(03) 8669 2674

11B Mareno Road
Tullamarine, Melbourne
VIC 3043

Artwork Guide

We are here to help you with your print requirements.

If you need to talk to an expert  and get advice on file preparation please contact our office:

Phone: (03) 8669 2674    

Email: sue@dddigitalprinting.com.au or bruce@dddigitalprinting.com.au


Please read below:



Ensure fonts are embedded and for best results high resolution 300dpi.


Fonts converted to outlines and supplied as AI or EPS files.  Or output ‘Press Ready’ PDF from Illustrator.


Layers flattened, at least 300 dpi, JPEG, PDF or Tiff. Remember to include 3mm bleed. PSD files can be supplied but save your unflattened PSD file as a PDF to maintain non-rasterised fonts.


Fonts converted to outlines. Save as a ‘Package’ and zip the fonts, images and inDesign file in one file. Or output ‘Press Ready’ PDF from inDesign.

Supplying Native Files

When supplying native files please ensure all elements, document, images and fonts are in one folder and please compress using Stuffit or similar.


Supplying PDF Artwork

We prefer all artwork to be supplied as high-resolution PDF format with fonts embedded.

Correct Preparation of PDF Files

When creating a PDF in Acrobat Distiller, there are job options which must be set for commercial printing. These include default resolution, compression settings and font embedding. Where possible ensure a 300dpi PDFx1a ‘print’ or ‘press ready’ PDF is outputted. Please include a 3mm bleed, crop marks and supply as single pages.

Please ensure you choose high resolution. Compression settings for colour and greyscale should be downsampled to 300dpi with “auto compression” set on high. Font embedding should be set to “embed all fonts.”


One of the most important elements in artwork for printing!  Please ensure there is 3mm bleed all round the PDF, i.e. save the PDF with 6mm added to each measurement (i.e. for A4 usually 210mm x 297mm, save as 216mm x 303mm). Crop marks may be included if you wish. If your artwork is supplied without bleed we may not always be able to add it on for you and you may have to amend and re-supply the artwork.


Please ensure that all embedded images are CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) files. RGB images may look good on your screen but final output to print is always in CMYK. One should be aware that files converted from RGB to CMYK may alter the colour composition significantly!

Microsoft Office Files

If you are creating a PDF from a MS Publisher or Word file, care must be taken to ensure spot colours are created correctly in your original documents. Do not set to RGB (Red, Green, Blue) colours as they cannot be printed as such.

Supplying EPS Files

Any other file formats not listed above must be saved as an eps or jpeg. Ensure your files have bleed and crop marks and please confirm the final size of the artwork.

Bleed and Crop Marks

All artwork must have 3mm bleed if you require the image to bleed off the edge of the paper. Crop marks should be included if artwork does not fill a whole page area (i.e. no bleed). Please ensure that artwork is supplied at the correct finished size required. If this is not possible, please inform us to allow time for amending the artwork.


Please do not supply imposed pages or “printers pairs” or spreads. We will look after the imposition of files.


If you are supplying a document with multiple pages, please supply as single pages in page order. Also, please remember to allow for “creep” – we suggest you keep all text and copy at least 5mm away from the trimmed edge.


Include all fonts you have used in the file.


Screen tints may range from 99% down to 1%.  From a practical printing viewpoint, anything above 90% or less than 5% will generally not be visible to the naked eye.

Sending Artwork by Email

Please address it to shane@dddigitalcolour.com with any relevant information regarding the job. Maximum file size preferred by email is 10mb. Files larger than this should be uploaded to our FTP site.

FTP Upload

You can also FTP upload artwork directly to our server as part of the online ordering process.