Print File Info

File specification requirements

  • Files should be set up as CMYK
  • Do not include spot colours
  • Ensure fonts are embedded
  • Images should be supplied at 300dpi or higher 
  • Do not include images sourced from the Internet - these are typically 72dpi. This resolution is much too low for quality printing. 
  • Trim - all text and design elements should be within the safe margin of 3.5mm from the edge of the document. This eliminates the risk of them being cut off when the document is trimmed.
  • Bleed - file should have 3mm bleed, and trim marks. Background colours and/or design elements should extend all the way to the edge. This prevents an unwanted white area showing around the edge of your document.

Adobe PDF is the preferred file format. A PDF will preserve your layout, number of pages and so on. 

The following file formats can be used (so long as they adhere to the requirements above):

Blue Star Direct will convert these files to PDF

bmp Bitmap
cpy Adobe PDF
eps Encapsulated PostScript
epub  Electronic Publication
jpeg Joint Photographics Experts Group Format
jpg Joint Photographics Experts Group Format
mobi Mobipocket file format
pdf Adobe PDF
png PNG
pub Microsoft Publisher Document
pub Microsoft Publisher Document
tif TIFF
tiff TIFF

Blue Star Direct

Please note

Blue Star Print Group production businesses will only output top quality work.
We can not and will not compromise.

One of the requirements for a top quality job is that the artwork file it originates from is set up to the correct specifications for printing. Please ensure your file adheres to the File Specification Requirements above.

If your Blue Star Direct job comes through for production and the file is not sufficient for producing a quality job, one of our prepress people will contact you. We will not go ahead a produce a job that you (and we) would not be proud of.

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