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Artwork Guidelines

On almost all of our products we require artwork to be set as CMYK with 3mm bleed. If your artwork contains RGB or Spot Colours and you cannot change this to be CMYK we will convert them to CMYK. This may result in a colour variance for which we cannot be held responsible.

All artwork must be supplied in PDF format. If your artwork has more than one page we require a multi-page PDF.

Ideally, all fonts in print ready artwork should be converted to outlines to avoid any potential font embedding issues. We also recommend ­flattening artwork if you can to avoid any transparency problems in ‑final print.

Please note: If we are printing a job CMYK – we do not offer to match to an exisiting spot colour sample.

Colour on screen vs Colour in print

The colours of your artwork will always look brighter and richer on screen as it’s a backlit screen and the colours are made up of three colours Red, Green and Blue (RGB), in print the colour will always be slightly darker than how it appears on a computer because the colour is reproduced from four colours, the standard printing process colours Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black (CMYK) then printed onto paper or board (which can affect colour) then left to soak into the stock and dry.

Crop/Trim Marks & Bleed

We require all artwork with crop/trim marks added to each corner.

We also require all artwork set with 3mm bleed to each edge – this ‘bleed’ edge will be trimmed off in production but it is necessary as any colour or images need to ‘bleed’ over the fi‑nished size so that you get a nice clean edge (no paper showing on the edge). See artwork guides for further instructions.

Safe Area

We recommend keeping all text, logos etc inside the ‘safe area’ to avoid any possible cutting issues. There’s inevitable movement with print in the cutting process and if you have text close too the ‑finished size line it may be cropped. We advise you to set the safe area 5mm in from the ‑finished size line.

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Spot UV Varnish

When creating artwork for Spot UV varnish we require a 4 page PDF. Page 1 & 2 is the artwork which need to be printed, front and back and page 3 & 4 are the Spot UV Varnish plates. Please set the artwork for Spot UV Varnish in 100% Black (k) and make sure it aligns perfectly to the printed artwork. See Spot UV artwork guides for more information.

Hot Foil Business Cards

When creating artwork for Hot Foil varnish we require a 4 page PDF. Page 1 & 2 is the artwork which need to be printed, front and back and page 3 & 4 are the Hot Foil plates. Please set the artwork for Hot Foil in 100% Black (k) and make sure it aligns perfectly to the printed artwork. Please make us aware what colour foil you’d like. See Hot Foil artwork guides for more information.

Embossed Business Cards

When creating artwork for Hot Foil varnish we require a 4 page PDF. Page 1 & 2 is the artwork which need to be printed, front and back and page 3 & 4 are the ‘Emboss’ plates. Please set the artwork for Emboss in 100% Black (k) and make sure it aligns perfectly to the printed artwork. Please take into consideration that the indent left on the reverse of the card following the emboss. Any artwork that overlaps this will be very dif‑cult to read.

Booklets

Please provide artwork for booklets in single pages set in reading order example: page 1, page 2 and so on.

Presentation Folders

Please provide artwork both with and without the guides over the top.
Please extend any colour as far past the ‑Finish line as you possibly can.

SPOT UV VARNISH TIP:

Looks best when you ‘blind’ varnish the card. This is when you have a clear varnish on the artwork – not varnishing oveer text or logo.
Varnishing a pattern on your card also looks very good.

HOT FOIL TIP:

Try to avoid using really small text – we recommend not foiling any text under 10pt. For optimum result avoid foiling strokes, line or no thinner than 1pt.

Have you checked that your file...

is CMYK?
Doesn’t contain any RGB
Doesn’t contain any Spot Colour
Has crops & bleed
Has all text / logos within the ‘safe area’

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TIC have been a printer of ours for some time now and I must say have been a breath of fresh air. Great advice, good prices and excellent service. When we have ever had a issue they couldn’t do enough to put it right…fast.
Most recently TIC have produced our new business cards, again their advice was fantastic and we are really pleased with the end result.
Thank you Terry

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James Doubtfire

Helping businesses grow

I needed some high-quality roller banners for my podcast. I quizzed Terry about the best options and he quickly convinced me that the better quality banners would be a better investment. They will be used at shows and podcast recording on a regular basis. The banners are excellent in terms of colours and quality. They have given podcasts a high quality feel and enabled us to record in any location and make it our own.

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Michael Andrews

Founder at Agencybnb

Terry is always very helpful and super-efficient in getting jobs turned around quickly and easily. He offers great value and is a pleasure to work with. Terry has helped me to produce business cards, roller banners and brochures in tight timescales and budgets and I look forward to continue sending more work his way in future. He is always ready to respond to a specific brief or to suggest new ideas and things you may never have considered if you’re open to inspiration.

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Brand & Marketing Strategist

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