Ephemera Support

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Submitting Artwork
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. Download Artwork Size
Artwork Examples
Download the artwork examples below. These will show you how your designs should be set up with the cut marks and bleed included.
Download Artwork Sizes & Templates
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 Area
Artwork Features
White Border
Bleed

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 the artwork template is a blank file sized correctly to the required size)
The largest size you can have for an individual element on your design is 150mm wide Artwork Templates
400 x 275mm
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.
If you are using custom fonts please ensure that you send the fonts or embed as outlines within the file.
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.
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.
Smallest Element
Please ensure that there is a 4mm separation between the cut lines Largest Element
The smallest size you can have for an individual element on your design is 10 x 10mm Help you understand us 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
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.
Minimum Separatation
Print File
Registration marks are used in order to align your files so the cutting matches the print files to provide an accurate cut.
Cut Lines
The print file is the artwork which contains the designs. This is the file we will use to print your ephemera.
Registration Marks
Cut lines is the lines where the designs will be cut to from the individual elements.
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.
Once you have submitted your artwork please allow up to 48 hours while your artwork is being processed, checked and a test is carried out to ensure the files are suitable for production. Email confirmation will follow once the artwork has been approved by our in house artwork team. Changes to 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.
Approval Process
If at any point you wish to make changes to your designs these must be sent in writing via email to our Artwork Team. Please make it clear what changes are to be made to prevent delay or changes being processed incorrectly. The artwork department will then amend your files and send you email confirmation.

Slide Please supply your Colour Ref on sending inserts to ensure we match your colours.
Accepted File Formats
Below is a list of the insert sizes to accomodate 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. A6 Insert Layout Example
Insert Templates
Blank Ai, Png, Tiff and PSD files sized to the correct size in order to set up your inserts. A6 Insert Sizes & Templates
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.
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.
Black & White
Insert Features
3mm bleed on all sides
Your insert files need to meet the following specifications
A visual guide of how to layout your insert
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
Submitting Inserts Please send all inserts to artwork@photocentric.co.uk.
Ensure the insert artwork is sent as an attachment and not embeded into the body of the email as this causes the resolution to be lost.
Colour Ref
Colour Mode
We accept the below colour modes for inserts. Resolution minimum
300dpi
CMYK
RGB
Help you understand us Insert Below is a guide to our terminology we use when working with your inserts to help you understand each stage of the insert process.
This is the printed backing card which can be packed in with your stamps. 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.
All our stamps are packed into crystal clear self-seal bags, which are ideal for protecting and displaying your stamp sets. They even come with a hanging slot at the top for hanging display in stores. Clear Bags

Slide 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. Shipping Despatch Date Delivery Time Express Delivery Express Production At various times throughout the year, 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. This is how long we estimate it will take to produce and get your order ready to despatch to you. Production Time This is how long 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. This is the date your order is estimated to despatch, not the date it will be delivered to you. You will recieve this information once your order is scheduled. Below is a guide to our terminology we use when processing your orders, to help you understand each stage of the despatch process.