Printing Tips: Rather than highlighting specific issues related to printing, we are offering some tips which can help you get the most out of your printing. Designing for print is as much an art as a science, so don’t feel that you should be too constricted by guidelines, but they will help you to get […]

For most companies any form of colour printing in-house for either personal or business organisations can be not only pricey but can only provide amateurish results. In particular if even duplicates are required then before you know it the ink cartridge will be run down and can cost a small fortune to replace. This frustration […]

UCR and GCR are the two industry standard black ink methods used for CMYK or full colour printing. UCR is short for Under Colour Removal. UCR separations use the K (or key colour black) ink only for neutral or near-neutral colours. This is generally the method used by most newspapers and printed magazines. The K […]

If you’re creating artwork for print, you’ll only get decent results if you’ve got a basic understanding of image resolution. Don’t worry, it’s actually quite a simple concept – nowhere near as complex as some people seem to think. So stick with me here, I’m going to try to make this as painless as possible…??What […]

If your document has the correct 3mm bleed then it will show as it is seen past the crop marks. With a minimum of 3mm bleed allows us to ‘trim to colour which avoids any white ‘slithers’ which may appear when the items are guillotined after printing. See here how the document looks with ‘crop […]


If you are considering printing a brochure or booklet with multiple pages, then you may be required to supply your artwork in printers pairs. An easy way to explain this is to make a paper mock-up or your booklet which will help identify the pages which need to sit next to each other once the […]

Colour has another role that doesn’t rely on its symbolic associations, and this is in the field of information, where its use is as a means of making information clear and legible. In this area the originality of the idea takes second place to the visibility and immediate readability of the message. Fire brigades use […]

Spot Colour is used by actually mixing ink to the desired colour rather than using the CMYK process to achieve it. The printer will mix varying amounts of colour to reach the correct consistency and then this is printed directly onto the document. Its not un-common to see a ‘full colour’ print job having an […]

What is CMYK or Process Color? CMYK or Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black are used in the industry standard colour mixing techniques to achieve full colour printing of just about everything from A5 Leaflets and flyers, to full colour brochures and newspapers. Have you ever noticed on the back of a newspaper that there are […]

When artwork is created and made ‘print ready’ in almost all cases bleed is required. This is an additional area added (normally 3mm on all edges) to the finished size of your document. It allows either the finishers or even the guy who guillotines the final job down to size when its completed, a little […]