Need some help setting up your own artwork to print? We’re here to help!

Here at Now Group we are able to print from your own artwork, we even work with some creative partners on a regular basis who provide their own artwork and use our services for their printing.

A lot of the time customers need help setting up their own artwork and are unsure the correct way to go about things. Whatever artwork is set up for – be it a rigid sign board, PVC banner, roll up banner, poster or sticker sheets, the majority of the time artwork is set up in the same way.

We are here to help answer any questions you may have. Even if we haven’t answered them here, feel free to contact us and we will be more than happy to pass on our advice.

With over 50 years combined experience in the print industry we know a thing or two about printing!

Wide Format Print

Wide format print is what we do best, it’s our bread and butter and what we love to do. Wide format printing can range from poster prints and signboards to PVC banners and site hoarding boards. Whether it is for a local company after new signage premises or a nationwide brand after some event branding and event promotion, we can print it.

There are a few essentials that we go through as we prepare a file for print and we are here to share them with you.

Wide Format Print Checklist:

  • CONVERT FONT TO OUTLINES
    This turns the font from an editable file to shapes and reduces the chance of errors in the printed document

  • EMBEDDED FILES
    Images ( and fonts where necessary ) need to be embedded before sending to a printer or they may get lost when you send you artwork and not appear when printed.

  • BLEED & TRIM MARKS
    Extend artwork over the edge of the document to ensure no white marks are visible when trimmed. For large format print we recommend 10mm bleed and trim marks.

  • HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES
    300dpi is ideal image resolution as it produces a sharp result however with some large format printing it is less critical and 72dpi works as it will be viewed from distance.

  • CMYK COLOUR PROFILE
    Printers use the CMYK colour profile with RGB being used for the web. Ensure your print document is set up at CMYK from the very beginning to avoid your print coming back with unexpected results.

  • VECTOR WHERE POSSIBLE
    Vectors are able to be scaled up and down without loss of quality and produce perfect results every time. This is why we recommend vectors wherever possible

Small Format Print

Small format printing includes business cards, flyers, menus, brochures, letterheads and stickers among other items. The same process is used for small format as it is for wide format except for a couple of critical points, especially when it comes to image resolution. Whereas you may be able to get away with 72dpi images for wide format print, it is essential that 300dpi images are used for small format as this printing is viewed close up.

See our checklist for the complete guide.

Small Format Print Checklist:

  • CONVERT FONT TO OUTLINES
    This turns the font from an editable file to shapes and reduces the chance of errors in the printed document

  • EMBEDDED FILES
    Images ( and fonts where necessary ) need to be embedded before sending to a printer or they may get lost when you send you artwork and not appear when printed

  • BLEED & TRIM MARKS
    Extend artwork over the edge of the document to ensure no white marks are visible when trimmed. For small format print we recommend 3mm bleed and trim marks.

  • SAFE ZONE
    It is good to have a ‘ safe zone ‘ around the edge of your work where no important information is placed outside of, at least 5mm is good practice.

  • HIGH RESOLUTION IMAGES
    300dpi is critical for small format to avoid pixelation as the images will be viewed up close. You’ll be surprised how often a pixelated image can ruin a print!

  • CMYK COLOUR PROFILE
    Printers use the CMYK colour profile with RGB being used for the web. Ensure your print document is set up at CMYK from the very beginning to avoid your print coming back with unexpected results.

  • VECTOR WHERE POSSIBLE
    Vectors are able to be scaled up and down without loss of quality and produce perfect results every time. This is why we recommend vectors wherever possible.

Hopefully this helps answer a few questions you may have in terms of setting up your own artwork. For any more questions don’t hesitate to get in touch!