Here at Fabrisign UK we have worked hard to make it as easy as possible for our customers to create and supply artwork for the highest quality print.
One of the biggest influences on print quality is how the artwork is created and supplied to us. To ensure the least amount of problems possible our team will always produce a print-ready proof for your approval before proceeding.
We have put together a short guide to help achieve the highest quality print possible.
Setting up files
The first step is to supply your files in a way that will ensure the highest quality possible.
Artwork should be created using a suitable desktop publishing program such as Adobe lnDesign & Illustrator which include specific programming for exporting high quality print-ready files.
Other programs can be used if necessary, however files can only be accepted in the approved file types (below).
For the highest quality print we recommend supplying artwork in the following file formats.
InDesign (indd}, Illustrator (Al}, EPS & Acrobat PDF
Commercial printers differ from many consumer based printers due to the inks and colour profiles they use.
Red, Green & Blue (RGB) colours are used primarily for electronic displays such as computer monitors, however, print presses use a mixture of cyan, magenta, yellow & black (CMYK). It is important to setup you designs in the CMYK colour profile to avoid unexpected colour shift. This is due to the way the colour profiles are automatically converted from RGB to CMYK.
Artwork files supplied in RGB colour profiles will be automatically converted to the CMYK colour profile.
This is the cut line of your display artwork. Anything outside of this line will not be visible.
Keep all of your important text within this safe zone.
One of the most common items that is overlooked is image quality. High quality and high-resolution images are essential for the best results in large format printing. The higher the resolution your image is the better the quality of print will be.
Most photographs and images sourced from the internet are set at approximately 72DPI (dots per inch). We highly recommend the use of Stock Images from Image Banks such as Shutterstock or iStockPhoto.
To achieve the best results we recommend a resolution of 300DPI (dots per inch) for images.
Creating a deep rich black on your display can be a little complicated. One would expect changing the colour to 100% black would create a deep and rich black colour. However, in practise this is not the case.
To create a rich black, we recommend using a mixture of all four colours in the CMYK colour pallette. To do this, we recommend using the following values to create a rich black.
30% Cyan, 30% Magenta, 30% Yellow, 100% Black.
Be aware, do not use rich black for text (unless its large and bold). For small black text 100% Black would be suitable.
Pantone colours are often used in corporate branding or for special print requirements that require a fifth colour to achieve colour accuracy across a range of products, these are known as Pantones.
It is important to remove all Pantone colours from artwork being supplied as these colours will be automatically converted to CMYK and a colour-shift may occur during the conversion.
Setting up your artwork to the correct size is essential. If your artwork is not setup correctly it may be stretched or reduced in size to fit correctly on the display.
To make it as easy as possible we have done all of the hard work for you. Simply download the relevant artwork template for your order which has already been set to the correct size with information on Bleed size, Finishing size and a safe margin.
Most desktop publishing programs will have an option to add bleed to your artwork. Programs such as Adobe Illustrator and lnDesign have this built in, however, other programs such as Photoshop may require a manual addition of bleed by expanding the artboard or canvas size to include the additional area. The minimum bleed requirement for Fabrisign UK is 5mm however this can differ depending on which display type you order. To ensure the correct amount of bleed is supplied, please refer to the relevant artwork template for your order.
Failing to add bleed can result in the white of the paper appearing at the edge of your design.
To use bleed correctly only background colours and background images that are at the edge of your design should appear in this area.
Over inking is when a combination of CMYK values is too high for the area. This may lead to small text being less defined and a reduction in detail in other areas of artwork.
We recommend never using a combination of more than 240% ink coverage.
Overprinting & knockout
Overprinting and knockout can be used as a design aspect. To ensure no issues arise from the production & proofing process we recommend flattening all overprinting and knockout layers.
We recommend all fonts and text to be outlined rather than seperate to the design file. Some fonts may change during the pre-press stages if not outlined or embedded into the document
Saving your file.
The best file type to supply your artwork design in is generally PDF as this method has the ability to preserve image quality, embedd fonts and include colour formats. We also accept artwork design supplied in EPS file format.
If you are supplying other file types, please remember to include all fonts, images, and linked design files.
Sending your file
Fabrisign UK have worked hard to ensure sending your files to us is as easy as possible.
You will be prompted for artwork after our checkout process and there are several ways you can send over your files.
Artwork upload facility.
Our team have worked hard to create an artwork upload facility for artwork files under 20mb in size.
Our artwork upload facility can be found at the top of every page of our website, additional prompts also appear on the order confirmation page and order confirmation email.
To use our artwork upload facility navigate to the Upload Artwork page on our website and follow the following steps.
1. Enter your order number.
This can be found on the order confirmation page or within your order confirmation email. Please enter the last four (4) digits. E.g. 0023
2. Select your artwork files.
Click browse and select the artwork files on your computer. Please note; our upload facility will only allow, Al, PDF, INDD and ZIP file formats to be used.
3. Upload your artwork.
To submit and upload all of your artwork files, please click "Upload".
The time taken to upload files depends on your internet connection and file size.
This step may take a few moments to complete.
Send files via email.
Fabrisign UK are happy to receive your artwork design files direct via email too. For larger file sizes, we recommend the use of third party file transfer methods such as Hightail or WeTransfer. Please remember to include your order reference number for our team to process your order quickly.
We also accept artwork files to be supplied via physical media such as a USB storage device and CD-ROM. Please send all items to the following address;
Unit 27 Forge Lane,
Minworth Industrial Estate,
Please ensure your Name and Order Number are displayed on the outside packaging.
Please note; while we make every effort to return supplied USB devices and CD-ROMS, this sometimes may not be possible.
What Happens Next?
Your order will be booked in to our production schedule and our artwork team will process your artwork. At this stage, we will supply you with a print proof before printing.
A print proof will be sent through to your email address for a final check. All proofs are provided for a final check to ensure that nothing has changed in your artwork during the ripping process. ( a software process that converts your artwork to a format that is ready for printing )
Proofs will be sent as low-resolution files as hi-resoltion files tend to be very large file sizes.
Once your proof is approved your order will begin the production process.
At Fabrisign UK we understand that creating artwork files can be quite complicated and not everybody is a seasoned designer. If any of the information contained in this document is confusing or you would like more information, please don't hesitate to get in touch with our team.
Alternatively, we do offer design services with our in-house artwork designers who have years of experience in getting the most from all styles of displays. For more information on this service, please see our Design Services page found here; https://fabrisignuk.com/design-services or call us on 0808 129 2272.