Get Your File Ready

Print ready artwork made easy

This guide will help you get the best results when you print online with Print & Copy. For the best results follow each step below.

Step 1: Spell check and proof read

Run a spell check over your document file before uploading it. Get a friend or colleague to look over the grammar, as spell checks don't pick up on grammatical errors. It's best to get your file as perfect and print ready as possible before you upload it.

Step 2: Document is set to correct size & resolution

Ensure your document is within the file size specifications. You can check this by looking at the Get Your File Ready tab on your chosen individual product page.

Add bleed or crop marks where required

Most of our products do not require bleed or crop marks, except for business cards and fliers. If in doubt, please check the Get Your File Ready tab on your chosen product.

Step 3: File is set to CMYK

colour selector

CMYK is for printing colour on paper and other print ready materials. RGB is the colour mode used to show colour on computer monitors. CMYK produces colour by using light, rather than volumes of ink, which makes it a superior colour mode for printing in colour.

Another advantage of CMYK is that it has a wider variety of colour tones than RGB and produces more accurate printing results.

If you are converting your document from RGB to CMYK to be free of ink blots and ink smears, when choosing black in your desktop publishing programs, find the CMYK colour editor and choose 100% black and 0% cyan, 0% magenta and 0% yellow. This stops too much ink being placed in the one spot for black.

To read more about CMYK and RGB, please look at our Facts About Printing

Step 4: Convert file to PDF before uploading

For the best printing results it is recommended that you convert your files to PDF (Portable File Document) . This also saves time uploading your file into the system as your file will not require additional conversion processing time. PDF is also the best file format for supporting data compression, sharing across multiple devices and platforms such as PCs and Macs. This makes it quicker to upload and also helps avoid common issues like fonts being incorrect and conversion errors. If you are unable to convert your document to PDF before uploading then we can convert most of the common file types during the upload and preview process. There are a number of free programs available online for converting files to PDF such as CutePDF. To avoid issues with printing your artwork correctly, please have all layers flattened and all text outlined.

Below is a list of supported file types:

  • Portable File Document *.PDF# (recommended)
  • Microsoft Word *.DOC and *.DOCX
  • Microsoft Excel *.XLS and *.XLSX
  • Microsoft PowerPoint *.PPT and *.PPTX
  • JPEG Images *.JPEG and *.JPG
  • PNG Images *.PNG
  • Bitmap Images *.BMP
  • GIF Images *.GIF
  • TIFF Images * TIFF

#only file type supported for flyers

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