The Ultimate Print Ready Checklist

Print ready artwork can sound almost mythical. What is it? How can we get it? What do we have to do?

 

It is a lot easier to prepare than you might think and can speed up your reviewing process immensely. 

 

We have created the ultimate checklist to help you ensure that your artwork will fly through the process!

1. Submit a High-Res File

By this, we mean either a vector file or a bitmap. 

 

Vectors are perfect for text and simple artwork. These files consist of shapes and lines rather than pixels. Therefore, they are easy to scale and will print crisply. PDF, EPS and AI are the usual vector formats. 

 

Bitmaps are ideal for complex images. Each bitmap consists of dots, so-called pixels. These are measured per inch, dpi in short. Your artwork should have at least 300 dpis to avoid it going blurry when scaled.

Fish design in a raster and vector format

2. Convert Fonts to Outlines

Not all fonts are easily accessible. Converting your fonts to outlines allows us to access and print them even if we do not have that specific font on file. 

 

It also reassures you that your artwork will not have to be modified to replicate the given font for you.

3. Use CMYK Colours

Screens usually work within an RGB colour model. This stands for red, green and blue which can be mixed to create 16,777,216 different colours. 

 

Printers, on the other hand, use CMYK, cyan, magenta, yellow and a key, usually black, to create colours. With that, we can create about 16,000 colours. 

 

This explains why not every colour you see beautifully vibrant on your screen can be printed. If you convert the colours of your artwork to CMYK, you can be sure that these colours will print exactly like that.

Comparison beween RGB and CMYK

4. Check the Size

View your sticker at a 100% scale to see exactly how big or small it will be and how legible your text and images can be at this size. 

 

Our proofs indicate the size of your design and include a ruler as a visual help. 

 

However, quickly checking the dimension of your sticker before you decide on your final sizes can be super helpful and ensures you will receive exactly what you want.

5. Beware of the Minimum Height Requirement

Speaking of legibility, a lot of text on a small sticker can sometimes be problematic. 

 

For text, we recommend a minimum height requirement of 1.2mm. This translates into roughly 8pt, depending on the chosen font. 

 

Through this standard, we can ensure that your text will be legible when printed. A useful factor to consider before submitting your artwork.

6. Zip it

You can split your order into several designs as long as they are all the same shape and size and will be printed on the same material. 

 

All you have to do is to combine your designs in a .zip file and submit them. You can then let us know how many stickers of each design you would like.

And that’s all you need to make sure your artwork is 100% print ready!