Artwork Guidelines

Artwork Guidelines

Please note that print pricing is applicable only to "Press Ready" files prepared as outlined below, or as may be alternately specified for certain product lines. Any job submitted which requires artwork or does not meet the required specifications may be subject for re-quotation. Please click here for additional Terms and Conditions.

If providing your own artwork, please ensure it meets the following specifications:

Multiple Page PDFs

Each Press Ready file should be supplied in PDF format. The following examples are supplied for clarification.

  • A single-sided flyer should be presented as a single page PDF
  • A double-sided brochure or business card should be presented as a 2 page PDF (page 1 being the front; page 2 being the back)
  • A 16 page self cover booklet or catalogue should be presented as a 16 page PDF (page 1 being the outside of the front cover; page 16 being the outside of the back cover).
  • A booklet with the cover in a different stock than the pages should be presented in 2 files. A four page PDF for the cover (Page 1 is the outside of the front cover; page 2 the inside of the front cover, etc.), and a multi-page PDF for the internal pages.

Get Printed! will also accept artwork from the following applications, however, additional fees will be applicable for conversion of the files.  All fonts and assets must be provided with your file.

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe PageMaker
  • Macromedia Freehand

We recommend all artwork to be supplied as PDF.


Please ensure that bleed is allowed where required.  3mm bleed is necessary for standard flat sheet print items; 5mm for large format.  Certain items, including books & promo items and others, may have custom requirements.  Please ask for clarification where needed.


Please do not use borders that are designed to create an even margin around the document. A trimming tolerance of +/- 2mm must be allowed.  For example, if you design a border 3mm from the edges all around a page, the end result may be that the border is 1mm on one side and 4mm on the opposite side, creating an unintended, unbalanced look.


Unless we have quoted specifically for PMS colours, please ensure that colours are CMYK.  PMS and RGB colours are automatically converted, which generally produces undesirable results.  Use PMS colours only if they are intended to be printed as such. This service is available at additional cost.

Colour Matching

This is not offered as part of our standard service. The majority of orders are ganged together to achieve "economies of scale", then printed using industry standard density settings.  This process may produce a variations in colour due to atmospheric conditions, varying stock properties, and separate print runs.

Note: Colour critical requirements should be discussed with us prior to placing generic orders so that we may apply alternative solutions to produce the order exactly as you want it.

Document Size

Your document size must be the page size plus bleed.  Get Printed! standard page sizes are:

  • BC 90mm x 55mm
  • DL 99mm x 210mm
  • A6 105mm x 148mm
  • A5 148mm x 210mm
  • A4 210mm x 297mm
  • A3 297mm x 420mm
  • A2 420mm x 594mm
  • A1 594mm x 840mm
  • A0 840mm x 1189mm

If your artwork varies from Get Printed!'s standard print size for an item, sizing must be specified in the file name (width x height).  For example, Business Cards for a company named Macs that are 90mm x 45mm should have a filename such as"Macs_BC_90x45.pdf."

Note:  A fee of $20 for special set-up and trimming will be added to orders for non-standard sized items.

Centred artwork

Ensure your artwork is provided 1-up and centred on each page of the PDF.  If your artwork is off-centre, it will imposition and trim incorrectly.  Be sure not to include file information and colour bars at the bottom of the page, as this will usually put your file off centre.


Images should be CMYK at 300dpi for the intended final size of the image.

Ink Cover

Please be aware of the "Total Ink Cover" you intend to use in your design. The heavier the cover, the longer it will take to produce your job, as this will affect trimming, folding, and packing.  Especially heavy covers are susceptible to potential scuffing.  We recommend no more than 300% coverage out of a possible 400% (CMYK @ 100% each). You may wish to consider a sealing coat to avoid these concerns.  We strongly recommend doing so for matte stocks or prints with large areas of solid colours.


To ensure a pleasing result, we recommend not placing critical objects closer than 5mm from any trim line. Non-critical images and colour may be placed to allow bleed beyond the trim line.  Standard envelopes require a 10mm internal margin (white border).

Rich Black

To ensure a nice, rich black, use the following values:  Black 100%, Cyan 50%, Magenta 10%, Yellow 10%.  Do not use rich black for text -- use 100% black only.


If possible, convert text to outlines, curves, or paths.  Otherwise, ensure they are embedded.  As alreday noted, do not use rich black for text -- use 100% black only.


A 2mm variance is allowable for trimming.  This is the purpose of bleeds and internal margins. To ensure a pleasing result, we recommend not placing critical objects closer than 5mm from any trim line.  Non critical images and colour may be placed to bleed beyond the trim line.


Watermarks, or images used for similar purposes, should not be set at less than 8% total ink coverage.