Artwork guidelines

We print desktop calendars digitally up to a quantity of 1,000. For quantities above 1,000, we print these litho. All desktop calendars are printed in 4 colour process (CMYK).

To ensure your file is "print ready" and avoid any extra charges, please ensure your artwork meets the following requirements before sending or uploading your files.

Digital Printing

FILE FORMAT - We can only accept artwork for your desktop calendars as "print ready" if it is in PDF format. The majority of graphic programs will allow you to save your artwork in standard PDF format.

RESOLUTION - Files, including any images, must be supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi to print clearly, DO NOT DOWNSAMPLE IMAGES otherwise images may appear fuzzy, distorted or pixelated. Most images found on the web are 72 dpi and are generally not suitable for professional printing.

COLOURS - Files must have been converted to CMYK for colours to print accurately.

Production printing presses use different technologies than home/office printers and computer monitors. These should not be used to proof colours as they will not accurately represent what will be printed.

A screen displays at 72dpi in RGB, most VDU screens are not calibrated and the representation will vary according to the manufacturer of the screen and it′s settings.

Print colours may also vary according to the material used in printing - ie: there will be a difference between the colours on gloss material, silk material and uncoated materials.

Litho Printing

FILE FORMAT - As with digital printing, high resolution PDF files are the best method to print from.

RESOLUTION - Files, including any images, must be supplied at a minimum of 300 dpi to print clearly, DO NOT DOWNSAMPLE IMAGES otherwise images may appear fuzzy, distorted or pixelated. Most images found on the web are 72 dpi and are generally not suitable for professional printing.

COLOURS - Files must have been converted to CMYK for colours to print accurately.

Production printing presses use different technologies than home/office printers and computer monitors. These should not be used to proof colours as they will not accurately represent what will be printed.

A screen displays at 72dpi in RGB, most VDU screens are not calibrated and the representation will vary according to the manufacturer of the screen and it′s settings.

Print colours may also vary according to the material used in printing - ie: there will be a difference between the colours on gloss material, silk material and uncoated materials.

FOR BOTH TYPES OF PRINTING, THE FOLLOWING APPLIES:

BLEED - Bleed is used to extend an image, colour or line right to the edge of the finished printed piece. For example, if you want your desktop calendar inserts background to be entirely blue, you must bleed the blue colour past the edge of the final size of calendar inserts. This prevents a white line down one or more edges of your print, caused by very slight variations in printing and guillotining.

Please include 3mm bleed on each side of your artwork. Please also include crop marks wherever possible.

SIZES OF INSERTS -

CD - The overall insert size for the CD desktop calendars is 124mm wide x 143mm deep this includes the 3mm bleed to all sides. Finished insert size for the CD calendars is 118mm wide x 137mm deep.

MINI - The overall insert size for the mini case calendars is 96mm wide x 100mm deep this includes the 3mm bleed to all sides. Finished insert size for the mini calendars is 90mm wide x 94mm deep

LANDSCAPE - The overall insert size for the landscape calendars is 190mm wide x 113mm deep this includes the 3mm bleed to all sides. Finished insert size for the landscape calendars is 184mm wide x 107mm deep.

If you have any queries regarding the above artwork specifications for your desktop calendars, please contact us via the link at the top of the page.