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When supplying your own artwork, we would recommend PDF and Image File, these formats produce the best results, we also accept MS Word but it can have undesired results . If you have chosen easiprint to create your artwork, you can also supply psd, indd, cdr, ai, eps, tiff, bmp or MS excel.

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Adobe Acrobat (best choice)


This is our preferred format for supplying your artwork and will give the best results, it’s easy to create a PDF from most applications or via free 3rd party plugins.

Things to check:

Your PDF document size matches the product size on our website. (ie. if you have ordered A4, your PDF should also be A4)
That all fonts our either embedded or converted to outline/curves
The PDF resolution should be 300dpi or higher
That 3mm bleed is added to all edges (if required)
Crop Marks are used (if possible)

The colour format matches the product you have ordered (ie. if it’s CMYK, your artwork should be created as CMYK) (if possible)
  
3rd Party PDF Creator

We can't recommend any particular one but here are a couple of good free ones.
Most applications have the option to save as PDF but if it doesn't you could use a 3rd party PDF generator. 

pdfforge
pdf995


If you have chosen easiprint to create your artwork, this format is great for supplying logos and any clipart



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Image File
 

An image file such as a jpeg is easy to create and eliminates problems such as missing fonts etc, however it is not the best format for a text heavy document with small fonts as the text won’t look as sharp.

Things to check:

Your image size matches the product size on our website. (ie. if you have ordered A4, your image should also be A4)
That the image resolution is 300dpi or higher, if small text is used we would recommend 600dpi
That 3mm bleed is added to all edges (if required)
Crop Marks are used (if possible)
The colour format matches the product you have ordered (ie. if it’s CMYK, your artwork should be created as CMYK) (if possible)

Image Editors
 

We use Adobe Photoshop, which is an amazing program but unless you do a lot of creative work or photo manipulation, it's probably overkill and is expensive.

There are some really good free image edtors available such as

G.I.M.P.
Paint.NET

If you have chosen easiprint to create your artwork, this format is great for supplying photos and any clipart



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Microsoft Word

We would always recommend creating a PDF from Word (if possible) rather than supplying a word file. Unfortunately Word documents can suffer from formatting problems as result content can move, there is also the issue of missing font’s and it only supports RGB colour (see colour guide). PDF and Image files don't have this problem.

Things to check:

Your word document size matches the product size on our website. (ie. if you have ordered A4, your document should also be A4)
Word's default resolution setting is low (see tip below)


MS Word Tip

Word's default quality settings for new documents are low, this means everything you place into your document will be downgraded. To change this setting, open a blank word document and apply the below settings before you add anything to the document

Within Word, go to FILE > OPTIONS > ADVANCED
In the section Image Size and Quality choose your document from the drop down menu, 
TICK Do not compress images in file
Change Set default target output to 220ppi

If you have chosen easiprint to create your artwork, this format is great for supplying text such as info