Top Tips before sending your files to printers


Know that black is not always black

What do we mean by black is not always black? In the printing world, there are 2 kinds of blacks: one that uses only 100% black and one that uses all 4 colours (Cyan, Magenta, yellow and black) to create a rich black tone. Your monitor will not be able to tell the difference between the 2 blacks and can be misleading and you may only notice this when your work is printed.


Does your file contain any bleeds?

Bleeds are an essential feature of your design. If you don’t have these, then your business cards, leaflets, brochures and letterheads could end up looking like this:




Use margins correctly

It is always good practice to keep your content or text away from the edge of the paper. A normal A4 sized document should have no less than 1cm of a margin. If there is an insufficient margin size, then your posters, business card, brochures, wedding invites and order of serves could end up looking like this:



Set your files to 300 DPI

For the best image resolution and, therefore, the best print quality, always set your files to 300 DPI (dots per inch) or more and send them to the printer in PDF. Lower DPI files could results in blurred images



Convert your designs to CMYK

Ensure that you have converted your designs from RBG to CMYK. Printers do not use RBG (Red, Blue, Green used in screens) to mix the colours. Instead, they use CMYK. Both of these have different colour gamuts, so the blue on your file could end up looking purple on your final prints. This is easily avoided by performing this conversion.


We believe that every printing company should check files for any obvious flaws in the design to save our clients from disappointment, if you need your files checked we will be more than happy to do this free of charge, Get in touch with Lion printers today.

We cover the whole of Croydon, Surrey, Sutton, Bromley, Kent, London and the UK we also accept jobs from Europe and other countries.

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