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What is a Print Ready File?

When submitting your artwork to Devon Print you will be required to submit a print ready file. A print ready file is one that is ready to be sent straight to the necessary printer. The file itself will contain all the information required that enables it to print. The most popular print ready files that we receive are Portable Document Format files (PDF’s). This type of file is best for a printer as it displays what the final artwork will look like on paper, not on the screen. Source files (Saved Software files) on the other hand cannot be read by printers as they are unable to translate what should be printed and how.

What type of files do we accept?

PDF EPS (CS5 and below) – for contour cut vinyl only AI (CS5 and below) – for contour cut vinyl only TIFF (flattened) JPEG All artwork must be supplied: • with 3mm Bleed • With crop marks • With each artwork as a seperate file or page • At least 300DPI • At the correct height/width proportions • In CMYK colour mode • With any images embedded • With fonts embedded (PDF), or converted to outlines (EPS, AI) If there are multiple page sizes, each size will need to be in its own file


If your artwork has transparencies, please ensure they are flattened before you send them to us.A classic example of a transparency is a drop shadow around an object or an opacity setting of less than 100%. Most problems occur when submitting designs created in the Microsoft office suit. However, illustrator files do not always handle transparencies for print particularly well. The flattening process can be handled within illustrator or Photoshop (but not within Microsoft Office).


Do not use RGB colours in full colour jobs as the result in colour may not be as expected once converted to CMYK for print.

What is Bleed?

When forwarding your files to any printer, you’re more than likely to be asked that they have bleed on them. The term bleed is used for all objects overlapping the border of your document. When supplying the printer with your artwork, it should be slightly larger than the size you actually want it to be printed. The bleed on the document allows some room for error e.g. The trimming machine may be set up incorrectly. There are many factors that could cause the cropping process to go wrong but by including bleed, the images will be neatly aligned to the sides of the final artwork once printed.