Artwork Specifications

I want to save some money, can I design my own artwork?

Of course, our professional design fees are very competitive (take a look at our NCR Design Service for further information), however, if you wish to design your own artwork and provide a print ready file then this is fine. Ideally you will need a professional design program such as Adobe Photoshop/Illustrator/InDesign or Corel Draw, however, some other programs such as Microsoft Word/Publisher/Excel are still able to produce files we can work with.

Artwork Guidelines:

Below are the basic requirements that we need from your artwork dependant on the software you are using.

Please Note (IMPORTANT)


Adobe Photoshop (or similar)


Adobe Illustrator/InDesign (or similar)


Microsoft Word/Publisher/Excel (or similar)


Margins for NCR Books, Pads & Sets:

Please allow a 2cm margin within your finished page size for the binding of books, this is the space required for the staples, spine tape and perforation and can be on any edge, we would recommend a 1cm margin within your finished page size on all other edges. NCR Pads and Sets do not require any margin for gluing, although we would recommend a 1cm margin within your finished page size on all edges.

Bleed:

If your design bleeds from the edges of the page then we will require 3mm of bleed on each edge (e.g. A4 with bleed would be 216mm x 303mm). If your design does not bleed from the page, i.e. everything to be printed is within the page size you are ordering, then no bleed is required at all.

Sequential Numbering:

When designing artwork that requires sequential numbering, please use font Arial 18pt as a guide for the amount of room that is required for this. When uploading artwork for your order, please supply 2 files; a visual showing the numbering position for reference and a second print ready file with the numbering removed. See our Video for further information.

Drilled Holes:

Please allow a 2cm margin within your finished page size for drilled holes. See our Video for further information.

I do not have artwork, how much does design cost?

Take a look at our NCR Design Service for further information.




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