Supplying and preparing files
How you supply your files is very important to getting the best results. At big cat print we accept the following file formats.
- Adobe Acrobat (.pdf) – Preferred File Format – MUST have bleed
- Adobe Illustrator (.eps or .ai) – Fonts MUST be outlined
- Adobe Indesign (.indd) – MUST be packaged with all fonts and links
- Adobe Photoshop (.tiff) – MUST have bleed
All files including links and logos must be HR (High Resolution)
We DO NOT accept the following:*
- Word Documents (.doc .docx)
- Publisher Documets (.pub)
- Powerpoint (.ppx)
- Jpegs (Unless its a photo and it needs to be HR i.e. 300DPI)
- Pngs (.png)
* If you supply us with a file format other than our preferred please be aware that the formatting of your document might change or you might be charged an artwork fee for us to set it up correctly. You can export from Microsoft applications to a pdf. This varies depending on the version you have but all should be able to do it.
- A0 841mm X 1189mm
- A1 594mm X 841mm
- A2 420mm X 594mm
- A3 297mm X 420mm
- A4 210mm X 297mm
- A5 148mm X 210mm
- A6 105mm X 148mm
- A7 74mm X 105mm
- A8 52mm X 74mm
- DL 99mm X 210mm
- Postcard 105mm X 148mm
- Business card 99mm X 55mm
- letterhead 210mm X 297mm
Why is paper sizing important?
Understanding paper sizes is essential in getting the best price for your product.
Many digital printers for example print on SRA3 this is a paper that is 450mm x 320mm. This is a paper size that allows anything A3 and smaller to be ran including bleed and trims fitting as many individual documents into a page for example. A4 x 2up, A5 x 4up. If you have a document outside of these sizing conventions it may mean you will only be able to get 1up not only using more paper which equals greater cost but also wasting paper.
Bleed refers to the printing that goes beyond the edge of a printed size before it is trimmed or cut. Without bleed you will most likely get a white border around your art.
Trims refer to the final size of a printed page after the bleed has been cute off. Trim or Crop marks indicate where the cuts are to be made once the product is printed.