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Artwork Preparation Guide

Over the years we have helped thousands of clients produce stunning pieces of artwork for their displays and print. Below you will find our guides to preparing and supplying your own artwork, how to use our design experts to produce artwork for you, and links to our resources and templates. If you have any questions about your artwork please give us a call on 020 8664 5660 or contact us for expert advice.

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How To Prepare Print Ready Artwork

After you have placed your order you will receive an e-mail, which will include a link to our secure file upload facility, along with detailed instructions and guidelines on supplying your artwork to us.
We have outlined the important aspects of your artwork below along with useful links to guides and resources, helping you to get the most out of your design.

Free Artwork Check

Before we go to print, we will carry out a free technical check on your artwork. If there are any issues, we will contact you to let you know what needs to be changed.

What's Included
File format
File size
What's Not Included
Spelling and Grammar Mistakes

Please ensure that your artwork meets our specifications. We cannot be held responsible for errors that occur from supplied artwork that does not meet our specification. If you need any help to determine if your artwork is ready for print please call us on 020 8664 5660 or email sales@discountdisplays.co.uk and we will be happy to help.


If you are providing print ready artwork, we do not provide a proof as standard, which enables us to get your print to you quicker. If you require a proof please get in touch with us to discuss. We do provide a free technical file check as standard, as outlined above.
We can provide a machine print proof for the extra cost of £25 plus delivery. This involves printing an A3 proof on the machine that will be used to produce your final print. This will give you an accurate representation of colour. If you are using our design service, we do send out a PDF proof, which is an accurate representation of content and positioning. It is not an exact indicator of the final colour due to the limitations of screens.
Quoted delivery dates for print are from approval of artwork, so please bear in mind that requesting a proof may delay the delivery date of your product.


After you have placed your order a provisional despatch and delivery date will be sent to you via email.
Our standard delivery time for printed products is 2-5 working days after artwork has been approved for print. If you have a specific deadline, please contact us to ensure we can meet this.
Please check that your artwork meets the guidelines above to prevent any delays in approval.

Colour Matching

Our printers and media are of the highest standard and are carefully calibrated to produce vibrant, full colour prints. The process involves CMYK printing and this means it is not always possible to match Pantone colours, but they will be converted to the nearest CMYK equivalent.
If exact colour matching is critical, please send us a physical copy of other printed material, such as a letterhead or brochure, and we will check your file prior to printing. If we cannot achieve a reasonable match we will call you to discuss.
Please send any physical examples to: Discount Displays, 31-35 Wortley Road, Croydon, Surrey, CR0 3EB.

File Formats and Programs

Press or print optimised. Page size must be set to the trim size plus 3mm bleed all around if necessary. Images and graphics must be in CMYK format, not RGB. Please embed any fonts used or convert to outlines.
If you need to convert your file to PDF format, you can use this free online tool: https://www.freepdfconvert.com/

Adobe Illustrator
Include all images used. Convert all fonts to outlines to avoid font conflicts. Page size must be set to the trim size of your job. Bleeds should extend 3mm beyond the page area. Please output your files in EPS format.

Adobe Photoshop
CMYK, 100dpi at full size (400dpi at 1/4 size), flattened, no layers, saved as tiff, eps or jpg.

Quark Express
Include all fonts and images used. Page size must be set to the trim size of your job. Bleeds should extend 3mm beyond the page area.

Adobe InDesign
Include all fonts and images used. Convert fonts to outlines if possible to avoid font conflict.

Microsoft Office Documents
We do not accept Microsoft Office file formats, such as Word or Excel, but you can convert your Microsoft Office documents to PDF format for free at the following site: https://docupub.com/pdfconvert/.

Please output as EPS or print ready PDF where possible. If you need help in determining if your file format is suitable, please call us on 020 8664 5660 or email sales@discountdisplays.co.uk.

We can convert your artwork into a print ready format for a small extra cost - call 020 8664 5660 or email sales@discountdisplays.co.uk to discuss.

Useful Links

Upload Your Artwork
Our Design Services
Product Artwork Templates
Go To Our Artwork Guides and Resource Centre

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