Setting up Artwork for Northside Graphics

Published by Northside Graphics • 3rd September 2019

Today we are taking a look at the process of setting up and submitting artwork for print at Northside Graphics. 

Sending print-ready artwork helps speed up the print process for you. And, as the printing experts, we’re always here to help. 

In order for us to achieve print perfection, it’s vital that your file is correctly set up and you have checked each box on our list to ensure that your file is print-ready. Below we have created a simple six-step guide for you to follow and make sure that your artwork is correctly prepped and ready to go:

1. Save as “Print Ready PDF”

Save your artwork as a PDF and name it “Print Ready PDF”, which to us means that your work has met our criteria and therefore will not have any problems

2. Size

Make sure that the size of your artwork is in proportion or 100% in size.

3. Images

All images should be saved at a minimum of 300dpi and embedded. Keep in mind that saving low-quality images (e.g. 72dpi or Web Images) to 300dpi will not improve their quality.

4. Fonts

Don’t use a font size smaller than 6pt when designing artwork up to A3 and don’t use a size smaller than 10pt when designing artwork above A3.

5. Bleed

All of your artwork should have a 3mm bleed area around it. You can’t add bleed around your image with Microsoft Word, PowerPoint or Adobe Photoshop so you must change your document size:

E.g. A4 210mm x 297mm *add bleed* = 216mm x 303mm

6. Borders

You need to create a safe area to set your artwork. This needs to be at least 5mm from the edge of the page if it’s not meant to bleed off.

Here at Northside Graphics, we ensure that every time we print, it’s done to the best of our ability. Using our four HP Indigo Digital Presses, it ensures that your artwork is produced exceptionally to the highest quality every time.

To get a quote or find out more about how digital print from Northside Graphics can help you, call us today on 02890 222 111 or visit