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The following guides are intended to assist in preparing digital artwork for submission to the print department. Following the simple tips laid out in this section will help to minimise the risk of some common problems which occur when printing from digital files. We have grouped these together with a series of frequently asked questions on print ready artwork which you may find useful.

If you do not find the answer to your query within the section then please do hesitate to get in touch.

Related FAQs

We recommend WeTransfer for sending us your files. WeTransfer is an online file-transferring platform, which basically means that you choose your file, wetransfer sends it and we receive it. Upon our receipt you will receive notification that it has been delivered and uploaded by us.

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Click on the link below for a link to WeTransfer or if you already have an account then simply send it to us at

Our Designers are here on hand to create the perfect design concept to suit your needs and at a price you will be comfortable with.

Please call one of our friendly team to chat over your thoughts on 01634 844203 or simply send your enquiry using using our Online Enquiry Form or email us at , we will get back to you as swiftly as possible!

Yes, if we have designed and arranged your artwork here in our Studio then we will email proofs to you for proofing. Only when a proof has been approved by the client will it go through to print production.

If Artwork has been produced outside of Reeds we will print as per supplied file.

We are happy to do a FREE file/artwork checks but this only covers print specifications and not proof reading or layout.

We cannot use the following formats for printing:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Power Point
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Works

Below is a link to a website that can convert any of the above files into a useable PDF, it is easy-to-use and will do it for you right there online.


Please note that it is important when supplying a PDF from a Microsoft document, care is taken to ensure any spot colours are created correctly in your original document.

For publication print quality any raster images you are using must be a minimum of 300 dpi at the size they are to be printed. An image which is 300 dpi at A6 (postcard) size will effectively drop to 150 dpi if you decide to fill an A4 page with it, so make sure the images you are using are of suitable quality for the size you want to print them.

RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue – the colours of light a computer screen mixes together to make colours on your screen.
CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black – the inks our digital presses mix together to make colours on your printed job.