Artwork Specifications

All artwork supplied to North West Press must be supplied as a pdf file. Any artwork not supplied as a pdf will be considered a basic redraw and may incur an artwork fee.

Getting your artwork to us
There are different ways to send us artwork.
• Send an email to
• Bring your files in to our office.
• Send us a USB or removable media device.

CMYK Printing
Conventional offset printing is done using 4 inks to make up colour images & text. It is very important that all files are supplied as CMYK or a colour conversion will be performed that may not convert as you would expect/like.
Photographs from cameras are generally in RGB format as RGB is a better form of conveying images composed of light i.e. on computers or tv screens. This does not convert to print so all RGB images will be converted to CMYK. It is imperative that this conversion is done prior to sending your file.
A third type of colour format is PMS or Pantone Matching System. Rather than being a collection of 3 or 4 colours like CMYK and RGB, pantone colours are specific shades with their own codes which create consistent colouring every time.
We suggest using 100% black for all text and lines on your artwork. This means that the CMYK values should be set to 0 for cyan, magenta and yellow, and 100 for black. Please make sure all lines and text are also set to overprint.

Artwork Sizes
We require document page sizes to be as listed:
Finished Size Size with 5mm bleed
BC 90mm x 55mm 100mm x 65mm
DL 98mm x 210mm 108mm x220mm
A6 103mm x 148mm 113mm x 158mm
A5 148mm x 210mm 158mm x 220mm
A4 210mm x 297mm 220mm x 307mm
A3 297mm x 420mm 307mm x 430mm
A2 420mm x 594mm 430mm x 604mm

Envelopes – Finished Sizes
DL Envelope 220mm x 110mm
DL+ Envelope 235mm x 120mm
C5 Envelope 229mm x 162mm
C4 Envelope 324mm x 229mm

When printing right to the edge of a product you must include 3mm bleed on each edge. For booklets 4mm bleed is required on all pages.
Bleed is ‘extra’ artwork that will be chopped off the edge of the flyer but allows margins for guillotines to trim into allowing no chance of white edges showing.
Make sure there is NO important information or image area in the bleed area as this WILL be trimmed off.
Do not put any important information or text within 2mm of the product edge (i.e. 4mm from the artwork edge) as trimming can move 2mm either way of the trim area and your text could be trimmed off.
Avoid borders where possible as these will often be uneven if the sheet moves 1mm in either direction.

Image resolution
All images should be input into your files as 300dpi minimum and scaled to 100%
Make sure that you check that your images display how you would like them to at 100% when creating the artwork.

The minimum line thickness for all artwork is 0.3pt while text should be at least 8pt.
All fonts must be embedded before your files are made into a pdf. Make sure you check your pdf before sending and make sure that it looks as it should. Alternatively converting your text to curves will avoid any font issues.