Because RGB uses light,
the more colours overlap the whiter they get and appear a lot
lighter on screen appearance.

Because CMYK uses inks,
the more colours overlap the blacker they become.

Because Spot Colours are premixed,
they can produce more vibrant results.

The RGB colour spectrum is much larger than CMYK, and if you supply artwork as RGB, what you get when it’s printed may differ markedly from what you supplied.

Most colours will be much the same, but bright colours will appear duller, particularly greens, blues and pinks.

Before you save your file, make sure you have converted it to CMYK so you will have a truer idea of what it will look like when printed.


Here’s our colour conversion quick tip

It’s important that you set your colour mode to CMYK before you
start designing your artwork.

If you create your artwork and then convert your RGB or Spot Colours
at a later stage, then your colours may be negatively affected.

Our system will automatically convert RGB and Spot Colours
to the closet possible CMYK colour.

Bleed/safe zone guide.


What is bleed and why is it required?

When graphics continue to the edge of a sheet of paper bleed is required. This is because a commercial printing press cannot print to the edge of a sheet of paper. Instead multiple

products are printed on much larger sheets of paper and then cut down to size. Because it is impossible to cut exactly to the edge of your design a little over print on each side is

required. This overprint is called “bleed”.

Any document that is being professionally printed will require a bleed area and a safe zone providing the print runs to the edge of the document.

How much bleed do I need?

The industry standard is to have 3mm of bleed on each edge and a 3mm safe zone inside.

This means that the length of each side will be 6mm longer. For example an A4 sheet when lined up correctly with bleed will be 216mm x 303mm. It will then be cut down to its finished size of 210mm x 297mm.

What Is the safe zone?

The safe zone is the 3mm inside of the cutting edge in which no text or important information should be placed.

Any graphics in this area risk being clipped when cutting to finished size.

Getting the most out of your print

We appreciate beautiful print so we’ve tried to make it as easy as possible for you to makeyour artwork print ready.

We can print from a range of file types but we recommend you use the following in order to ensure the best possible print.

Small Format Set-Up requirements

 Format: PDF

 Colour: CMYK

 Bleed: 3mm

 Safe Zone: 3mm

 Resolution: 300dpi

 Fonts Outlined or Embedded

Wide Format Set-Up Requirements

 Format: PDF

 Colour: CMYK

 Bleed: 3mm

 Safe Zone: 3mm

 Resolution: 150dpi

 Fonts Outlined or Embedded