We have prepared the following guide to assist you with your electronic file preparation and submission. If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide, or have other questions, please feel free to contact us. Improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing. Please also refer to the FAQs where this information also appears with additional guides.

Print Ready File Specifications
 
Print File Specifications 1: Offset Printing, Digital Transfer Printing
1.File sizes need to be exact – as specified in the template (trimmed size + bleed size):
Do not put a white border or trim marks on files. For example, do not create a business card on an A4 page. Make the page/file size the same size as specified in the template. If the job including bleed is 94mm x 59mm, your page/file size needs to be exactly this;
2.Do not include crop marks – follow the print zone, safe zone and bleed requirements and specifications for each job;
3.Only contain colours, images and photographs in CMYK– no RGB, PMS, Pantone, RGB, LAB colours;
4.Where using black, in particular blocks or large areas, set this to rich black, C40, M40, Y40, K100;
5.Create a high resolution, editable PDF to upload;
6.When creating your PDF file, have all colour profiles and links embedded;
7.Have all fonts converted to curves or outlines;
8.Resolution for your content minimum dpi with no compression: 
  • Contain images that are dpi at 100% sizing;
  • Rasterised text or logos should be 1200 dpi;
  • Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi;
  • Photographs at least dpi for small jobs and 600-1200dpi for larger jobs.
9.Remove all layers from templates before uploading the file;
 
 
Print File Specifications 2: Wide Format Printing, Fabric Dye-Sublimation
1. Files need to be correctly sized to the job specifications. Depending on the job requirements, cut-contour lines, bleed, keyline outlines or step and repeat layout may be required. Please check before submitting artwork.
2.Export your file into an editable, high resolution PDF (Portable Document File) or EPS (Encapsulated Post Script). These file formats are universal file formats, which help to ensure compatibility with our systems. Other file formats we can accept are high resolution from vector files: JPEG, TIFF, AI, PSD, CDR. Where there is pixilation, low resolution, import incompatibilities or additional set-up required, then set-up fees may apply. We do not accept the following file formats:  Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) & Works (WPS), Microsoft Publisher, GIF, BMP, PNG, SVG, PICT, MIX & PCX, Visio. 
3.File sizes need to be exact to the application needed. A separate document showing the layup of the artwork against the item it is to be applied to (ie a car wrap) is required. Mockups are not suitable for artwork. A specific site or vehicle measure is required by who prepares the artwork, which is then completed to suit both the application and the media width for printing. 
4.Electronic artwork supplied using incorrect file formats or construction methods will be returned to the customer for correction.
5.Only contain colours, images and photographs in CMYK– no RGB, PMS, Pantone, RGB, LAB colours. For photos, submit the high resolution unmodified images to us (ideally in RAW format);
6.Where using black, in particular blocks or large areas, set this to rich black, C40, M40, Y40, K100;
7.Create a high resolution, editable PDF to upload;
8.When creating your PDF file, have all colour profiles and links embedded;
9.Have all fonts converted to curves or outlines;
10.Resolution for your content minimum dpi with no compression: 
  • Logos must be fully editable vector graphics;
  • Contain images that are dpi at 100% sizing;
  • Rasterised text or logos should be 1200 dpi;
  • Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi;
  • Photographs at least dpi for small jobs and 600-1200dpi for larger jobs.
11.Remove all layers from templates before uploading the file;
12.All files must be named clearly ie YOURNAME_AFRAME_DATE02032018.pdf
13.These files tend to be very large files, use our “Large File Upload” on the site, and email us to let you know.
 
 
Print File Specifications 3:  Screenprinting, Laser Engraving or Pad Printed Jobs
File sizes need to be exact – as specified in the template or maximum print area to the imprint area allocated to that particular product;
1.Confirm and include the placement position in the file;
2.Colour up artwork to the pantone colours to be printed – no CMYK, RGB, RGB, LAB colours. Artwork created to CMYK will not be colour matched;
3.Gradients and percentages of colour cannot be screenprinted, engraved or pad printed. Where a logo has percentages of colour, a solid pantone colour must be assigned to each percentage. Edit artwork to a flat image to suit. Logos for engraving to be supplied as solid black (this will be the ‘engrave’).
4.All artwork for screenprinting, engraving or pad printing must be fully editable vector graphics (.ai or .eps files). JPEG or other file formats are not suitable. 
5.Create a high resolution, editable PDF to upload;
6.Have all fonts converted to curves or outlines;
7.Resolution for your content minimum dpi with no compression: 
  • Contain images that are dpi at 100% sizing;
  • Rasterised text or logos should be 1200 dpi;
8.Remove all layers from templates before uploading the file;
9.All fonts must be embedded or outlined;
10.All files must be named clearly ie YOURNAME_WATERBOTTLE_DATE02032018.pdf
 
 
Print File Specifications 4: Embroidery
 While some jobs may need special graphics, following artwork specifications satisfies most of embroidery jobs we do for our clients.
Digitising is the most important part for creating high quality Custom Embroidery. Embroidery digitizing or coding, originally referred to as "punching", is the art of creating embroidery "stitches" from text or printed graphic art. Digitising creates instructions allowing a logo to be stitched on an embroidery machine. To prepare your artwork:-
1.File sizes need to be exact – as specified in the template or maximum print area to the imprint area allocated to that particular product;
2.Confirm and include the placement position in the file;
3.Colour up artwork to be easily converted to a stitch colour;
4.Gradients and percentages of colour cannot be embroidered. Where a logo has percentages of colour, a solid colour must be assigned to each percentage. Edit artwork to a flat image to suit. 
5.All artwork for embroidery can include high resolution jpeg files.
6.Create a high resolution, editable PDF to upload;
7.Have all fonts converted to curves or outlines;
8.Resolution for your content minimum dpi with no compression: 
  • Contain images that are dpi at 100% sizing;
  • Rasterised text or logos should be 350 dpi;
  • Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi;
9.Remove all layers from templates before uploading the file;
10.All files must be named clearly ie YOURNAME_AFRAME_DATE02032018.pdf
 
 
Automatic Processing of Your Print Files and Support Options
If you supply your own file we will print it!  Client supplied files are automatically processed. We do not individually check all supplied files, but use automated processes. Supplied RGB and Pantone files are automatically converted to CMYK using fixed values. 
 
The quality of the print job is always the same – high quality. The printing will be fabulous – that’s our part. But the finish, look and impact is determined by who prepares the artwork and will come down to your creativity, skill and how and what you build your file with (ie what images you include). If you do not have the correct software or technical ability to upload correctly prepared PDF files for offset or wide format printing, then the quality of the job will directly reflect the quality of the file submitted. 
 
If you are not 100% sure on how to set up the file, or to create the exact colours you want (or what the print specifications mean or directions for extras set out in the FAQs), we highly recommended using our ‘engage a designer’ service. 
 
All supplied artwork remains the responsibility of the customer. Big Bold Branding will not accept responsibility for out-of-specs artworks or errors on your end. For our design team to do corrections on your file, design charges will apply. In the end, you choose – design your own, or engage a designer.
 
Quick Check My File Option
We have provided an option when uploading your file to quickly check your file. We do not review your file in detail in this instance. We are quickly checking the layout to ensure there is no obvious problem and may tweak it slightly if needed (for example, moving a name sitting in the non-safe zone or bleed zone and might be trimmed off accidently). We do not do any quality improvements or create the file to the correct template size.
 
Make My File Print Ready Option
We have provided an option when uploading your file to make my file print ready. In this instance, we offer to check over your file and do minor tweaks to the artwork including setting up the file for the correct template, safe zones and bleed zones. We do not do any quality improvements to your artwork.  If major work is needed, it will be referred back to you with advice. This option is not the alternative to submit a poor quality file and ask us to improve it. For that, you would need to engage a designer.
 
Engage a Designer
We know printing. We’ve been doing this for over 40 years and have qualified graphic designers on our team. You only get one chance to make a great first impression, so if something is crucial to your success, look at the option of engaging a qualified designer. In our view, it is not expensive but an essential investment, as simply, we’re fast and good (did we say we’ve been doing this for 40 years), and you reap the benefit of this experience and guidance offered.
 
 
Please refer to the FAQ'S for further information and additional specifications if you are wanting 'extras' on your job like embossing, UV spot printing-matt/gloss cello printing, die-cutting or shape cutting (cut-contour) settings.