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Please ensure all artwork for print is supplied in line with these specifications. Artwork received that is not in line with these specifications may be subject to amend charges. Space Outdoors cannot accept responsibility for print errors or late deliveries where artwork has been supplied incorrectly.


All artwork must include a 3mm bleed on all sides, all text and images should be at least a further 5cm from the crop guides, this is because viewing can only be accurate to about 3cm when fitting small items like 6 sheets. The easiest way of thinking of this if you are uncertain, is to ensure the background image goes right to the edge of the file and that all text, logos, etc are at least 8cm from the edges. To ensure correct printing, an appropriate border will be added to all artwork supplied without correct bleeds.

All non-vector artwork should be supplied at a minimum of 300DPI. Any artwork supplied lower than 300DPI will print blurred. EPS and Illustrator files should have the final output set to 2540. PDF's should be set as follows; overall resolution of 2540, individual line art resolution of 1200DPI and individual bitmap resolution of 300DPI.

Unless specified all colour printing is full colour and should be completed and saved in CMYK process, Space Outdoors cannot take responsibility for any unexpected results experienced from artwork supplied in non-CMYK colours. Please delete all unused colour swatches from the colour palettes. Do not use Pantone or similar colours unless pre-arranged for specialist jobs.

All fonts used should be embedded (PDF's) or converted to outlines (EPS, Illustrator). We can accept Mac fonts for Mac generated artwork but cannot accept any artwork that requires PC fonts. If Mac fonts are supplied, please ensure all and only the correct fonts are supplied, including both the postscript (printer) and screen fonts.

If using the transparency functions in Illustrator and Freehand generated files transparencies must be flattened and the files then converted to PDF or bitmap (TIFF or JPEG) before supplying. Transparency in vector programs is still in its infancy and Space Outdoors  can not accept any responsibility for any unwanted results if this is not done.

Please ensure that no elements of the design are set to overprint unless specifically required. We cannot always check for this and it is likely to generate unexpected results.

You should not change imposed picture sizes in Quark, the files should be re-sized in Photoshop / Illustrator and then imposed at their full size. You should also not use the text display attributes (Bold, Italic, etc) in Quark, instead use font families with suitable choices. Both these options may not work when the file is ripped and may generate unwanted results.

Please save all Photoshop files as either uncompressed TIFF files or Photoshop EPS files. All Photoshop files must be flattened prior to saving, TIFF files saved with layers or EPS files containing vector information may not work correctly when the file is ripped and may generate unwanted results.

Please convert all files generated in Coreldraw and Corel Photo-paint to bitmap files; (TIFF or JPEG). Saving Coreldraw documents as EPS files is possible but may alter the artwork - if you wish to do this please open the EPS files in Illustrator or Freehand to check they are as expected, or impose in Quark and print a postscript file and again check that they are as expected.

We advise that artwork is generated only in the following design programs; Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark Xpress and Acrobat, Space Outdoors  cannot accept responsibility for any unwanted results from artwork originally generated in any other package (Please see the special note above regarding Corel which it is possible to use). This is especially true of 'office' programs such as Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, etc regardless of what options are available for final saving.

Artwork should be saved in PDF, EPS, TIFF, or JPEG format. Alternatively a Mac generated open application file can be supplied using one of the following applications (and previous versions). Please remember to include all fonts and images required (We cannot accept open PC files):

Adobe Photoshop 7
Adobe Illustrator 10

Files should be supplied uncompressed wherever possible; Stuffit / Drop Stuff may be used to compress files if necessary. Ideally artwork should be supplied on a CD. Artwork may only be emailed if the file size is less than 10 megabytes, please phone to pre-arrange this. All files over 10mb should be sent via dropbox, again please phone first to arrange this.