Artwork Guidelines

Artwork Setup Guidelines

Before submitting artwork, please make sure you have read these guidelines carefully as we cannot accept responsibility for any incorrect printing due to setup / artwork errors.

File Formats

We only accept files in PDF, AI, EPS, JPEG or TIFF Formats
(Tiff files must be flattened)


All Text on files must be created to outlines or converted to curves (or outlines/paths).


All Files must be set to CMYK format.  Please make sure there are no spot colours or pantones in your artwork as this can output unexpected colour results.  As our service is a CMYK 4 colour process we cannot guarantee to match Pantone, Ral or Spot colours.

Colour Profiles

Print files MUST NOT contain ICC colour profiles

Use of Black

If you have files with large amounts of black in the file, we recommend using a rich black which is made up of this CMYK mix  C50 / M50 / Y 50/ K100.  This gives the print a deeper colour as sometimes using just black the image can look grainy and  ‘washed out’


Overprints MUST NOT be used in files.


If your artwork is set to a scale i.e.: 1:2 (50%), 1:5 (20%), 1:10 (10%) please make sure you inform us of this in the Order Notes box at Checkout.


All images must be embedded into the document.


Each design must be saved as a separate file or on a separate page in a multi-page file


The orientation of the print file must match the orientation on the order

Resolution (DPI)

Please make sure that you save your file to the DPI Guidelines below
(In case of scaled files i.e.: if your file is set at 1:10 (10%) scale then the DPI must be x10 times higher to compensate)
Vinyls, Static cling, Posters, Small stickers, Window decals
Upto A4 Size    300dpi
Over A3 Size    150dpi
Banners, Foamex, Dibond, Correx, Contravision
Upto 2 m sq    120dpi
2-5 m sq        100dpi
5-25 m sq    80dpi
25-50 m sq    50dpi
Over 50 m sq    30dpi

Bleed & Crop Marks

Please supply all files with 5mm bleed all round.  Please don’t save the files with crop marks.  On banners please remember to leave clear area all around of 4cm so not to conflict with the position of the eyelets.

For Banner Pole Pockets, please refer to our Pole Pocket Guide here.

Cut to shape

In case of an artwork being cut to shape, we require a contour cut supplied in a separate layer on an artwork file. The cut line should be a contrasting stroke colour to the artwork and clearly named in an individual layer ‘CutContour’.

Please note

We cannot be held responsible for any spelling errors / typos / incorrect telephone numbers, or improper setup of artwork files supplied to us.  If we believe that a file is incorrect before production we will contact you and request a new file.  We may refuse to accept files not suitably prepared for print.  Any additional operations aimed at correcting files to the above guidelines and all changes made by Signs Posters Banners upon the request of the customer shall be treated as an additional service and may incur an extra surcharge.