Artwork Checklist - Copy Shop Print & Signs

Artwork Checklist

Preparing print-ready artwork for commercial printing can be confusing, especially if it is your first time. To help you out we have created a simple checklist of the most basic requirements for press ready artwork. Please use it as a guide before uploading your artwork {as it may help you save valuable time and avoid any unnecessary printing delays).

Before submitting your artwork, please check that:

Understanding Bleed

If you are supplying press ready artwork you need to understand how to set your bleed up.

This template has been preset with internal and external bleed margins to help you correctly prepare your artwork.

IMPORTANT: You need to carefully follow these instructions when preparing your artwork. Failure to do so may result in artwork incorrectly prepared for print.

When you open up the template file you will be greeted with guides similar to the diagram below:

The External line is the external bleed margin. All background images, colours, patterns and artwork elements which extend to the trim edge must also extend to the external bleed margin.

The Middle line is the trim edge. This is the line along which your printing will be trimmed.

The Internal line is the internal bleed margin. All text, logos and important graphics must be kept within the internal bleed margin. Any text or images that extend beyond the internal bleed margin risk being trimmed off during finishing.

Using the PDF Templates

  1. Place the PDF template into your graphic design program.
  2. Create your design.
  3. Ensure you have followed all instructions in the above section titled ‘Understanding Bleed.’
  4. Ensure all images and fonts are embedded.
  5. Remove all template guides from your artwork.
  6. Save your file as a PDF file.

Please carefully check your final file before uploading your artwork.

Download PDF Templates

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