Artwork FAQs

Print Artwork

Artwork Format

To ensure your order goes smoothly and is printed correctly, please ensure your artwork meets the following:

  • File format: .pdf, .eps, .svg, .tiff, .psd
  • Resolution: 300dpi
  • Bleed: 3mm
  • Colour: CMYK
  • Fonts: Embedded / Outlined

Please note that RGB and Pantone colours will be automatically converted to CMYK, which might affect the colour of your print.

 

Sending Artwork

There are a number of options for sending us your artwork. The easiest way is to use our dedicated upload page – Artwork Upload. Alternatively, if your artwork is below 10mb you can email us – info@leedsprintingcompany.co.uk. If it’s over 10mb you can use WeTransfer. Please ensure you mention your order number somewhere so we know what it is for!

FAQs

What is Bleed?

Bleed is the ink that prints beyond the trim edge of the print. As there is a small amount of movement when printing with any press, bleed is required to avoid your prints being trimmed with a small white border. At Leeds Printing Company we ask that you include a 3mm bleed on all artwork you submit, if you’re not sure how to add a bleed just let us know and we will talk you through it.

The difference between CMYK and RGB?

In the simplest of terms: monitors emit light and paper absorbs light. Computer monitors show color as red, green and blue light. Print production requires the four-color process CMYK.

CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black- the inks mix together to make the colours on your prints. It is important either yourself or your designer designs in CYMK to avoid colours printing differently to what they look like on screen.

RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue which creates colours for display on screen.

What does Resolution and DPI mean?

All images should be 300 dpi. This means 300 dots per inch, which is the recommended resolution for print. Anything below 200 dpi, we can print but the resolution may be poor.

What type of files can I upload?

We can accept artwork uploads in the following file formats-

  • TIF
  • TIFF
  • EPS
  • AI
  • PSD
  • PDF

If you are unsure if your artwork is saved in the right format, we are happy to show you how to check.

What is GSM?

The term GSM refers to the weight of paper, however print companies commonly use it to give clients an idea of paper thickness. As a starting point, standard printer paper is generally 80gsm.

Will you match and print PANTONE® colours?

We will convert PANTONE® colours into a CMYK equivalent.