ACC - Automatic Art Checker
Our Automatic Art Checker (AAC) is an automated pre-press process that will identify some of the basic print file prepress issues in real time and display them on screen. While the ACC can't pick up on every issue, it will pick up RGB, Spot Colours, resolution, crop mark and bleed issues.
While some of the ACC file errors can be over-ridden and sent to print anyway, some of them can't be.
Simple RGB issues, like having an RGB element is a file that should be CMYK, can be automatically colour converted at your risk or the file can be corrected and resupplied. Having the wrong page count through is an issue that we can't override.
What are Crop Marks and Bleed?
Why does my art file need Crop Marks and Bleed? Essentially, your art file will need 1. crop marks and 2. bleed, if you want to have it professionally printed by any printer.
So, what are Crop Marks and Bleed? Crop Marks are used by the Guillotine Operator as a guide on where to trim a printed product to it's cut or final size. You might ask, can't they just cut at the end of the art? The answer to that would be No. This brings us along to 2. Bleed. Because there is always a tolerable allowance for movement in any printing press, your art file should extend at least 3mm over where you would expect the art to otherwise end. This overhang of art is called the bleed. Why do we need bleed? Just in case the paper moves 2 or 3 mm in any direction inside the printing press or on the guillotine, there will still be enough art area to create a 100% ink coverage finished print.
What is CMYK and RGB?
CMYK, or Cyan, Magenta, Yello and Black are the 4 process colours used and mixed in combination to achieve every other standard colour in the standard printing press. The print file you upload to our system should consist of only CMYK.
RGB (Red, Green, Blue) is the colour system for light-based screen media. i.e. TV, Computer monitors and mobile phones; and while we can automatically convert an RGB colour into a CMYK colour, the colour itself may shit or altogether change.
Why do books need to be in page count multiples on 4 pages?
Due to way books are produced, all books should have a page count of 4-page multiples. What does that mean? That means 4, 8, 12, 16 and so on.
So why is that? Let's say I want to create a saddle-stitched magazine. Every page of the left-hand side is connected through the spine and understanding the staples to a page on the right-hand side. That means if I were to take a single piece of paper and fold it perfectly in half, I would then have a 4-page section for a book.
If you need more information on getting a book print file ready, please see all other recourses on this print support page.
What Print Format Should I upload? PDF
PDF stands for Portable Document Format and is the most complete printing format available for clients and printers today. Imagine a PDF file as a working-class man with a brief-case. The man brings with him everything he needs to get a job done. PDF files do the same thing, they bring with them their font, colour code, crop marks and etc.
Although PDF files can be exported by many programs, not all are design programs. That means while all good print files are PDF, not all PDF files are good to print. The difference will be the program that designed the PDF and how the PDF file was exported by the program. A general recommendation is to use Adobe Illustrator and Indesign for all your documents that might need printing. While we can take your word document and type-set that into a professional book file,
Online Business Card Printing Support
1. Please upload your business card art file as the dimensions quoted and 2. in either a single or double page PDF file. 3. Please ensure your file has offset crop marks and 3mm bleed. 4. Your business card art file should be set up as CMYK and not contain any RGB or spot colours. If your business card art files come through with RGB or spot colours, we can automatically convert those colours to CMYK for you, but you accept the risk that the colours may not convert as desired. 5. All images contained in any file uploaded should be 300DPI. Any less than 300DPI is low res. If an image in a file is less than 300DPI, we can still print that file at your request, but you understand and accept that the image will print with a low resolution.
Online Book And Magazine Print Support
1. Please ensure your book printing file is set up to the same size you're quoting. 2. Saddle Stitched Book are to be submitted as a single page string PDFm, not as Double Page Spreads. 3. Perfect Bound Books, Burst Bound Books and PUR Bound Books are to be supplied as two separate files. The internal pages need to be supplied as a single string PDF and the cover file will need to be supplied as a 2 page, Double Page Spread PDF. The first page of that PDF will the outside cover, including the spine; and the second page of that PDF will be the inside cover, again, including the spine. 4. For Perfect Bound Books, Burst Bound Books and PUR Bound Books, your spine width will be provided to you through the system when you quote your booklet. You will also be able to download linked instructions on how to build your cover and spine through the online quote system. 5. Please ensure your file has offset crop marks and bleed 6. Your book file should be set up as CMYK and not containing any RGB or spot colours. If your book printing file does come through with RGB or spot colours, we can automatically convert those colours to CMYK for you, but you accept the risk that the colours may not convert as desired. 7. All images contained in any file uploaded should be 300DPI. Any less than 300DPI is low res. If an image in a file is less than 300DPI, we can still print that file at your request, but you understand and accept that the image will print with a low resolution.