for getting rich and deep dark tones, making it ideal for black and white photographers. For colour photographers, uncoated paper can make colours look “older” than a glossy or silk paper will. Want to feel the difference? Then why not get in contact and ask to see some samples or for us to send you some.
What does it mean to outline a font? Outlining fonts involves turning text into objects. This process means the font files do not need to be installed on another computer for the files to open correctly, as we might not have the same fonts on our systems as you have. So if you are using a vector based program (Illustrator, InDesign, Quark, CorelDraw) please outline your fonts. This will convert them to a vector image, will not effect the clarity and will allow us to see the same text as you see on your screen.
At Headline Printers we have a few lamination options. Matt, Gloss, Spot UV, and Soft Touch. Choose the coating based on your application. For example, if you want to write on your cards with a pen, do not choose UV coating as a pen will not be able to write on it. In this case a matt or uncoated stock would suit.
Choose UV coating for flyers or banners and our soft touch gives a your printing that touch of elegance.