Artwork Guide

Sending your files to BML Print is very easy. Its can be simply uploaded once a product is added to your basket. We accept large files up to 2GB in size using many methods (depending on the upload capacity of your internet connection). To reduce file sizes we recommend compressing your files into a zip file before uploading.

1.) You can email (smaller files) directly –

2.) larger files we recommend using our file transfer accounts.

Dont forget to add Bleed!
The most common mistake in supplying artwork is missing off the bleed area. Its not difficult and can save you valuable time.

We require all artwork to include a bleed area to allow for the tolerance of our guillotines. We recommend that all elements in your artwork intended to go to the very edge of your finished job should extend a further 3mm beyond the edge.

A safe zone of 5mm around the edge should be included in your finished page size for text or images not included in the bleed. This will avoid text being cut off.

Bleed areas can be set/added in design software such as Adobe Indesign and Illustrator in the document setup but remember to include this bleed area when saving your pdf file!

For paper and document sizes please see our supplying artwork section (Above)

Please ensure that all colours and embedded images are saved using a CMYK colour profile. While RGB images look good on your screen, they will alter significantly when printed out at CMYK, make sure to design and look at your design in CMYK colours before sending it to print. This way you get no surprise’s only top quality print from us.

Colour Matching can be done, but must be brought to our attention at the ordering
stage. Hard Copies must be supplied before any printing can begin. This way
the colour matching is 100% correct and just like the colour of the hard copy that has been supplied.


Please always supply us with fonts used in your documents, specially if its something special or custom that you have obtained. We have an extensive font collection, but ask all supplied artwork text is converted to outlines. We want to guarantee that when opening our document nothing changes placement or changes remotely.

To outline fonts in Adobe Illustrator,  select all the elements in your document: Select -> All and then to outline the fonts: Type -> Create Outlines.

Supplied images must be at least 300dpi and saved as CMYK in order for us to print to the highest level. Remember image sources on the internet tend to be 72dpi and RGB which are too low in resolution for printing. Re-sampling an image from 72dpi to 300dpi will not solve the problem and still not be print quality.

We understand at Manchester Printers that its not always possible to deliver 300dpi high resoultion images, but ask you understand that we can not make the images better on production and we can only work with the images you supply us. See image below to see the difference between a 300dpi image and a low resolution 72dpi image.
For questions on this feel free to call us on: 01794 518518


We recommend all artwork to be supplied in press(high) quality PDF format with all fonts either embedded or outlined. We are able to accept the following file formats for print:

Adobe PDF, Encapsulated Postscript, Adobe Photoshop
Adobe Illustrator, JPG, TIFF and PNG Images and Microsoft Word.

See our page dimensions on the suppling artwork section to make sure your image is set to the right size. Hopefully before you start creating your document.


We supply each client with low resolution digital proofs in pdf format, as well as High resolution digital proofs available on request for every job we process.

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