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what is a print ready file?

When you have your work professionally printed you will be often asked to provide a print ready file. While you may be able to click and print from your word, excel or publisher file at home or work, it works a little differently on a commercial press. These types of files typically require some intervention to make them print ready, so understand that sometimes artwork charges may typically apply from your printer.

Most printers use layout programs such as Adobe InDesign and have certain specifications that need to be met in order to make the printing process run smoothly.

The Print Group's expectations of a print ready file are:

  • Press quality PDF files preferred, with all fonts embedded and transparencies flattened.
  • Images should be at least 300ppi for best results.
  • Use CMYK or SPOT colour as specified in your quotation (no RGB)
  • Please include crop marks and at least 2mm bleed if required.
  • Here are some common issues that prevent a file from being print ready:

    1. The document has not be sized correctly.
    2. Colours are not set to specifications; eg. RGB instead of CMYK or SPOT, or SPOT where there should be CMYK.
    3. Text and images are too close to the edge of the page. Rule of thumb is to keep all information at least 5mm from the trimmed edge.
    4. Images and designs are not high resolution. These should be a minimum of 300ppi at 100% size.
    5. Bleed is incorrect. Artwork should extend at least 2mm past the crop marks.
    6. Crop marks are missing or not correctly placed.
    7. Spelling and grammar errors.
    8. Document is supplied as a word, excel or publisher file.

    Printing concepts can be overwhelming and sometimes confusing. The Print Group offer a graphic design service to help you achieve the desired look of your next printed piece. When it doubt, it is usually best to leave it to the professionals.

    For further information please download our supplied artwork guide on our web site or give us a call to discuss your project.

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    project showcase: barrier reef pools

    The Print Group work with local business Barrier Reef Pools on their graphic design and printing requirements including: their business cards, promotional brochures and flyers, letterheads, presentation folders, invoice books and posters.

    The majority of work we do for Barrier Reef Pools is for the design of their large variety of brochures. As with all graphic design and branding, ensuring a clean, crisp and consistent flow of design is key to representing the business in a professional manner.

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    behind the scenes: logan chamber - women's business lunch

    As proud members of the Logan Chamber of Commerce, we love attending the networking events. The Women's Business Lunch is a great opportunity to meet with like-minded women of business, while enjoying a fabulous lunch. There is always a presenter on the day, offering tips, advice and information about their business and how they can assist. The opportunity to provide business cards and promotional material is available for members to display on the designated trade table and each attendee has their moment to shine with a 20 second "elevator speech". It's a great way to see who is in the room, that you may want to introduce yourself to and exchange business cards.

    The Women's lunch is held monthly, so if you want to network with some local business women visit their website to book your spot!

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    project showcase: the print group - rto promotional recipe booklet

    RTO Promotional Recipe Booklet

    The Print Group approached Velg Training to offer some sponsorship and promotional opportunities for the 2014 National Vet Conference at the Brisbane Convention & Exhibition Centre. In exchange for the opportunity to provide promotional material to the delegates, The Print Group printed posters, corflute signage and postcards for the event.

    The team at The Print Group wanted to offer something of value to the delegates that wasn't simply a promotional brochure. After a brainstorming session, the team decided to design and print a recipe booklet with decadent recipes chosen and lovingly baked by the staff. As The Print Group specialise in printing training material for RTO's we started the recipe book with a fun "Recipe for Great Print Material", followed by four mouthwatering recipes. After a busy weekend of baking, followed by a mini photo shoot, our recipe booklet was born! We concentrated on making the food imagery the focus of the design in order to showcase the baked goodies which, incidentally, we all ended up feasting on all week!

    The booklet was 150mm x 150mm and 12 pages, printed full colour throughout. The cover was printed on 250gsm colour copy stock and the inside pages on 100gsm colour copy stock. It was printed in-house on our Xerox Digital Press and then saddle-stitched to finish.

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    what are crop marks and bleed?

    Crop marks and bleed are essential components to a print ready file. Here we will look at these terms in closer detail.

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