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23rd November 2011

To get the quickest turnaround times on your print order, we ask that you meet a couple of small but important criteria. Fortunately, they couldn’t be easier… is always on hand to help with your artwork. In fact, we are one of the few online printers that will check your designs, and tackle any niggly little problems. But occasionally there are things that can’t be done without substantially altering your design. On these occasions, we have to get in touch and this slows the whole process down. This short blog is just here to give you a heads up to make sure you take full advantage of the service.


-       Bleed: We will fully look at bleeds in another one of our ‘Printing Explained’ blogs. However, what is crucial to understand is that we need your artwork 6mm bigger than the standard paper size you are ordering. For example, if you are ordering an A3 poster, the universally recognized dimensions, and the dimensions you will eventually receive are 29.7cm by 42cm. However, we need a 3mm bleed around this area. This means that the actual size we need your A3 digital artwork to be is 30.3cm by 42.6cm. This 3mm boarder will not actually remain on your artwork. It is purely for clipping purposes, and ensures that your design runs all the way to the side of the page. And what should fall within this 3mm bleed? Importantly, nothing crucial (i.e. text, images, logos etc.) should be in this area as it is likely it will be clipped off. This bleed area should only contain your background color/pattern. Simple.


-       Image Files: There are a plethora of image files out there but which one should you be using? At, we can only accept Photoshop (.psd), PDF, JPEG, Microsoft Word (.doc) and PNG files. We cannot accept Microsoft Publisher documents.


-       Image Files for Booklets: For booklet, brochure or magazine printing, you’ll be uploading multiple images. Importantly, booklets need to be in PDF format in order to go to print. Furthermore, each individual page needs to be an individual page in a single PDF document. If you are having any problems with creating such a file, then please do not hesitate to get in touch with someone here at StuPrint.Com.


-       Pre-11am orders: To avoid disappointment, it should be understood that works to an 11am print deadline. This is to say, any order received after 11am is considered to have been received the next day.


-       Emailing artwork: It is occasionally necessary, especially for bespoke quotes, to email over artwork to With most email services, there is a maximum attachment size of 15-25MB. If you’re artwork is above this threshold then the quickest method of artwork delivery is via an FTP site- we recommend the free service At these sites, you will be able to upload your artwork. Once uploaded, you will be given a file link that you can simply send to us via email. We can then download everything and get printing!


If you find any of this confusing then don’t forget that we are only a phone call away. We’re always here and ready to help.