Design Tips

To help you get the best print quality from your artwork, we have put together the following tips to help you out with the technical side of things.

Our print presses print on paper that is slightly larger than the standard A3 & A4 sizes that most consumers are used to. Because of this, design files should include bleed and crop marks to ensure there is no unwanted white border on your print. Please refer to the image below for information on bleed and trim marks.

To maintain the security of our website, we have decided to no longer allow any large file uploads directly to our site. If your files are too large to email directly to us, you can use our Google Upload Form instead.

Print-Ready Files

All print-ready files will be printed as supplied. Ensure your files are flattened @ 300ppi CMYK & checked, as Copyland will not take responsibility for printing variations resulting from the quality of the file supplied.

Check Your Colours

Screen colours (RGB) are not the same as printed colours (CMYK) and are only approximates. Colours look different on different monitors, and different again to what is actually printed. Please let us know if you require a hard copy proof.

File Formats

Where possible, always supply PDF (Portable Document Format) files. PDFs freeze formatting and embed fonts within the document, so PDF has the best chance of printing correctly.

Print Quality

We print to high industry standards, but if your files are too dark/light or low resolution, they will print poorly. This is beyond our control if we haven't designed the files for you.

Professional Software

Software such as MS Word, Publisher, etc. can’t deliver professional results. Excel is made for spreadsheets, PowerPoint is made for slideshows; neither are made for printing. If you must use any of these, we suggest you get a hard copy proof to ensure the output will be as you expect.

Bleed & Crop Marks

For best results, use professional vector-based software like Adobe Illustrator, Coreldraw or similar. If your print goes right to the edge of the page, please supply the file with bleed and crop marks.

Important for Canva users:

There are two important steps that you will need to follow when using Canva to create your own designs.

  1. Ensure that you have enabled the ‘Show Print Bleed’ function in the File menu.
  2. If your design has colour blocks or images running all the way to the edge of the page, ensure you place them in the bleed area that you have just enabled.
  3. When you’re finished creating your masterpiece, export your design as a High-Quality Print PDF and remember to tick the ‘Crop Marks and Bleed’ option.

Visual Guide to Bleed and Trim Marks