Whether you need just a logo or a total brand development, we offer a service to fit any your needs. We explore different print finish options and create specific designs for your communication needs. On-going artwork support and archive management allows clients to depend on MRT Studio as being key business partner for their brand.
ARTWORK MY IDEA
Artwork my idea is a simple service bringing your scribbles and illustrations to an electronic platform to be made ready for printing. This is ideal for those who know what they want; including colour, imagery and style. What you leave to us is putting the puzzle together to create a piece of artwork that delivers in printing.
Our freestyle design service is perfect for start-up businesses with no commercial identity. We ask questions to understand your vision for your brand and its market potential and develop ideas. Ideas are presented and feedback allows the designers to fine tune the brand until client satisfaction is reached.
Every business evolves and moves on at some point. This service delivers when all you need is a few text updates on your business stationery & new set ups for new employee business cards. We archive all your business stationery, design and print manage all in one studio allowing your business to move on swiftly.
Design ready? It’s crucial to know how to supply artwork, the following steps will guide you to supply artwork without mistakes
Ensure your document has a 3mm bleed around all 4 sides
Applying ‘bleed’ to your artwork is an essential part of preparing designs for printing. It’s a term that means extension of background images beyond the edges of the cut size. Applying bleed overcomes white borders showing around the edges when cut down to size. Artwork being prepared for digitally printed large format printing does not require bleed.
Allow a 5mm margin around all 4 sides
Be cautious about placing any important text or logos within a 5mm margin of the finish size. There is always the possibility of a few millimeters trimming error so your 5mm margin will reduce the risk of any important communication being too close to the finish size.
Some printing processes will require ‘crop marks’
These are short black thin lines which are positioned outside of your printed area. Also referred to as ‘trim marks’. It enables us to identify the cutting points of your document. Artwork being prepared for digitally printed large format printing does not require crop marks.
Outline your fonts
We may not have the fonts you used within your artwork on our systems. By outlining your fonts, postscript errors and default fonts being used in your artwork will be avoided. This action is also known as converting fonts to curves.
Ensure your file is high resolution, ideally 300dpi
By supplying your artwork in 300dpi you will potentially be avoiding pixalaxtion and weak colour presentation in your prints. Your imagery/photography used in your design should be high resolution at the point of artwork creation. Converting original low res imagery into high resolution will deliver poor printing results.
Supply your artwork as a vector based PDF if the artwork has a mixture of text and imagery.
JPEGs can print text with a ‘bitty look’ around the text edges. Outlined vector based PDFs or EPS files are best to achieve sharp and clear text in printing. Choose JPEG formats for fine art photography/imagery printing.
Convert your files if you are working from:
- Indesign to PDF – Select Adobe presets high quality print, followed by compatibility Acrobat 4 (PDF 1.3)
- Photoshop to JPEGs – Select image option quality:12
- Illustrator EPS files – Select version: illustrator CC EPS
- Quarkxpress to PDF – Select PDF style: press-high quality/high resolution
Work in CMYK
And finally, here are a few simple rules to bare in mind:
- When designing, do not use font sizes less than 8points – small fonts can be difficult to read, unless purposely created as small print.
- Use a 4 colour black when designing solid black backgrounds
- Ideal combination for digital printing: C: 20%, M: 20%, Y: 20%, K: 100%
- Ideal combination for large format printing: C: 0%, M: 0%, Y: 0%, K: 100%
- Ideal combination for litho printing: C: 40%, M: 0%, Y: 0%, K: 100%
- When designing your text in black, use a single black at 100% – prevents text from bleeding
- Avoid the following when printing small format sizes if digital printed
- Horizontal lines
- Image merging in booklets on 2 different pages
Please refer to terms and conditions for a full set of printing outcomes.
If for any reason your having trouble with preparing your files for print, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org. A small fee may apply and will be discussed prior to any support.