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

We recommend all artwork to be designed in dedicated design software like the Adobe suite, and 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.

We do not recommend designing commercial print files with Microsoft programs.

While files created with these programs may print as expected, there may also be file issues that we cannot see or predict and we are not liable or accountable for any print challenges that may result from artwork created and suppllied in a not commercial press ready format.

Amongst other anomalies that may occur, occasionally text or images do shift and or drop out from files created in Microsoft programs, even if they look correct when saved as a PDF on screen. If artwork and or files are created and or supplied in any one of these formats, we will contact you to see if you would like to have your artwork recreated, however please note that additional fees will be applicable for conversion and or to create press ready files.

A design proposal will be provided verbally or in writing and upon your acceptance a pdf proof will be created and sent to you for your approval prior to us proceeding to printing. We will not proceed to print until we have written confirmation

For our team to recreate, all logo’s, fonts if not native or in our library 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.


Due to the nature of print, there is an inevitable possibility of movement. As there can be up to +/- 2mm movement in any print and cut process (+/-1mm for vinyl products) we need to highlight the possibility that borders will look uneven on the final product. This may not be the case or may be minimal, however, it is possible, so we highlight it during the design phase so you are aware before print. If you choose to retain borders in the design we strongly recommend them to be inset at least 5mm so movement is less noticeable. But note that with 5mm inset borders, should there be +/- 2mm movement during production, this would result in a 3mm border one side and 7mm border the other side of the print.


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 40%, Yellow 40%.


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.


All your foiling artwork is in PDF vector format and fonts are outlined. If you can – please place foiling elements on a separate layer from artwork.

Minimum text size for foiling: Please ensure the stroke of each letter is at least 0.4mm wide at the very minimum. Depending on the font style, if you have very small text, some of the curves and gaps of the letters may slightly fill in with foil. This is why we recommend 0.6mm +. If you are only able to go by the font size in pt – use 6pt + and do not use thin/lightweight font styles.

Graphics can vary in size requirement depending on your design. Foiling is best not to be used as a border or part of a design that requires exact placement. This is because there can be up to 2mm movement +/- in any foiling process so please ensure all foiling elements are at least 3mm away from any important text/ graphic elements to ensure if any movement it will not cover these elements.