Printing on Paper and Cardboard
You Begin: The production assets you supply to us are
deemed to be in final form. This means you have checked them
thoroughly and confirm they are ready-to-manufacture without
the need for modifications.
We strongly recommend you use either
Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Indesign for general layout and
typesetting, and Adobe Photoshop for processing your
photos/images. Free fully functioning 30 day trials of these
programs can be downloaded from adobe.com
Your designs must be supplied on the
appropriate Precision Disc
We can not accept the templates from other manufacturers or
‘home made’ templates. Commonly used design logos are
Proofs and Proofing:
It's important that you fully
understand what proofing options
are available to you, what each option includes and
involves, and what the limitations may be.
Basic Design Rules:
When creating/using "rich"
black colour values it's possible to have the values too
high, which can result in oversaturation of ink and cause
ink adhesion issues. Based on our printing presses, we find
that a good rich black can be achieved with the following CMYK colour values: C:25 M:25 Y:5 K:100..
● The template should be the top layer
in your Layer Menu so you can always see it for visual
reference while you are designing.
● Colour mode for page
properties, colour values and images: CMYK
● Resolution for page
properties and images: 300 ppi (pixels per inch).
● Always allow 1/8” (3mm) of
bleed past the finished edges of your design (see Image #1
● Don't crowd the edges with
text - using a margin of no less than 1/8" (3mm) is
● The ink density for the
colours (other than solid black as noted above) in your design should not exceed 300%. You can
determine the ink density for any colour by adding up the individual CMYK values of the colour. For example:
The total ink density
of C:100 M:98 Y:19 K:16 equals 233%.
● When using transparencies,
gradients, drop-shadows or anything less than 100% solid
colour, the tonal range must be between
15% and 85%
● Flatten/rasterize any
transparencies, gradients and drop-shadows you create in
files for stapled booklets must be supplied in
printer spread format.
● Minimum recommended type size for
dark coloured lettering on a light coloured background: 5
● Minimum recommended type size
for light coloured lettering on a dark coloured background:
● For best print results do not
use fonts with thin/fine strokes for small text (especially
when using light text on a dark background).
● If using Photoshop: Small
text and line-art created in Photoshop tends to look fuzzy
when printed so we suggest you either:
Process your photos and
images in Photoshop, then import your imagery into Adobe Illustrator or Indesign where you
can assemble your images within the design template and add your typsesetting...
Complete your design in Photoshop (including text) but do
not rasterize your text layers or flatten your design. Keep
all of your design layers editable. Save your design and
supply it to us with all of the font files you used in your
In the design
template shown below, the solid
lines represent the trim line
for the finished product, but you must extend (aka: bleed)
your design past the red
line by at least 1/8" which is represented by the template's
When Your Disc Design Is Completed
STEP 1 - Embed Your Photos/Images
Illustrator and Indesign: Go to
your Menu Bar, select 'Window' and then select 'Links' to
open the Link Menu on your screen. Click on an image in your
design, click on the Menu button in your Link Menu and then
click on 'Embed Image'. Repeat as required for other
photos/images in your design.
Photoshop: Rasterize the layer in your Layer Menu.
STEP 2 - Covert Text To Outlines
To avoid font substitution errors
please convert all of your text into 'outlines'. In the
image shown below the word "Text" on the left has not been
outlined, and the word "Text" on the right has been
Illustrator and Indesign: Select all text, go to your Menu Bar, select
'Type' and then select 'Create Outlines'.
STEP 3 - Turn Off The Template
have finished your design please turn off the "Template"
layer in your Layer Menu. After doing so, only the thin
black "Crop Marks" should be visible. In the image shown
below the Template layer has been turned off but the crop
marks remain clearly visible. This is how we want you to
supply the artwork file.
STEP 4 - Saving Your Design
You must save your design as a high
resolution PDF. Please name your artwork file with your
order number and the product name. For example: 32543_CS1000.pdf
In your Menu Bar select "File", then "Save As" and then
select the PDF file format. A dialogue box will then appear
(see example shown below) and in the "Adobe PDF Preset"
field you select the "High Quality Print" option. Then click
STEP 5 - Artwork instructions for
your CD or DVD discs are