If you need a graphic designer or repro house see our
now pass all our graphics to Kathryn Preston at
Prestset who will be happy to send you
templates and guidelines for the production of artwork in a form acceptable to
the factories. Even if you have dealt with us before we require your artwork to
be passed on Prestset's 'Pre flight' artwork check to reduce the chance of
problems at the factory.
ARTWORK DOs and DON’Ts
that you use the correct dimensions and are using the correct template, most are
When creating on-body
artwork please be aware that the printable area is 117mm diameter and the
non-printable area in the centre is 23mm. The centre hole is indicated on the
template IF PLACING AN ALL OVER IMAGE DO
CREATE A HOLE (WHITE CIRCLE) AS PART OF THE IMAGE ITSELF.
CDs printed as
cmyk are always printed onto a white base, if there are any elements of your
design that you need the silver of the cd to show through please give us a call
before starting your artwork.If your cd artwork is
being printed in spot colours there is not normally a white base, in this case
please avoid a 45mm diameter circle in the centre as there is a ring of
technical information on the back of the cd which shows through slightly and may
interfere with any text/image placed directly on top of it.
Booklet and Inlay
artwork must include bleed. Bleed is not necessary for on body print where the
image/text must not be outside the 117mm diameter printable size.
If you are producing the
artwork as a third party, please check exactly what the customer has been quoted
for i.e. how many pages in the booklet, is the tray inlay double sided, how many
colours for the on-body print?
The template must not
show through the design on the final PDF.
There must be
NO crop / fold marks on the printed area.
A catalogue number must
be printed on all parts (booklet, inlay and on-body)
If there is a bar code,
it must not be rasterised, the edges must be sharp.
Booklets - Is the
pagination correct? PDFs must be supplied in printers spreads
NOT readers pairs. Each page on the
spread must be numbered, there is space on the template for this, if for some
reason you do not use the templates please make sure that you add enough bleed
area to put the pages number in, if you are uncertain about this please ask to
see a sample spread.
All colour parts must be
CMYK and not RGB, there must be no spot or Pantone colours in the PDF.
Black and white images
must be bitmap or greyscale – there must be
NO RGB FILES ANYWHERE in the document
Black and white parts
must be grey scale not CMYK.
Image resolution –
nothing less that 300dpi at 100% of the size the image is used in the artwork,
it's no good having a tiny image at 300dpi and then enlarging the image massively
as this reduces the resolution of that image, the factory will reject PDFs that
contain low resolution images, they will only print the job if the customer
accepts the reduction in quality.
Text must be smooth, be
careful if using older versions of Photoshop which tended to make text edges
When saving your final
high resolution PDFs Sony’s own PDF job options are preferred and can be
provided if required. If you do not use these job options you MUST
The factory can remove
these but will charge for doing it. You can find a place to turn this off in
options. If you use Sony’s own PDF job options OPI comments are automatically
When you have created
your artwork we will have a look at the PDFs prior to uploading them to Sony.
Our checks are only to pick up anything obvious, Sony will run the PDFs through
their own sophisticated flight checking software.
When uploading PDFs to Prestset's ftp please let them know by email when the files are there.
Please contact us for the ftp details. We no longer publish them here for
IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS AT ALL ABOUT THE CREATION OF ARTWORK PLEASE CALL
KATHRYN AT PRESTSET BEFORE YOU PROCEED
. TEL 01274 518299
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