How to set up and send over your artwork correctly to ensure you get the best quality print.

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Learn how to send your files, about bleeding, paper, colours, fonts and images

Sending your files to Manchester Printers is very easy. Its can be simply uploaded once a product is added to your basket.
We accept large files up to 2GB in size using many methods (depending on the upload capacity of your internet connection).
To reduce file sizes we recommend compressing your files into a zip file before uploading.

1.) You can email (smaller files) directly –
2.) Larger files we recommend using our file transfer – We Transfer Account

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We would also recommand phoning us on – 0161 604 6111 to check its delivered.

Send large files direct to our studio!


File Format Should Be PDF




Dont forget to add Bleed!
The most common mistake in supllying artwork is missing off the bleed area.
Its not difficult and can save you valuable time. We require all artwork to include a bleed area to allow for the tolerance of our guillotines.

We recommend that all elements in your artwork intended to go to the very edge of your finished job should extend a further 3mm beyond the edge.

A safe zone of 5mm around the edge should be included in your finished page size for text or images not included in the bleed. This will avoid text being cut off.

Bleed areas can be set/added in design software such as Adobe Indesign and Illustrator in the document setup but remember to include this bleed area when saving your pdf file!
For paper and document sizes please see our supplying artwork section (Above).



Please ensure that all colours and embedded images are saved using a CMYK colour profile.

While RGB images look good on your screen, they will alter significantly when printed out at CMYK, make sure to design and look at your design in CMYK colours before sending it to print. This way you get no surprise’s only top quality print from us.

Colour Matching can be done, but must be brought to our attention at the ordering stage. Hard Copies must be supplied before any printing can be begun.

This way the colour matching is 100% correct and just like the colour of the hard copy that has been supplied.



Please always supply us with fonts used in your documents, specially if its something special or custom that you have obtained.

We have an extensive font collection, but ask all supplied artwork text is converted to outlines. We want to guarantee that when opening our document nothing changes placement or changes remotely.

To outline fonts in Adobe Illustrator, select all the elements in your document:
Select -> All and then to outline the fonts: Type -> Create Outlines.



Supplied images must be at least 300dpi and saved as CMYK in order for us to print to the highest level.

Remember image sources on the internet tend to be 72dpi and RGB which are too low in resolution for printing. Re-sampling an image from 72dpi to 300dpi will not solve the problem and still not be print quality.

We understand at Manchester Printers that its not always possible to deliver 300dpi high resoultion images, but ask you understand that we can not make the images better on production and we can only work with the images you supply us.

See image below to see the difference between a 300dpi image and a low resolution 72dpi image.

For questions on this feel free to call us on: 0161 604 6111

We recommend all artwork to be supplied in press(high) quality PDF format with all fonts either embedded or outlined.

We are able to accept the following file formats for print: Adobe PDF, Encapsulated Postscript, Adobe Photoshop Adobe Illustrator, JPG, TIFF and PNG Images and Microsoft Word.

See our page dimensions on the suppling artwork section to make sure your image is set to the right size. Hopefully before you start creating your document.

Proofing: We supply each client with low resolution digital proofs in pdf format, as well as High resolution digital proofs available on request for every job we process.

Finishing Options

Scoring means mechanically creasing a job. It prevents thick stock from surface splitting along a fold, leaving a ragged, unsightly edge. Greeting cards and covers on stock heavier than 200gsm are scored before being folded.

Our folding machines produce a clean, accurate fold or folds for your jobs. When specifying multiple folding for a job (for example an A4 sheet folded twice down to DL size) always consider which way a reader will view your job as it unfolds again – a tri-fold (also known as a roll fold) unfolds differently to a z-fold. Both cost the same, but look different as the job unfolds back to flat.

We prefer steel wiro binding over plastic comb binding. Comb binding is not particularly robust, and barely cheaper than the stronger but more compact wiro binding. Wiro comes in a range of colours and sizes to suit jobs between 10 pages and up to about 200 pages.

Saddlestitched jobs have two steel staples in the spine – a magazine like Who Weekly is a common example. Saddlestitched jobs always have a page count in multiples of 4. They may have a cover of heavier stock, or stock of a different finish than the text (for example a glossy cover but uncoated text). Jobs of up to 70 pages can be saddlestitched, after which they’re too thick for the staples to be effective.

Perfect Binding
A magazine like the Australian Women’s Weekly, or a paperback book are two examples of perfect binding. A perfect bound book needs to be at least 60 pages thick to be effectively bound.

Lamination offers much more substantial protection to a piece as a whole. Encapsulation puts a piece in a sandwich of two pieces of polycarbonate. It’s tough, waterproof and great for menus and other pieces that need to look good and stay that way in hostile environments. Care needs to be taken with lamination of digital print. The laminate will not always adhere to large printed areas, and can bubble or lift if flexed or creased.

Matt celloglazing
Matt celloglazing is a very luxurious satin finish often found on upmarket paperbacks. We also use it on business cards and similar items, too. As before, matt celloglaze will not always adhere to large printed areas. There is alternative that offers teh same luxurious finish though, called matt supastick, which does adhere to digital output of any coverage. Also available are gloss celloglaze and gloss supastick finishes.