Supplying Files

Please ensure all artwork is supplied in line with these specifications. Artwork received that is not in line with these specifications may be subject to amendment charges. Exe Valley Design & Print cannot accept responsibility for print errors or late deliveries where artwork has been supplied incorrectly.
If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact us on 01392 426464 or email your query.


  • We can accept files in the majority of commonly used print formats
  • The ideal format is a PDF as this will produce the best representation of your original artwork. Please use the PDF/X-1a option if available
  • Multiple page documents should be supplied as a continuous PDF. Please do not supply reader’s or printer’s spreads
  • We can also accept TIF, EPS, JPG, .AI and other image files
  • Microsoft Office format may not always output as expected therefore convert to PDF before submitting


  • Files should be supplied at print size plus 3mm bleed and crop marks to show the trim area – offset of the crop marks should ideally be 3mm
    It is important that all artwork includes an additional 3mm bleed on all sides, all text and images should be at least a further 3mm in from the crop marks. This is necessary because your job will be printed on an oversize sheet and trimmed down to size. The guillotine, although very accurate, does have a certain tolerance that can result in a thin white line on one or more edges if there is no bleed on the artwork.
  • Print will be produced at the size ordered
    If artwork is supplied at a different size but in the correct proportions, we will resize it and proceed to print. If the artwork supplied does not fit the size ordered we will notify you and await revised artwork, this may affect your delivery date.
  • Please ensure all artwork is centred within the document page


  • All images should be a minimum of 300dpi at final print size
  • Anything lower may appear blocky and text could become illegible once printed.
  • The colour format should be CMYK unless otherwise agreed
    Any files supplied in RGB colour format will be converted to CMYK colours may change quite significantly from how they appear on screen. Any Pantone colours used will be converted to CMYK unless otherwise ordered.
  • All fonts should be embedded or converted to outlines
  • Ideally all artwork should be flattened before submitting.
  • Transparencies can cause issues when processing files for print, especially if spot colours or different colour formats have been combined. Care should be taken that all knockout and overprint setting are left as default otherwise images and text may disappear or change when printed. You can view an overprint preview in Acrobat that may highlight this before submitting your artwork for print


  • Within Acrobat select overprint preview, this will show any potential issues


We are happy to accept email attachments up to 20MB. For larger files please use and add our email address

Please note that we cannot be held responsible for any print errors that are caused by the submission of incorrect artwork. If you would like to see a proof before printing or you have any questions about your artwork, please contact us.

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