Hints and Tips
Perfect Print are here to make your experience better, so we've created a collection of helpful Hints and Tips to assist your print journey.
General Hints & Tips
Accepted File Formats
Perfect Print only accepts PDF files. Unless you request a file check, your artwork will be printed exactly as you've supplied it. If you'd like us to do a technical check on your artwork we can arrange this for just £12. (excluding VAT)
Creating a print-ready PDF
- Use a recognised PDF-maker, such as Adobe Indesign, Illustrator, Distiller etc
- Be sure to save as high quality or print quality PDF. If you're using an Adobe suite, choose the PDF/X-la:2001 option from the drop-down menu.
- Before submitting artwork, view it with Output Preview open to get the most accurate representation of how the file will look once printed. It will also flag up errors that aren't visible without it.
- Troubleshoot common issues at smallpdf.com.
Common paper sizes for convenient reference:
A0 - 841 x 1189mm
A1 - 594 x 841 mm
A2 - 420 x 594 mm
A3 - 297 x 420 mm
A4 - 210 x 297 mm
A5 - 148 x 210 mm
A6 - 105 x 148 mm
DL - 99 x 210mm
Business Cards - 85 x 55m
If you are printing artwork with a landscape fold it's essential that the front and back pages are supplied as a single page with the front orientation the correct way up. The two inside pages should also be supplied as a single page and rotated 180 degrees so the inside text is at the top and reading upside down. Failure to do this will result in the back of the job printing upside down.
If unsure, we advise printing a copy before uploading your artwork to ensure the pages are printed the correct way up.
The key too good quality images are making sure they're high-resolution before you convert to a PDF so always aim for 300dpi. If you're scanning, editing or using images from the internet, their quality will suffer - always try to use high-quality ones. Images from the internet are usually 72-96dpi, which is too low-res to print clearly.
Be sure to save your images as CMYK format, instead of RGB. Your files will always be printed in CMYK, so if they're not saved correctly, your printed colours will look different to your design.
Anything smaller than 5pt text is often too difficult to read, so we recommend keeping above this when possible. Any text between 5-7pt should be in 100% black to ensure maximum visibility. Before you submit your artwork, make sure that all of the fonts used in your design file are included with your job, or converted to curves/paths/outlines.
Every product we print is to an approved to ISO standard. That said, because of the ink tolerances involved in the printing process, slight variations are inevitable finished results may not be an exact match to the colours you saw on screen.
Each computer monitor is different, so the colours you see will vary from screen to screen. It's essential to remember that screen colour, which is made up of red, green and blue light cannot be accurately replicated with ink on paper. Colour and content as it appears on-screen will vary also depending on which simulation profile you are using to view it, so please ensure you are not using a profile based on a web-based press. Be sure to change all spot colours to process colours before you submit.
On large coverage areas of cyan, magenta, yellow or blue colour banding may occur, so we always advise using a mixture of colours.
Ordering from a mobile device
Select the product you'd like to order and configure it to suit your specifications. When you're ready, add the product to your basket and head to the checkout. Next, give your order a reference name and fill in your shipping and billing details. You also have the ability to apply discount vouchers or upgrade your delivery. Finally, enter your card details and submit.
To upload your artwork to your order, head to the orders page on your dashboard. Locate your order and select the upload button. Select the relevant pdf and hit submit. You'll then be prompted to confirm artwork is correct before submitting.
Our Notification Center keeps you up to date on everything from order updates to artwork issues. You can access this at any time using the bell icon at the top of the navigation. You can tailor the notifications at any time by selecting the cog within the center and adjusting the preferences to your liking. You also have the ability to pause all notifications if you wish.
By opting into the 'send announcement' setting, you'll receive a notification as soon as a special offer goes live on the site.
Digital printing uses a completely different ink to litho printing meaning that if you submit the same document to a digital and litho press, there will inevitably be some colour variation. Bear this in mind if your project comprises of both kinds of printing.
Cut To Shape
Always provide your inner cut path as a spot colour named CUT and ensure it's a vector stroke element. If cutting the outside ensure this path is named CUTTER.
How to create your own Selfie Frame
Our Selfie Frames can be personalised to fit any circumstance. Browse through a selection of templates and pick one as a starting point. From here you can personalise the frame with a person or company’s name, celebration or hashtag.
How to assemble a Pop Up Display
Draw out the concertina structure, making sure the coloured nodes are at the top of the frame. Ensure the magnetic locking arms click into place to keep the stand secure. You will need to add the magnetic bars which will give the frame strength and allow the graphics to be added. These need to be attached to every quadrant of the frame that requires graphics including the back of the base.
The most important part of constructing a pop-up display is joining the graphics precisely. Starting from the left graphic of the display, carefully uncover the graphic to its full length. Attach the graphic, hanging it by securing it over the node. Smooth the graphic onto the magnetic bar, ensuring it sits to one side of the centre line of the magnetic strip. Repeat this process for each panel, making sure they are all fixed up correctly.
We provide a variety of folded leaflets, including:
• Z Fold
• Concertina Fold
• Roll Fold
• Gate Fold
• Closed Gate Fold
• Half Fold
• Cross Fold
• Map Fold
It is always advisable to print a copy of the leaflet yourself to make sure it is visually functional once folded. If you need advice, you can always speak to our customer service team before supplying artwork. For double-sided leaflets, ensure your artwork is backed up correctly before placing your order.
If your cutting requires a specific shape, ensure you supply a PDF of the cutting path. This means a single outline of the exact shape and cuts you require. Call the spot colours CUTTER or CREASE, giving each cut function a separate colour.
If you're printing multiple business cards, we require the front and back artwork for each. For example, if ordering four different card types - even if they all have a generic front - we'd need eight pieces of artwork (four for the front and four for the back). It's also important that your PDFs are supplied in the right order. You can provide all names in a single PDF. If any files are missing, or the order isn't as specified above, it's likely that your artwork will be rejected.
Page totals are always divisible by four. We always recommend leaving a gap of at least 5mm around all edges, including the middle. It can be hard to see the centre of a booklet, so it's a good idea not to run text or images across two pages. It's important that your cover and pages/text PDF's run in the correct page order.
Our wiro binding requires a 10mm margin on the inner edge of pages, so it's essential not to put any images or text in this area. This is to allow the 5mm holes to punched for binding.
Our interlocking folders are oversized with a 3mm gutter, providing plenty of room for your documents. You'll need to submit two files to us - the folder template with your artwork (1) and the artwork without the template (2). 3mm bleed is required on presentation folders.
When using Scodix, avoid coverage outside of the trim area or applying it over the fold areas of products like presentation folders.
When providing artwork, supply an extra page in your PDF set as a Spot Colour named ‘Scodix’.
- In Adobe Illustrator, select the areas you want to apply Scodix to and duplicate them onto a new layer for the Scodix separation.
- Create a new Spot Colour swatch and name it 'Scodix'.
- Select colour type 'Spot Colour', and convert all Scodix elements to this spot colour.
- Export this Scodix layer as a single PDF with all trim marks.
Open your document and create a new swatch colour. Change the colour type to "Spot" and label the swatch name "Cut". Pick a colour that enables you to easily recognise cutting elements within your document, such as Magenta. Duplicate the pages you'd like to add laser cutting to and insert blank pages where laser cutting is not required. Choose the areas you'd like to cut and apply the "cut" swatch to the stroke of these. Set the stroke weight to 0.25 point and ensure that the fill is set to none. Remove any objects where laser cutting is not required.
We recommend allowing 2mm between individual cut paths. If you're using type within a design, opt for stencil fonts to avoid enclosed spaces breaking away from the sheet. Once you're happy, export your pdf. This pdf should contain both print and laser cut elements in a single file.
Lamination is a thin film that is fitted to your product after printing. Adding lamination to a print creates a premium finish along with the benefits of providing strength and resilience. For products that may be handled frequently in environments like restaurants and bars, lamination adds extra protection against spills, fingerprints and stains with the ability to easily wipe clean.
Here is a concise rundown of the lamination styles available at Perfect Print.
Matt Lamination - Gives your artwork a flat look, providing a soft appearance for easy reading with large amounts of text.
Gloss Lamination - Gives your artwork a glass-like reflective appearance, enhancing the colour and vibrancy of the underlying ink.
Soft Touch Lamination - Gives your artwork a velvety texture, providing a luxury feel to the product that people will want to touch.
NCR stands for "No Carbon Required" and refers to a paper that has been treated to create instant copies. NCR can be seen in everyday situations including order forms and receipt pads.
Perfect Print's NCR Paper can be printed in one or two colours and is typically supplied in pads of 50 or 100 which are glued at the head allowing all copies to be removed. Alternately, you may prefer them tipped at the head in sets and numbered so you can identify each set. Available in various pastel colours including white, yellow, pink, green, blue and collated in the order selected on the product page.
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