Bleed & Die Cutting Info


This section of the website is dedicated to providing you with all that you need to deliver us problem free, print ready artwork.

We have tried to cover the most important aspects of setting up your artwork but it would be impossible to provide information for every possible scenario so if you need to know something that hasn't been included here just Ask Jeff or if you prefer, call us and we will do our best to help.


Bleed is a printers term for colour that is printed beyond the finished size of a page. Due to the cutting process not always being 100% accurate, illustrations that spread to the edge of the paper can leave unsightly white slivers of unprinted paper along the edge of the page. This can be avoided by ensuring that the background of your artwork flows beyond the finished size required. If the background is white, then bleed is obviously irrelevant, it would however, be good practice to always supply finished artwork with bleed in place. We require that, where needed, a bleed of 2.5mm be used. Additionally, it would be a good idea not to place any text or important imagery too close to the finished edge.

Die Cutting

We can die cut your flyers into a novelty shape from as little as £50! We offer a full range of ready made dies as well as a custom die making service. You can download a copy of our die catalogue of over 150 assorted shape templates in PDF format below.

Colour Issues

RGB Images may suffer from colour shifts due to CMYK converstion prior to printing. It is therefore suggested that all files are supplied in CMYK colour mode as not all RGB colours can be reproduced with the CMYK printing process. When using large areas of solid black, the colour breakdown should be 100% black 50% cyan. Black areas without cyan cause ink saturation problems and should be avoided. It is also worth steering clear of 4 colour blacks as they prevent the ink from raising too high and can cause other areas of colour to appear washed out.

File Types

Wherever possible, files should be supplied as flattened, CMYK artwork at a minimum resolution of 300dpi in either JPEG or TIFF format. Vector files (Illustrator, Freehand, etc.) are prone to numerous software bugs and if possible should be avoided as a format for finished artwork. If there is no option but to send vector files, please ensure that all fonts are converted into outlines. Be aware that when conversion or software errors occur there may be a charge for putting the files right. Please avoid sending Microsoft Word documents for print as this is not a print ready application and extra charges will be incurred due to reworking unsuitable artwork.