File Specifications

Express-online file specifications
Ensure your artwork obeys our Standard Document Sizes. These can be downloaded here.

Before sending your artwork please read the following print specifications:
Ensure your artwork is in Adobe PDF format.
For Adobe PDF files, ensure all fonts and images are embedded. Save the files as High Quality Print or Press Quality.
If you don’t have Adobe Acrobat you can convert your files to PDF at: This application is simple to use and completely free.


Add a 3mm bleed to your design and ensure this is included into the PDF.
(Bleed is an additional space that borders your pages and will be removed after printing is completed).


Add crop marks when you export your document to a PDF format.


All file formats must have a minimum of 300 dpi resolution.
Print images need to be created at 300 dpi or there will be a substantial drop in the image quality.


All colour artwork and/or images must be provided in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) color mode.
All black & white artworks and/or images must be provided in grayscale colour mode.


Please ensure your PDF is single pages (NOT facing pages) when this is exported from InDesign.
Booklet document pages need to be in multiples of 4. This is so there is an even number of pages and a booklet can be compiled. If it is not divisible by 4, the document cannot be turned into a booklet.

For example: A 36 page document will become 9 pages double sided or an 18 page booklet when completed.


You can upload your artwork by clicking ‘Choose File’ on the Order Form and submitting it with your completed form.
Alternately, you can email your print ready PDF file (up to 10mb) here by mailing: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please ensure your company name is in the subject of your email.
In the email please Complete the following:
Final size of the file
Quantity required
When it is required by

For Example:

Subject: Joe Blogs Contracting Business Card Print

Email Copy:
Business card: 90 mm x 55 mm
Quantity: 500
Required by: Friday 20th June 2013

Also please remember to back up your design on your hard drive. We cannot be held responsible for artwork lost in transit. Thank you.

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