Guideline for Print-Ready Artwork

Print-ready files are required to achieve optimal print quality. In order for a file to be ‘print-ready’, it must first satisfy the following criteria.

•  Artwork is correctly sized and centred 1up on the page

•  File is provided in a high resolution (300dpi) PDF format

•  Artwork colours have been converted to CMYK colour

•  Artwork is provided with 5mm bleed and trim marks

If any of these ‘print-ready’ criteria are not met prior to printing then it’s possible that quality will be compromised. Should we be required by a customer to fix any issues with the artwork to make it print-ready, (e.g. resizing, converting colours, adding bleed and trim marks) then it may be necessary for us to requote the job to include additional graphic charges.

How to export your artwork as “Print Ready” PDF


  • Bleed refers to the area to be trimmed off. If you have a image that needs to be printed to the edge of the paper, it needs to be extended beyond the bleed area.


  • Trim Marks, also known as Crop Marks, a set of marks that define a printed area. we use this set of marks to trim to final size.


  • Print Area, also known as Safe Area, is area that is going to show as a final product after getting trimme



For illustrator and Indesign file For Canva

1. Ensure you have 5mm bleed set up (often indicated in red line).

2. Finalise your artwork and export to PDF with 5mm bleed and crop marks.

File > Save as or Export > Adobe PDF(Print) > Marks and Bleed > Tick on Trim marks and Use document setting > Save PDF

1. Finalise your artwork and click on the “Download” icon.

2. Choose a file type: PDF Print.

3. Put a tick on ”crop marks and bleed”

4. Choose which pages to export. (By default all pages are checked)

5. Click the “Download” button and select where to save the file.


If you’d like to know more about print-ready artwork, download our artwork guideline. 


Artwork Templates

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