Manuscript Requirements

We accept only the following file formats
  • PDF
  • AI (Adobe Illustrator)
  • PSD (Adobe Photoshop)
  • JPG / JPEG

If your artwork is an MS Office file (DOC, PPT, XLS, Publisher), please convert it to PDF format.

Image Resolution 

  • Minimum 300 DPI, preferably 400 DPI
  • Vector if file is PDF or AI


Image Quality

  • Maximum, please do not compress your artwork


Accepted Fonts

  • Any font is fine so long as your file format is either PSD, PDF, AI or JPG


Manuscript size and bleed requirement


Important! Please read carefully!

Some designers tend to omit the draft dimensions or fail to recognise the importance of error accomodation in designing a manuscript. This can potentially cause a beautiful design to be printed as an end product with serious flaws.

Every different printed content have different requirements regarding dimension and bleed. However, their aim is the same, to overcome shortcomings. Please first take your time to understand the 2 biggest shortcomings in the digital printing process.

 

Shortcoming 1 :

From the left: Original printout, Cutting deviates to left, Cutting deviates downwards

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If you design border/line on the side, an error of 1mm will be very obvious.

If you design border/line on the side, an error of 1mm will be very obvious.

After printing perfectly, error occured whilst cutting. Even though the computer accommodated for 0.01mm bleed, when cutting there might be a tendency for the rotary cutting blade and paper to move - which will result in a 1-2mm error, this has already been minimized by other precautions.

Shortcoming 2 : 

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Digital printing cannot support full-page printing, and will always have a 5mm bleed on printouts. However, if we cut away the 5mm white spaces, it is equal to full-page printing, but on a smaller paper.

To overcome the above mentioned 2 shortcomings,

Method 1 :
Treat the design manuscript like the actual printout, thus not wanting full-page printing, and just leave a 5mm bleed. When the cutting error of 1-2mm occurs, it does not affect the manuscript at all.

Method 2 :
Have the manuscript designed a little larger than actual size, to design "full-page" printing. The background will have a bleed of 2-3mm. The contents and images in the manuscript cannot be close to the border, best 5mm away from the edge of the actual printout. This will result in a beautiful printout that accommodates for cutting error.

So what exactly is “Bleed” ?

To accommodate human error in cutting/other forces in play when cutting, people usually use this method: Have a larger background, and when designing, have an extra 3mm bleed, and contents within this 3mm bleed around the printout are negligible, in other words, it does not matter if the content in the 3mm bleed is kept or cut off.

If you design the artwork with a 3mm outer bleed & an editing area of 5mm safe zone (inner bleed), the final product will match your requirement

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When there is no 3mm outer bleed when designing, no safe zone/ inner bleed within the editing area, either one side will get chopped off, and the other side will get a white border

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A designed manuscript having the same size with actual product is wrong too, i.e. you don't include the 3mm outer bleed. Due to human error, there might be a result in a white border after cutting.

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To summarize, the cutting line refers to the product actual size. Always give a 1-3mm bleed when designing (to accommodate for the machine cutting error). In addition, provide us with a 5mm inner bleed within the editable area so that there is more breathing room for your design.

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Printing colour modes

We support and accept these 4 colour modes:

(I) Black & White , (II) Grayscale, (III) RGB, (IV) CMYK.

However, it is essential for the client to understand that colour on the printout will always deviate from the colour you see on the screen, and that RGB colour and CMYK colour have a little bit of differences.  For RGB converted into CMYK, blue and green will have a tendency to end up in a slightly darker shade.


Limit on amount of black per printout:

It is a little difficult to print a large area of black in digital printing, therefore, any single printouts with black colour in more than 50% of the area would be charged as full colour printing.


Sensitive content:

Other than content that infiltrate laws or invade privacy or contains sexual and violence content, we welcome all other normal manuscripts.