Artwork should be supplied in PDF format only.
Document Setup - When you create a new document in InDesign, choose from one of the standard sizes are set a custom size. Each page should be saved as one document running in sequential order (ie Page 1 is from cover, and last page is back cover). Please do not save as readers spreads.
For PUR bound books you will need to supply a separate PDF file for the cover only and include the spine when making the artwork (The spine thickness is displayed on our price calculator).
Bleed - In InDesign, set the bleed to 3mm at Top, Bottom, Inside and Outside when you are creating a new document. If you have already created a document, you can go back and set the bleed by going to the File menu and selecting Document Setup.
To check the bleed on your document, press ctrl W (or command W on a Mac). You will see a red border 3mm outside the document page. This 3mm border is where you need to extend images outside the final page size (if they are intended to print to the edge of the page). This 3mm is then trimmed off during the print finishing process.
Safe Zone - It is recommended that all text and prominent images that are not intended should be placed at least 5mm inside the edge of your page (ie where it is to be trimmed), or 8mm from the spine (in the case of PUR bound books) - this is to ensure that no important detail is cut off during the trimming process (which is accurate to the nearest 1.5mm).
Files should be produced ensuring that the colour option is set to CMYK (not RGB). Spot colours and RGB images will be converted to CYMK and may result in a slight colour change.
All non-vector artwork should be supplied at a minimum of 300dpi. This is very important as any lower resolution will result in your printed artwork being blurry and distorted. When saving artwork to PDF, you should save your artwork as follows;
Overall resolution: 2540dpi
Individual line art resolution: 1200dpi
Individual bitmap resolution: 300dpi
Please supply your artwork in PDF format only.
Creating a PDF from InDesign
From the file menu, choose âAdobe PDF Presetsâ.
From the âExport Adobe PDFâ dialogue box, choose âMarks and Bleedsâ from the left hand menu.
Then tick the following two boxes:
Then export the file.
You can choose PDF/X1a, PDF/X3 or PDF/X4 - Standard setting in inDesign or Quark Express. We recommend PDF/X4.