Flyers - Guidelines

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Printing to the edge

Our printers do not print to the edge and the flyers will normally have a white border of approx 5mm. If you really must have printing to the edge, then you have two options:

  • finished size smaller than A6 - we can print 4 per A4 sheet as with normal A6 but because of the required bleed and smaller-than-A4 printable area, the end flyer is smaller than A6 (approx 133.5mm x 90mm, although we will attempt to make it slightly bigger if possible).
  • finished size exactly A6 - we can print only 2 per A4 sheet therefore you will pay the printing price for double the number e.g. if you want 500 A6, the price will be that for 1000.

If you want printing to the edge then you must supply suitable artwork i.e. the correct size with a bleed. If you do not do this, then we will not be able to print your job. Please do not simply assume that whatever you produce will be OK.

There will also be a charge made for the additional cutting required on top of the printing price. This is £1 per 100 A6 or A5 or part thereof (£1.00 +VAT for A6 flyers on thick card).

Producing your own artwork

  • These visual guides may help you:
  • A6 is 148.5mm by 105mm. Taking into account the 5mm white border all around, you must produce artwork that is 138.5mm x 95mm otherwise we will have to leave more white space, or stretch or crop the artwork.
  • If you want the small A6 finished size (133.5mm x 90mm) with printing to one or more edges, then you must supply a bleed of 5mm in addition to the flyer therefore your artwork must be 143.5mm x 100mm. Additionally, any text and important elements of the flyer's design must be kept at least 2.5mm inside the finished edge of the flyer. i.e. within an area of 128.5mm x 85mm.
  • If you want full A6 finished size with printing to one or more edges, then you must supply a bleed of 5mm in addition to the flyer therefore your artwork must be 158.5mm x 115mm. Additionally, any text and important elements of the flyer's design must be kept at least 2.5mm inside the finished edge of the flyer. i.e. within an area of 143.5mm x 100mm.
  • If you want small A5 finished size (133.5mm x 190mm) with printing to one or more edges, then you must supply a bleed of 5mm in addition to the flyer therefore your artwork must be 143.5mm x 200mm. Additionally, any text and important elements of the flyer's design must be kept at least 2.5mm inside the finished edge of the flyer. i.e. within an area of 128.5mm x 185mm. [We assume that no-one will want us to print just a single A5 onto A4; if you do, it must be 158.5mm x 220mm inclusive of bleed.]
  • Do not supply artwork with crop marks as this usually causes problems for us.
  • Vector/Non-bitmap Artwork: Vector artwork, as created with programs like Adobe Illustrator and Macromedia FreeHand, generally gives better results than bitmap artwork (e.g. from Adobe Photoshop) especially if the image has to be scaled larger. The best format to supply artwork in is EPS - Encapsulated PostScript, with a Mac preview. If this is not possible, the next best vector format is PDF (Acrobat) as we are (usually) able to convert this to EPS. Ensure all fonts and any graphics are embedded within the EPS or PDF file for maximum compatibility. See this page for an explanation of the two types of file.
  • Bitmap Artwork:If you cannot supply vector artwork, we can also accept a wide range of bitmap formats. Please use a minimum of 300dpi up to a maximum of 600dpi at the actual printed size. For best results, we recommend that you save in a non-lossy format such as TIFF, Adobe PhotoShop or Windows Bitmap rather than JPEG. We can, of course, use JPEG, but you may well get better results from a different bitmap format. N.B. If you use Adobe PhotoShop, please flatten the image before sending it to us.
  • More information on file formats and how to make PDFs for free can be found on our file formats page.
  • We can make flyers from programs such as Word or PowerPoint but bear in mind that we may not have any non-standard fonts that you use.
  • Our prices include a charge of £1 per side to make up a master copy from a single flyer design. If you want to save a pound and make up the master yourself, lay out 4 copies of the flyer on an A4, keeping 5mm away from the outside edge of the A4, and 10mm between each flyer so that when we cut them out you end up with an even 5mm all around. If you want printing to the edge, we must set this up on our template to ensure correct results.
  • We do not recommend that you have a border line as shifting may occur when printed or cut and this line will then be off-centre.

Explanation of bleed

When we print and cut out the flyers, there may be a small amount of shift. To ensure that your background image prints to the edge on every flyer (i.e. no white bits), you need to produce an image that is 10mm larger than the finished flyer. We then cut 5mm off each edge to give you a finished flyer size of either A6 or small A6 (133.5mm x 90mm), or small A5 (133.5mm x 190mm). Any text and important elements of the flyer's design must be kept at least 2.5mm inside the finished edge of the flyer.


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