Technical Information

  • Digital File Check List
  • File Formats
  • Creating pdf's

Here at Delmar Press our preferred file type is always a print ready pdf, following the following notes you will be able to produce your own, and please remember if you need any assistance our team are here to help.

Our pre-press studio is equipped with the latest software and hardware available. No matter which platform your artwork is created on we can handle both Mac and PC-based software applications. These include all graphic design industry standards such as Quark, Illustrator, Freehand, Photoshop and InDesign.

Some artwork is created using not-so-standard packages, for these there are PDFs. Printable PDFs are in fashion but beware, in the wrong hands they can cause problems. The following guide for presenting PDFs tells you all you need to know. 

  • Supply the most up-to-date hard copy along with the job if supplying native files (Quark) supply all the components needed to run the job - screen and printer fonts and all high-resolution images.
  • Don't supply pages made up in Microsoft Word, Excel or PowerPoint, these applications are not suitable for commercial printing purposes.
  • Microsoft Publisher only supports RGB, so when it is put through our workflow and converted to CMYK it will have a dulling down effect on all colours and pictures.
  • Run the proofs / hard copy with the file name present. To easily identify the file from which the proof was run.
  • Scan images at 300dpi and do not enlarge by more than 125 per cent within the application file.
  • Embed fonts as paths or curves when creating EPS files - if the application supports this.
  • Check that colours are split correctly, especially on spot colour work. For example - Pantone 304 CV and Pantone 304 would image on separate plates and not as the same colour. In addition please ensure that any custom colours are named consistently throughout your product (however, it is possible to remap colours at Delmar Press but at a small cost).
  • If at all possible, build in time for proofing. Delmar Press prefer pages from print-ready PDF taking the risks out of digital production.
  • Clearly discuss and agree schedules regarding file supply, proofing and approval.
  • Ensure that a print order is supplied clearly identifying pagination, binding method, quantities, and any special requirements.
  • Inform us if your product is required for a conference, dated mailing or legal deadlines.
  • Talk to us at the earliest opportunity if you are uncertain about any aspect of the production of your job..

Delmar Press have always endeavoured to offer a first class service to all its customers. This is manifested in the quality of the products that we produce, and in the level of service and support that we offer. In order to maintain this high standard, we are always looking at ways of improving and streamlining the services and products we offer.

Whilst our preferred method of file supply has for some time been PDF (preferably to PDF-X/1a standard), we have always accepted native application files. However, we have found it increasingly difficult and time consuming to both ourselves and our clients to keep pace with the myriad desktop publication applications and variety of ways in which files are generated. We believe that attempting to offer full support on the complete range of DTP and file creation packages is having a detrimental impact on the quality and level of service that we are able to offer. Consequently, we will only offer full support on the following major DTP applications:

  • QuarkXPress 8 and above (collected for output with complete fonts and images)

  • InDesign CS4 (packaged with complete fonts and images)

  • Illustrator CS4 (All fonts to be changed to paths)

  • Photoshop CS4

We will no longer offer full support for files supplied in formats other than those stated above. However, we will offer very limited support on the following applications in order to generate PDF files (also please note that files not supplied in the preferred format as outlined above may incur additional costs in terms of further file preparation and extended time schedule to allow the work to be completed).

  • Microsoft Publisher

  • CorelDraw

  • FreeHand

This information sheet details the requirements you need to be aware of before you create your print ready pdf.

All pages need to be as separate pages (no spreads) with bleed to all edges and the pages need to be supplied in the correct order.

Image resolution needs to be 300dpi (600dpi for Illustrator files) Include 3mm bleed to all edges of each page.e.g. A4 page would measure 216mm x 303mm.

If using A PC package you must make sure your source file has all the correct bleed on when you first start to make the job up and remember not to put text/objects to close to the bleed area as this gets cut off when your job is cut to the finished size.

All fonts must be embedded when creating the pdf Only CMYK or greyscale tif/eps should be included. (RGB images do not print)

  • Colours: B&W = Greyscale
  • Full colour process = CMYK
  • Spot colour = PANTONE

Folder Artwork: Cutting Formes must be set using a Spot PANTONE colour reference.

Please note that all cut and fold guides need to be set to Œoverprint¹ before saving.

Metallic Colours: Overprint black must not be selected when metallic colours are being used.

Tick Marks are not required on the final pdf.

If your package does not allow you to produce pdf¹s you must print to .ps (Postscript) and then run this through Acrobat Distiller to make the print ready pdf.

Please contact Delmar Press and we can assist you with your Acrobat Distiller Settings on 01270 624122

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