Artwork Specs

This page gives the required design specifications and guidelines for our most popular products including disc on body print and paper parts print for CD replication and CD duplication. Please supply all artwork in PDF format.

>Black Text Disc On Body Thermal Print >Full Face Disc On Body Screenprint
>Grayscale Disc On Body Thermal Print >Full Face Disc On Body Offset Litho Print
>Full Colour Disc On Body Thermal Print >Colour Printed Paper Parts
>Standard Hub Disc On Body Screenprint >Using Our PDF Templates
Disc On Body Black Text Thermal Print for duplication up to 500 units
Specification:
Printable area:
Outer diameter 116mm, Inner diameter 44mm
Resolution: 300 or 600 pixels per inch
Minimum Text Size: 8 point, do not use very fine fonts. Use of bold text is recommended.
Maximum logo sizes: 60mm x 30mm
Text & logos must be black only, no tints/gradients.
No photo images, No black backgrounds

template
click to view or right click to save
Acceptable File Formats
Illustrator: convert all text to outlines, save as .pdf file
Photoshop: do not merge, flatten or rasterize text layers, include all separate design layers and provide any non standard fonts on artwork disc. Save as photoshop .pdf
Indesign: convert all text to outlines, hide any template layers and export as PDF at high quality print setting

Optional On Body Design Service

Text only designs using arial font: £5
Text only designs using customer fonts: £10
Text and customer supplied logo designs £15

Disc On Body Grayscale Thermal Print for duplication up to 500 units
Specification:
Printable area:
Outer diameter 118mm, Inner diameter 20mm
Resolution: 300 or 600 pixels per inch
Minimum Text Size: 7 point, do not use very fine fonts
Design and layers should be grayscale
Grayscale photo images & graphics acceptable
Do not crop the inner hub/circle of your design

template
click to view or right click to save
Acceptable File Formats
Illustrator: convert all text to outlines, save as .pdf file
Photoshop: do not merge, flatten or rasterize text layers, include all separate design layers and provide any non standard fonts on artwork disc. Save as photoshop .pdf
Indesign: convert all text to outlines, hide any template layers and export as PDF at high quality print setting.

PDF: high resolution pdfs output from other design applications with template layers hidden.

Optional On Body Design Service

On body designs from customer supplied content from £15

Disc On Body Full Colour Thermal Print for duplication up to 500 units
Specification:
Printable area:
Outer diameter 118mm, Inner diameter 20mm
Resolution: 300 or 600 pixels per inch
Minimum Text Size: 7 point, do not use very fine fonts
Design and layers should be CMYK
Photo images and high res graphics acceptable
Effects such as shadows, bevel, emboss all acceptable
Do not crop the inner hub/circle of your design

template
click to view or right click to save
Acceptable File Formats
Illustrator: convert all text to outlines, save as .pdf file
Photoshop: do not merge, flatten or rasterize text layers, include all separate design layers and provide any non standard fonts on artwork disc. Save as photoshop .pdf
Indesign: convert all text to outlines, hide any template layers and export as PDF at high quality print setting.

PDF: high resolution pdfs output from other design applications with template layers hidden.

Optional On Body Design Service

On body designs from customer supplied content from £15

Disc On Body Screenprint Standard Hub Print for replication of 500+ units
Specification:
Printable area:
Outer diameter 117mm, Inner diameter 45mm
Designs should be vector based for best results.
Minimum Text Size: 6 point, do not use very fine fonts
No text effects such as shadows, bevel, emboss
No gradients less than 15% or greater than 85% Designs should use spot colours from the Pantone Solid Coated library, CMYK not suitable for 2 colour print
Do not crop the inner hub/circle of your design

template
click to view or right click to save
Acceptable File Formats
Illustrator: use spot colours, convert all text to outlines, save as .pdf file
Indesign: use spot colours, convert all text to outlines, hide any template layers and export as PDF at high quality print setting.

PDF: high resolution spot colour pdfs output from vector based design applications with template layers hidden.

Optional On Body Design Service

Vector based spot colour on body designs from £15
Convert customer supplied CMYK designs to spot colour if possible from £15

Disc On Body Screenprint Full Face for replication of 500+ units
Specification:
Printable area:
Outer diameter 117mm, Inner diameter 18mm
Designs should be vector based for best results
Minimum Text Size: 6 point, do not use very fine fonts
No gradients less than 15% or greater than 85%
Designs should use spot colours from the Pantone Solid Coated library for best results. CMYK designs for 5 colour process screenprint also acceptable.
Do not crop the inner hub/circle of your design

template
click to view or right click to save

Acceptable File Formats
Illustrator: convert all text to outlines, save as .pdf file
Indesign: convert all text to outlines, hide any template layers and export as PDF at high quality print setting.

Photoshop: use CMYK, do not merge, flatten or rasterize text layers, include all separate design layers and provide any non standard fonts on artwork disc. Save as photoshop .pdf
PDF: high resolution pdfs output from vector based design applications with template layers hidden.


Optional On Body Design Service

CMYK or spot colour on body designs from £15

Disc On Body Offset Litho Print for replication of 500+ units

Specification:
Printable area:
Outer diameter 117mm, Inner diameter 23mm
Designs should be CMYK
Minimum Text Size: 6 point, do not use very fine fonts
CMYK photo images & high res graphics acceptable
High detail gradients acceptable
Effects such as shadows, bevel, emboss all acceptable
Do not crop the inner hub/circle of your design


template
click to view or right click to save

Acceptable File Formats
Illustrator: use CMYK, convert text to outlines, save as .pdf file
Indesign: use CMYK, convert all text to outlines, hide any template layers and export as PDF at high quality print setting.

Photoshop
: use CMYK, do not merge, flatten or rasterize text layers, include all separate design layers and provide any non standard fonts on artwork disc. Save as photoshop .pdf
PDF: high resolution CMYK pdfs output from other design applications with template layers hidden.


Optional On Body Design Service

On body designs from customer supplied content from £15

Paper Parts Litho Print for booklets, inlays, inserts & wallets

Specification:
Printable area: see relevant template
Resolution: 300 pixels per inch
Designs should be CMYK
Minimum Text Size: 6 point, do not use very fine fonts
CMYK photo images & high res graphics acceptable
Effects such as shadows, bevel, emboss all acceptable
Designs MUST have a 3mm bleed!
Leave templates visible as a background layer


template
click to view all paper parts templates

Acceptable File Formats
Illustrator: use CMYK, convert text to outlines, save as .pdf file
Indesign: use CMYK, convert all text to outlines, export as PDF at high quality print setting.

Photoshop
: use CMYK, do not merge, flatten or rasterize text layers, include all separate design layers and provide any non standard fonts on artwork disc. Save as photoshop .pdf
PDF: high resolution CMYK with template layer visible


Content Proofs

Wherever possible please supply a printed proof or a flattened reference file for each page of your designs.

Using Our PDF Templates

Download the required pdf template from Template Downloads by right clicking and saving to your computer.
Start your preferred design application and from within your application open the pdf template.
If prompted by your application be sure that you open at 300 pixels per inch in the correct colour mode, never work in RGB colour mode.
Lock the template and keep it visible as a background layer.
Overlay your design and text layers checking that all text falls within the permitted areas.
For paper parts designs ensure you provide a 3mm bleed where indicated on the template.
On body designs do not require bleed.
Convert all text to outlines/paths where possible.
For on body designs hide any template layers before saving.
For paper parts designs leave template layers visible as the background before saving.
Ensure no template grid markings are visible through your artwork.
Save or output your design as PDF at “high quality print” setting
Provide a printed content proof if possible.

Artwork Design Amendments

If we receive designs that are not to correct specification we may be able to correct the designs. Amendments are charged as follows:
General design amendments: £25 per hour
Convert artwork from RGB to CMYK colour: £5 per file/sheet
Re-size design if possible: £5 per template page
Add artwork to correct template: £5 per design file
Generate and add barcode to a design: £15

3mm Bleed!

For all paper parts artwork please ensure that you include a 3mm bleed as clearly indicated by the red dotted line on the template. Your designs should be the exact size as indicated on the template plus an extra 3mm bleed on all trimmed edges. If there is no 3mm bleed on your artwork we cannot proceed with your order! Re-submission of your artwork will inevitably lead to delays and possible extra charges.

Proofs

Once we have received suitable artwork we will process your order and produce a set of proofs.

All artwork must be approved before we can proceed to production.
You can chose to receive email PDF proofs or hard copy printed proofs.

Email PDF Proofs are the fastest way to approve your artwork but approval is given on the understanding that there may be slight colour variance between how your artwork is displayed on a RGB computer monitor and the final CMYK printed matter.

Colour Acurate Hard Copy Proofs are available at £50 per A3 sheet. These proofs can be useful for hyper critical colour artwork proofing. These proofs can be obtained from our printers and turnaround of proofing is usually around 6-7 working days.

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