The things to remember with preparing an artwork are:
- Download the template from our website. Click here for the page.
- Ensure all artwork is greyscale / CMYK / 1-bit .
- Do not use RGB colour.
- Greyscale and CMYK images should be 300 dpi, 1-bit images should be 1200 dpi.
- Add 3mm bleed to the paper parts.
- Keep text and important items 3mm away from the trim.
- Supply all linked images.
- Fonts should be supplied (subject to your font license agreement), embedded, or converted to curves.
- Only TrueType or OpenType PC fonts can be accepted. All Macintosh fonts can be accepted (remember to supply printer font and screen font files).
- Inkjet printouts cannot be matched to on the press.
- PDFs should be viewed with the "Overprint Preview" turned on.
Booklet refers to the booklet at the front of CD jewel case.
Inlay Card (sometimes known also as back tray card or just tray card) refers to the one piece of paper at the back of the CD jewel case.
CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) refers to the 4 colour printing process used by all professional litho printers. It is used for all paper parts and for litho print on the CD itself, but not for silk screen print on the CD itself.
RGB (red, green, blue) refers to the way digital colour is produced, such as your computer screen or a digital camera. We can not use anything sent to us in RGB as professional litho printers’ software can not read it. It is ‘computer colour only’.
DPI means dots per inch that make up the image.
1-bit refers to black and white with no greyscale.
Grey scale is black and white and the 256 levels of grey in between.
Bleed refers to an artwork area, beyond the outside edges of your design, but necessary to incorporate into your design to allow for good quality cropping (cutting) of your booklet or inlay.
Trim means the line where your booklet or inlay is going to be cut.
Inkjet printouts refer to computer printouts.
- Your master
- Artwork on disc
- Hard proofs of all artwork (this is not a cromalin but a computer copy of your artwork for component checking only, it is not to colour match)
- An A4 sheet with your tracklisting and timings
- A letter to us with all your details and details of the order.
Please ensure that your production material is packed carefully so that it does not get damaged in the post.