Artwork Guidelines

Getting it right...

The following guide gives you step by step information on how to prepare your artwork and help you get the best print results for your disc and packaging.

Please take time to read each section before uploading as incorrectly prepared artwork may cause delays.

Artwork Guidelines Summary
  • CMYK colour mode
  • Minimum resolution 300DPI
  • Text converted to outlines (not necessary if using PSD templates)
  • Avoid text smaller than 6pt
  • Avoid text or graphics closer than 3mm to die cut edges
  • 3mm bleed for packaging & paper parts
  • Do not delete template layers or flatten template layers into your artwork
  • Do not merge or crop your on-body disc artwork with the mask layers in the template
  • Templates

    All of our disc, packaging and paper parts have their own design templates. These templates can be downloaded from the templates section of our website. The easiest way to find the correct templates for your order is to follow the link from your quote email which will take you to a page that lists only the relevant templates to your specific order.

  • Design Software

    Disc Factory provides PDF and PSD Templates that can be directly opened or imported into your preferred graphics design program. Each software program has a slightly different method of opening / importing these files. Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, Quark Xpress and CorelDRAW are the most commonly used graphic design programs. For more information please see our Working with Templates page.

  • Layers

    When designing your artwork please do not move or adjust the template layers. Do not flatten or merge the template layers with your artwork. When saving your final artwork simply move the template layers to the bottom level or turn them off. Please do not delete the template layers.

  • Bleed

    It’s very important that your artwork includes 3mm Bleed. (All of our templates include a pink dotted bleed line as a guide when designing your artwork).

    The term bleed is used to describe part of the design that goes beyond the trim edge. After your packaging and paper parts have been printed they will be trimmed to size and the bleed gives the trimming some room for error so you don’t get white gaps at the edge of your finished product.

    You should also be aware of the printing safe area. When designing your artwork you should avoid placing any text or logos closer than 3mm to the edge.

  • Fonts

    Please ensure all text layers are converted to outlines before saving you artwork. (Alternatively please upload fonts with your artwork so if we need to make any amends we can edit your files.) (If you are using our PSD templates you can leave text layers intact because Photoshop will save a rasterized version of each text layer if the font data is not available.)

    All text used in your design should be no smaller than 6pt size and graphics and text should be no closer than 3mm to the edge of the disc/packaging.

  • Resolution

    All your images and graphics should be 300 dpi (Print Resolution). Using photos and logos from the web that are 72 dpi (Screen/Web Resolution) and scaling them up to fit in your 300 dpi artwork will produce poor results when printed.

  • Linked Files

    Try to avoid using linked assets in your artwork and ensure everything is embedded in the final file. If you do have linked images please upload these along with your artwork.

  • Sending Artwork

    The easiest way to send us your artwork is to follow the link from your quote email which will take you to our upload page. From there you can select your files and they will be uploaded and automatically allocated a folder on our server which will be referenced with you Quote ID Number.

  • Proofs

    Please be aware that processing your artwork and providing proofs takes time and that our approval process exists as a technical formality to ensure we have processed your artwork correctly. The approval process should not be seen as a last chance to check spelling or grammar and any artwork changes at this stage in production will certainly add to the turnaround time and will incur additional costs. Please ensure the artwork you supply is correct and has already been signed-off by the relevant members of you and/or your client’s team.

    After we have received your artwork files and they have been processed we will send you back screen resolution JPEG proofs which will be layout accurate (meaning you can check everything looks correct and is in the right place) the jpeg proofs cannot be used for colour matching purposes.

  • Colour Matching

    It is impossible to guarantee that your printouts, or the colours represented on your monitor screen, will be accurately reproduced when we print your order. Variations within brightness and contrast settings on a monitor and differences in printer calibration are all significant factors affecting colour representation.

    If you have a hard copy sample that you wish to send us as a reference we will attempt to adjust our colour profiles and printer settings to match this as accurately as possible and provide you with a hard copy proof, however this will incur a charge.

    You should also be aware that using the same colours or images for the disc as the packaging or paper parts will probably not match due to the variance in printing to card, paper and plastic as well as the different digital, thermal and inkjet printing methods used in such applications.

    If an exact colour match is important across different media types it would be better to change either your disc or packaging design to use different images or perhaps contrasting or complimentary colours to prevent such colour match issues.

  • Colour Mode

    Our template files are saved in CMYK colour mode. You need to insure all images and graphics are CMYK as we will convert any RGB images to CMYK for printing. This will result in colour shifts so it is advised that you make this change on your own computer so you can see the desired effect.