Artwork sizes & templates

Below is the artwork size we offer for ephemera. When designing your artwork please ensure it fits into the below artwork size. You can place your images edge to edge on the page. Artwork templates can be downloaded below.

Artwork Size
400 x 275mm

Artwork layout example

Download the artwork examples below. These will show you how your designs should be set up with the cut marks and bleed included.

Artwork templates

Download the templates below and use this to place your artwork inside to ensure it is the correct size. Ai, CDR and EPS template included. 

(Note template is a blank file sized correctly to your required size)

Artwork features

Your artwork needs to meet the following specifications. We recommend you check your artwork carefully, and order samples prior to placing a full order, as no file will be sent for approval. The cutting lines you send are the lines our laser machine will follow to cut, so ensure you are happy with the positioning and distance from the designs of these lines when submitting your artwork.

Bleed Area

If you have the type of design which allows for a “bleed area”, then please ensure you create a bleed area of 1.5mm beyond your cut line to ensure no white border occurs during cutting.

White Border

If you have a design which cannot accommodate an expanded bleed area, there will instead be a white border. We recommend that the cutting lines be a minimum distance of 1.5mm away from the edge of the design. This space will be the thickness of the white border.

Custom Fonts

If you are using custom fonts please ensure that you send the fonts or embed as outlines within the file.

Minimum Separation

Please ensure that there is a 4mm separation between the cut lines

Smallest Element

The smallest size you can have for an individual element on your design is 10 x 10mm

Largest Element

Please ensure that the dimensions of any single element fit within the dimensions of 150mm (length) by 105mm (width) to ensure packaging fit.

Accepted file formats

Please ensure when sending artwork that the Print and Cut layers are either supplied as separate files or on separate layers within the design file.

Submitting artwork

Please send all artwork to artwork@photocentric.co.uk.
Ensure the artwork is sent as an attachment and not embedded into the body of the email as this causes the resolution to be lost. Your artwork always remains your property and we are dedicated to ensuring your designs remain secure.

If your artwork exceeds the mail size limit then send us a data transfer link. Simply upload your artwork to dropbox, wetransfer or another file sharing service and send the link to artwork@photocentric.co.uk.

Helping you to understand us

Below is a guide to our terminology we use when working with your designs to help you understand each stage of the artwork process.

Bleed

The bleed area around the designs is required to ensure a clean cut so there are no white edges on the individual elements once cut. It is recommended for the bleed to be the same colours extended from the design.

Print File

The print file is the artwork which contains the designs. This is the file we will use to print your ephemera.

Cut Lines

Cut lines is the lines where the designs will be cut to from the individual elements.

Registration Marks

Registration marks are used in order to align your files so the cutting matches the print files to provide an accurate cut.

Insert sizes & templates

Below is a list of the insert sizes to accommodate your ephemera design. Please ensure to add 3mm bleed on each side of the insert. Refer to the Insert examples for more details if needed.

Insert Size

105 x 146mm + 30mm header

Bag Size

110 x 180mm

Insert layout example

A visual guide of how to lay out your insert

Artwork Templates

Ai and PDF files sized to the correct size in order to set up your inserts.

Insert features

Your insert files need to meet the following specifications

Colour mode

We accept the below colour modes for inserts.

Resolution
Minimum 300dpi

Bleed
3mm on all sides

Colour Ref
Supply your Colour Ref to ensure we match your colours.

Black & White

CMYK

RGB

Accepted file formats

Please ensure when sending artwork in PSD, Ai or CDR file format that the files are flattened and there are no layers. If you are using a paid font please ensure to embed this into the document. Alternatively you can supply the font file or export the file to a PDF.

Submitting inserts

Please send all inserts to artwork@photocentric.co.uk. 
Ensure the insert artwork is sent as an attachment and not embedded into the body of the email as this causes the resolution to be lost.

If your insert artwork exceeds the mail size limit then send us a data transfer link. Simply upload your insert artwork to dropbox, wetranfer or another file sharing service and send the link to artwork@photocentric.co.uk

When sending in your inserts please ensure it is clear which insert is for which design. If you can include a guide this will help ensure the correct inserts are printed with the correct designs.

Helping you to understand us

Below is a guide to our terminology we use when working with your designs to help you understand each stage of the artwork process.

Insert

This is the printed backing card which can be packed in with your ephemera. Inserts are printed on 220gsm matt paper.

Bleed

This is an additional 3mm area around all sides of the insert file. This should just be colour or the pattern extended to allow for slight variation when cutting so that the cut is up to the edge of the sheet. Do not include any text in this area.

Clear Bags

All our ephemera are packed into crystal clear self-seal bags, which are ideal for protecting and displaying your ephemera sets. They even come with a hanging slot at the top for hanging display in stores.

Shipping

Below is a guide to our terminology we use when processing your orders, to help you understand each stage of the despatch process.

Delivery Time

Time it takes our courier to deliver to you. If you would prefer to organise your own courier or would like to explore other options, just let us know.

Despatch Date

Date your order is estimated to despatch, not the date it will be delivered to you. You will receive this information once your order is scheduled.

Express Delivery

Depending on your location, we can upgrade your delivery to next working day (outside the UK). Within the UK, and in some locations throughout Europe, a guaranteed morning delivery may also be available.

Express Production

At various times, we offer an express production service, meaning your stamps will be produced in 5 working days. There is a small additional charge for this, but can be a useful option if you find yourself in urgent need of stock unexpectedly.

Production Time

Time we estimate it will take to produce and get your order ready to despatch to you.