Artwork Guidelines

Please note print pricing is applicable only to “Press Ready” files, prepared as outlined below, or as may be alternately specified for certain product lines. Any job submitted which requires artwork, or does not meet the required specifications may be subject for re-quotation. Please click here for additional Terms and Conditions.

If providing your own artwork, please ensure it meets the following specifications:

Multiple Page PDFs

Each Press Ready file should be supplied in PDF format. The following examples are supplied for clarification.

  • A single sided flyer would be presented as a single page PDF
  • A double sided brochure or business card would be presented as a 2 page PDF ( page 1 being the front and page 2 being the back)
  • A 16 page self cover booklet or catalogue would be presented as a 16 page PDF (Page 1 being the outside of the front cover, Page 16 being the outside of the back cover).
  • A booklet with the cover in a different stock to the pages would be presented in 2 files. A four page PDF for the cover (Page 1 is the outside of the front cover, page 2 the inside of the front cover etc.), and a multi page pdf for the internal pages.

Same Day Printing will also accept artwork from the following applications, however additional fees will be applicable for conversion, and all fonts and assets must be provided with your file.

  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Photoshop
  • Adobe PageMaker
  • Macromedia Freehand

We recommend all artwork to be supplied as PDF.

Non Press Ready Files and or Artwork

Please note that artwork supplied as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Publisher files or similar desktop publication programs are not considered press ready files suitable for commercial printing.

If artwork and or files are supplied in any one of these formats, only subject to your approval we can convert and or create suitable press ready files, however please note that additional fees will be applicable for conversion and or to create press ready files. A proposal will be provided verbally or in writting and a pdf proof will be sent for your approval prior to printing.

All fonts, logo’s and any other design elements or assets must be provided with your file.


Please ensure bleed is allowed where required. 3mm for standard flat sheet print items and 5mm for large format. Some items, including books & promo items and others, may have custom requirements – please ask for clarification where needed.


Please do not use borders that are designed to create an even margin around the document. A trimming tolerance of +/- 2mm must be allowed for. e.g. If you design a border 3mm from the edge all around a document the end result may be 1mm on one side and 4mm on the opposite side creating an unbalanced look.


Unless we have quoted specifically for PMS colours, ensure colours are CMYK. PMS and RGB colours are automatically converted and will generally produce undesirable results. Only use PMS colours if they are intended to be printed as such. This service is available at additional cost.

Colour Matching

This is not offered as part of our standard service. The majority of orders are ganged together to achieve “economies of scale” and printed using industry standard density settings which may still produce a variation in colour, between print runs, due to atmospheric conditions and varying stock properties.

Note: Colour critical requirements should be discussed with us prior to placing generic orders as there are alternative solutions.

Document Size

Your document size must be the page size plus bleed. Same Day Printing standard page sizes:

  • BC 90mm x 55mm
  • DL 99mm x 210mm
  • A6 105mm x 148mm
  • A5 148.5mm x 210mm
  • A4 210mm x 297mm
  • A3 297mm x 420mm
  • A2 420mm x 594mm
  • A1 594mm x 840mm
  • A0 840mm x 1189mm

If your artwork varies from Same Day Printing’s standard print size for an item, sizing must be specified in the file name (width x height).  I.e. Business Cards for a company named Macs that are 90mm x 45mm may have a filename Macs_BC_90x45.pdf.

Non-standard sized items will incur an additional $20 fee for set up and non-standard trimming.

Centred artwork

Ensure your artwork is provided 1-up and centred on each page of the PDF. If your artwork is off-centre, it will imposition and trim incorrectly. Be sure not to include file information and colour bars at the bottom of the page, as this will usually put your file off centre.


Images should be CMYK at 300dpi for the intended final size of the image.

Ink Cover

Please be aware of the “Total Ink Cover” you intend using in your design. The heavier the cover the longer it will take to produce your job as this will affect trimming, folding and packing by potential scuffing. We recommend no more than 300% coverage out of a possible 400%. (i.e. CMYK @ 100% each). You may wish to consider a sealing coat if you have concerns. We do recommend this for matt stocks or prints with large areas of solid colours.


To ensure a pleasing result we recommend not placing critical objects closer than 5mm from any trim line. Non critical images and colour may be placed to bleed beyond the trim line. Standard envelopes require a 10mm internal margin (white border).

Rich Black

To ensure a nice rich black use the following values Black 100%, Cyan 50%, Magenta 10%, Yellow 10%.


If possible, convert text to outlines, curves or paths, otherwise ensure they are embedded. Do not use rich black for text. Use 100% black only.


A 2mm variance is allowable for trimming. This is the purpose of bleeds and internal margins. To ensure a pleasing result we recommend not placing critical objects closer than 5mm from any trim line. Non critical images and colour may be placed to bleed beyond the trim line.


Watermarks or images used for similar purposes, should not be set at less than 8% total ink coverage.