Colour and greyscale raster images should be no less than 300dpi. Bitmaps and Vector/linework at 600dpi.
If your job is to be printed in CMYK please design and supply in CMYK. If your job is Spot Colour please design and supply in spot PMS.
Borders not recommended
Avoid using borders designed to create an even margin around the document, trimming tolerance of +/- 1mm must be allowed, therefore the borders may not look even.
Colour matching not guaranteed
Colour variations may occur between print runs, due to atmospheric conditions, varying stock properties and gang printing.
Do not use four colour black for text, it should be 100% black. For black background, use Cyan 50% and Black 100%. Black overprint is recommended.
All text should be converted to outlines, curves or paths. Avoid using colours for small text.
Margin for image, text and trims
Please allow at least 3mm margin around your content to ensure trim tolerances are maintained.
Minimum line thickness is 0.3pt.
Minimum of 3mm bleed where required must be supplied for all jobs.
Document size must be the finished size plus bleed. Must supply art with trim marks.
If transparency is applied, make sure it is flattened.
Supply art as one up and multiple page document should be supplied as single pages.
No more than 300% out of 400% is recommended. Sealing varnish should be considered especially for matt stock.
Page creep does occur on booklet jobs. To help with binding and folding, all page numbers and non bleed image & text areas should be kept at least 10mm from the trim marks. You should leave a 5mm bleed on all booklet jobs.
If files are not supplied correctly, some errors can occur and Alto Print can not be held responsible for any problems that occur. Always check your PDF before sending.
All efforts will be made to use your supplied artwork. If your artwork does not meet our requirements you will be given an option to fix the file yourself or our Art Dept can fix it for you. If the changes that need to be made are not minor, Art Room charges will apply. No changes to the artwork will commence without authority from the client.
Hard copy proofing
Alto Print can supply hard copy plotter proofs if required. The proofs are printed on 190gsm Satin and are not considered 100% colour calibrated to the print stock or press. To order this colour plotter proof, please mark clearly on your order and the proof can be sent the next day or you can pick up on the same day. If you require delivery, standard charges apply.