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Business Cards FAQs

Q. What is a business card?

 
A. A business card is a small piece of card that displays business contact information about a company or an individual.
 

Q. Why should I have a business card?

 
A. Business cards are a vital part of making a good first impression whether you are at a conference, a networking event or meeting a potential client.
 

Q. What card sizes do you offer for business cards?

 
A. With DigitalPrinting.co.uk you can choose cards sized, 85mm x 55mm, 90mm x 50mm, 90mm x 55mm or 170mm x 55mm folded cards.
 
Please note that folded business cards are supplied creased on the fold line and left flat (unfolded).
 

Q. What styles of business cards do you offer?

 
A. Our style of business cards include rectangular, square, round-cornered and folded.
 

Q. What are the best-selling business card styles?

 
A. Our best-selling high-quality business cards are 85mm x 85mm on 400gsm silk with matt lamination on both sides or 85mm x 55mm on 350gsm premium uncoated stock with no lamination.
 

Q. What is the most popular size for business cards?

 
A. The standard size and most commonly used size in the UK is 85mm x 55mm.
 

Q. What should be on my business card?

 
A. Business cards are part of your introduction to customers, organisations or other people in business, therefore you need to include:
   - Your name
   - Job title
   - Where you work
   - Contact information (phone number/ email address)
 
You also need to consider the design of your business card and make sure that it relates to your brand.
 

Q. What paper options do you offer with business cards?

 
A. Cards can be printed portrait or landscape single-sided or double-sided. 
Select from uncoated paper or a silk or gloss coated paper (a recycled option is available in silk and uncoated).
 

Q. What’s the difference between uncoated. Silk and gloss coated paper for business cards?

 
A. Uncoated paper is more absorbent so the ink sinks in more and appears flat; silk-coated paper has a low sheen and gloss coated paper has a high sheen.
 
Our high-quality business cards are printed on paper grades ranging from 300gsm up to 400gsm silk. Request a sample pack today for high-quality business cards.
 

Q. Can I choose a luxury paper for my business cards?

 
A. When ordering our standard business cards, you can’t opt for luxury paper. However, if you would like to choose a luxury paper for your business card, then you should try our luxury business cards.
 
Sure they cost a tiny bit more (and it really is a tiny bit more per card) but people will notice the difference and as we said making a good first impression is what counts.
 

Q. What finishes do you offer for business cards?

 
A. To further enhance your cards, you can choose whether to have a matt or gloss lamination finish.
 
NOTE: We will always laminate the first page of your uploaded PDF artwork when ‘One Side’ lamination is selected during the quote/online specification process. Please make sure you switch the page order around in your PDF if required before you upload.
 

Q. I’m struggling with the layout of my business card. Do you have any templates that I could download?

 
A. Yes! Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we provide templates in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and PDF formats.
 
 

Q. How do I send my business card document to DigitalPrinting.co.uk?

 
A. Please supply your artwork to us as one Print Ready PDF. If you have any score or fold marks, ensure that they are indicated.
 

Q. Do I need bleed and crop marks for my business card design?

 
A. Yes. You need to allow a 3mm bleed and we recommend at least 3mm safe area.
 
NOTE: Make sure that you extend your background colour into the bleed, otherwise you might end up with a thin white border.
 

Q. How should I supply my text to DigitalPrinting.co.uk?

 
A. To ensure your text looks the best it can be, we ask that all text is kept to a minimum of 7pts to ensure that when it prints it looks legible.
 
Extra care should be taken when supplying a font which is very thin, as due to the digital printing technique each letter is made out of tiny dots, some of which may look very faded if there is not enough ink area within your text.
 
If supplying black text, ensure it is set to 100% black (0/0/0/100) to help ward off any registration issues and give a nice crisp result.
 

Q. Do I need to supply any fonts that I’ve used?

 
A. If you supply us with a Print Ready PDF then the fonts should be embedded. We might need the fonts when supplying files in other formats.
 

Q. Do you offer same-day despatch on business cards?

 
A. Yes. We offer same-day despatch on business cards if the order is placed by 12 noon.

Flat Unfinished Sheets FAQs

Q. What are flat unfinished sheets?

 
A. Flat unfinished sheets are SRA3+ sheets of paper that haven’t been finished for completion. For example, they have not been cut out, making it cheaper to purchase. 
 

Q. What does SRA3+ stand for? 

 
A. SRA3 is the size of paper that we will be printing your work on. SRA stands for “Supplementary Raw Format A” and it’s slightly larger in size compared to a standard A3 sheet.
   - A3= 420mm x 297mm
   - SRA3= 450mm x 320mm 
 

Q. What are flat unfinished sheets used for?

 
A. If you are a trade print customer, or you have your own finishing equipment, you may wish to take advantage of our available capacity to produce untrimmed printed sheets, which you can finish to your own specifications. 
 
For example, you may wish to order business cards printed on flat unfinished sheets and use your own guillotine to cut them to size.  
 

Q. What sheet sizes do you offer for flat unfinished sheets?

 
A. We print on flat sheets which are sized at 460mm x 320mm, however, the printable area is only 438 x 308mm, which is why we have created the templates at that size. 
 
If creating your own artwork without the help of a template please ensure that your artwork stays within the printable area.
 

Q. What are the benefits of flat unfinished sheets?

 
A. Flat unfinished sheets are a great way to save money and use your own finishing tools to complete your artwork. Using flat unfinished sheets is a cost-effective and very flexible option for professionals to purchase.
 

Q. What paper options do you offer with flat unfinished sheets?

 
A. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we offer our customers; silk, gloss, uncoated, recycled, Trucard, CrackBack and YUPO synthetic waterproof paper for our flat unfinished sheets.
 

Q. Can I choose a luxury paper for my flat unfinished sheets?

 
A. You can choose from; Acquerello, Constellation Snow, Laid, Metallic Ice Gold, Metallic Ice Silver, Mohawk Felt, Nettuno, Sirio Pearl Oyster, Sirio Pearl Platinum, Sirio Pearl Polar Dawn, Splendorgel Avorio and Gesso.
 

Q. What finishes do you offer for flat unfinished sheets?

 
A. There are three finishing options available. No Lamination, straight off the press. Matt lamination gives a soft, contemporary effect. Gloss lamination gives a higher quality shine finish than gloss card. Lamination is most useful with solid colours or images to enhance their vibrancy or where you want to protect your printed sheets. However, lamination is not available on luxury papers.
 

Q. Can I print double-sided flat unfinished sheets? 

 
A. Yes, please ensure that everything is aligned correctly if supplying double-sided artwork. 
 

Q. Do you have any flat unfinished sheet templates that I could download? 

 
A. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we provide templates in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and PDF formats.
 
 

Q. How should I set up the flat unfinished sheet artwork for printing?

 
A. We print on flat sheets which are sized at 460mm x 320mm. However, the printable area is only 438 x 308mm which is why we have created the templates at that size. If you are creating your artwork without a template please ensure that your artwork stays within the printable area. 
 

Q. How do I supply my artwork?

 
A. Please supply your artwork to us as one Print Ready PDF. If you have any score or fold marks, ensure that they are indicated. 
 

Q. Do I need bleed and crop marks on my artwork?

 
A. Yes. You should include 3mm bleed on your artwork.
 

Q. How should I supply my text?

 
A. To ensure your text looks the best it can be, we ask that all text is kept to a minimum of 7pts to ensure that when it prints it looks legible.
 

Q. Do I need to supply fonts?

 
A. If you supply us with a Print-Ready PDF then the fonts should be embedded. We might need the fonts when supplying files in other formats.

Folded Leaflets FAQs

Q. What are folded leaflets?

A. A folded leaflet is a sheet of paper that has been folded in a certain way to display information for advertising or marketing purposes. Half-fold leaflets are folded in half along the centre like a greeting card. Roll fold leaflets are divided into three sections, with outer sections folding over one another. Z fold leaflets differ from roll fold leaflets in that their panels do not overlap.
 

Q. Where would you use folded leaflets?

A. They’re so versatile, so the answer is just about anywhere! Folded leaflets are most commonly used for promotional offers, attention-worthy newsletters or mouth-watering menus.
 

Q. What are the benefits of folded leaflets?

A. Folded leaflets are so versatile, it means that the number of benefits seems endless. However, the key benefits of folded leaflets are that they are a cost-effective marketing tool, there are several types of folds, which means you can get more information onto a large flat page that is then folded to make it smaller and more portable. When you order online with DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we guarantee a fast turnaround.
 

Q. Why are folded leaflets good for advertising?

A. Folded leaflets are a highly effective advertising tactic because you are able to visually and verbally showcase your product/service to your target market. They are also an extremely cost-effective form of advertising which is small enough to be handed out door to door, and distributed in public.
 

Q. What folding leaflets styles do you offer?

A. The z-fold, roll-fold, half-fold and gate-fold options are available. For more information and to see how these different types of folds work, click here. 
 

Q. I need my folded leaflets ASAP! How fast is your turnaround?

A. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we can offer you same day dispatch on folded leaflets if you order by 12 noon. Order now.
 

Q. What paper options do you offer with folded leaflets?

A. We print our folded leaflets on silk coated paper (115gsm - 350gs), gloss coated (115gsm - 350gs) and premium uncoated (100gsm - 350gs).
 

Q. Can I choose a luxury paper for my folded leaflets? 

You sure can! We have a comprehensive selection of luxury papers including, Acquerello, Constellation Snow, Laid, Mohawk Felt, Nettuno, Sirio Pearl Oyster, Sirio Pearl Polar Dawn, Splendorgel Avorio and Gesso.
 

Q. What finishes do you offer for folded leaflets?

A. Our folded leaflets are available in a number of finishes including single or double-sided lamination in gloss or matt finish. You can also opt for no lamination. Matt lamination gives a soft, contemporary effect. Adding a gloss lamination gives a higher quality shine finish than printing on gloss paper alone. Lamination is most useful with solid colours or images to enhance their vibrancy or where you want to protect your printed leaflets. 
 

Q. I’m struggling with the layout of my folded leaflet. Do you have any templates that I could download?

A. Of course! Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk we provide templates in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and PDF formats. View our templates here, which can be found below the product overview. 
 

Q. How do I supply my artwork?

A. You can supply 1 PDF file as a 2 page flat spread. This is how your job looks when unfolded.  Just remember to check where your folds are.  We also accept multi-page PDF files with all the pages in the correct running order and we will impose the pages into flat spreads ready for print. 
 

Q. Do I need bleed and crop marks on my artwork?

A. Yes, this is very important when producing leaflets. Please provide at least 3mm bleed.

Q. Do I need to adhere to certain margins when designing my leaflet?

A. Yes. You will need to allow for a 5mm “Safe Area” from the edge of the page. If you are unsure of the layout and size that you are working with, you can view our free templates available fon the product page to help guide you.
 

Q. Do I need to supply fonts?

A. If you supply a Print Ready PDF then the fonts should be embedded. We might need the fonts when supplying files in other formats.
 

Indoor Posters FAQ

Q. What are indoor posters?

 
A. An indoor poster is a sheet of paper that is used to advertise a specific event, product or business.
 

Q. What are the advantages of indoor posters?

 
A. Indoor posters are a cost-effective promotional tool that is easy to display and distribute. By putting them in the right locations (such as point-of-sale or the entrance/exit) and having a strong call-to-action, you are more likely going to get a response. Posters let you have complete control of the design, meaning you get to create something that you know will catch your target audience’s eye. 
 

Q. Are posters effective?

 
A. Posters are one of the most used and successful promotional tools around. They are also extremely cost-effective as posters allow you to spread your message to a wide audience much cheaper than other advertising methods such as radio or tv ads.
 

Q. How do I design a poster?

 
A. Here are five things you need to consider when designing a poster:

   1. Purpose

   2. Your audience

   3. Colour

   4. Use of images

   5. Text

 

Q. What type of paper are posters printed on?
 
A. We print our posters on 170gsm poster paper or top-quality 200gsm Photo Satin paper.
 

Q. What is the largest poster you can print?

 
A. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, the largest size you can print your posters is 40 x 60 inches. 
 

Q. Do I need to add bleed or crop marks to my poster?

 
A. Yes. To ensure that the edges of your artwork aren’t cut off your poster by the printer, you need to allow a 3mm bleed and a 3mm safe area.
 

Q. How do I supply artwork for indoor posters?

 
A. Please supply your artwork to us as one Print Ready PDF. For more information on how to supply your artwork, check out our Indoor Poster page.
 

Q. Where can I get a design template for indoor poster printing?

 
A. Our design templates for our indoor posters are below the product overview under “Design Templates”.
 

Q. Can you print edge to edge posters?

 
A. Yes. When supplying your poster make sure that images and colours bleed off the edge. When cut to finished size your poster will be printed edge to edge.
 

Q. Is it possible to laminate posters?

 
A. Yes. If you choose our 170gsm poster paper we can offer you a matt or gloss lamination finish. 
 

Q. Do I need to supply fonts?

 
A. No. If you supply us with a Print Ready PDF then the fonts should be embedded. However, we might need the fonts when supplying files in other formats.
 

Q. Are posters available for same-day despatch? 

 
A. Yes. We offer same-day despatch on posters if the order is placed by 12 noon.

Leaflets and Flyers FAQs

Q. What are leaflets and flyers?

A. Leaflets and flyers are sheets of paper which have been designed to provide a specific target audience with informative information about a company, products or services.
 

Q. Where would you use leaflets and flyers?

A. Whether you are advertising your business, product or event, our comprehensive range of full-colour leaflets and flyers will make sure that you grab attention for all the right reasons.
 

Q. What sizes do you print leaflets and flyers?

A. We can provide leaflets and flyers in portrait or landscape, or square, in the following sizes: 
 
  • A7
  • A6
  • ⅓ A4
  • A5
  • A4,
  • A3
  • 140 x 140mm
  • 148 x 148mm
  • 210 x 210mm 

Q. What are the benefits of leaflets and flyers?

A. Leaflets and flyers are extremely versatile advertising and marketing tools which are cost-effective, eye-catching and a great way to get your message across to your target audience. 
 

Q. What paper options do you offer with leaflets and flyers?

A. We print our leaflets and flyers in:
 
  • Silk coated paper (115gsm - 350gsm)
  • Gloss coated (115gsm - 350gsm) 
  • Premium uncoated (100gsm - 350gsm)

Q. Can I choose a luxury paper for my leaflets and flyers?

A. We have a comprehensive selection of luxury papers including Acquerello, Constellation Snow, Nettuno, Sirio Pearl Oyster, Sirio Pearl Platinum, Sirio Pearl Polar Dawn, Laid, Metallic Ice Gold Metallic, Ice Silver, Mohawk Felt, Splendorgel Avorio and Gesso. 
 

Q. What finishes do you offer for leaflets and flyers?

A. Our leaflets and flyers are available in a number of finishes including single or double-sided lamination in gloss or matt finish. You can also opt for no lamination. Matt lamination gives a soft, contemporary effect. Adding a gloss lamination gives a higher quality shine finish than printing on gloss paper alone. Lamination is most useful with solid colours or images to enhance their vibrancy or where you want to protect your printed leaflets and flyers. However, lamination is not available on luxury papers. 
 

Q. I’m struggling with the layout of my leaflets and flyers. Do you have any templates that I could download?

A. Yes, we can help. templates in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and PDF formats. View our templates for leaflets and flyers here, just under the product overview section. 
 

Q. How do I supply my artwork?

A. You can supply 1 PDF file with all the pages in the correct running order. For more information, please see our Print-Ready PDF guide.
 

Q. Do I need bleed and crop marks on my artwork?

A. Yes, this is very important when producing leaflets. Please provide at least 3mm bleed on all edges. Check our Bleed Explained guide for more details. 
 

Q. Do I need to adhere to certain margins when designing my leaflets and flyers?

A. Yes. You will need to allow for a 5mm ‘Safe Area’ from the edge of the page. Also, the type and size of leaflet or flyer will determine the margins that you need to adhere to. If you are unsure of the layout and size that you are working with, you can view our free templates to help guide you.
 

Q. Do I need to supply fonts?

A. If you supply us with a Print-Ready PDF then the fonts should be embedded. Occasionally, we may request the fonts when supplying files in other formats.

Luxury Business Cards FAQs

Q. What’s the difference between luxury business cards and business cards?

 
A. The biggest difference is the thickness of the card. A standard business card would be around 300gsm - 350gsm but luxury business cards start at 540gsm and can reach a thickness of 1190gsm – that's 4 times thicker than a normal business card.
 

Q. Why should I have a luxury business card?

 
A. Having a business card is a key part in introducing yourself to new clients, jobs or people. Therefore, by having a luxury business card, you are displaying yourself as unforgettable, credible and professional.
 

Q. What are the benefits of luxury business cards?

 
A. Using our luxury business cards, you are able to stand out from the competition in your industry, showcase your professionalism and high-quality service while also presenting a great first impression of yourself or company. 
 

Q. What card sizes do you offer for luxury business cards?

 
A. You can choose cards sized 85mm x 55mm, 90mm x 55mm or 90mm x 50mm. Cards can be printed portrait or landscape and one side or both sides.
 

Q. What is the most common size for luxury business cards?

 
A. 85 x 55mm is the standard size for business cards in the UK.
 

Q. What paper type do you offer luxury business cards?

 
A. We offer double thick silk, double thick uncoated, triple thick uncoated and quadruple thick uncoated.
 

Q. What paper options do you offer with luxury business cards?

 
A. Our luxury double thick silk premium business cards are printed on a luxurious 540gsm white silk, which is nearly double the thickness of a standard business card. 
 
Our luxury double thick uncoated business cards are printed on a luxurious 540gsm 'lite' white uncoated board, double the thickness of a standard business card and a beautiful luxurious feel which you will love. 
 
For those of you that really want to stand out from the crowd, take a look at our premium triple thick (810gsm – 865gsm) and quadruple thick (1080gsm – 1190gsm) uncoated premium business cards with a customisable visible partial coloured edge. These cards are ultra-thick and have to be held to truly appreciate the quality.
 

Q. What is a good weight for luxury business cards?

 
A. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we think 810gsm is the ideal weight for a luxury business card.
 

Q. How can I make my luxury business card stand out?

 
DigitalPrinting.co.uk offers a range of inserts in white, blue, black, red, orange, yellow, pink, pastel pink, purple, green, pastel green and turquoise. This is a great way to add a splash of colour and make your luxury business cards stand out.
 

Q. What is the most popular colour of inserts for luxury business cards?

 
A. There are 12 different customisable coloured core inserts available and this core is visible in the middle around the edge of the finished printed card. The most popular colour ordered from us is red.
 

Q. What finishes do you offer for luxury business cards?

 
A. To further enhance your cards, we apply matt lamination to both sides of your double thick silk cards. For double, triple and quadruple thick uncoated cards choose either matt or gloss lamination to finish them off.
 

Q. Should a luxury business card be printed as portrait or landscape?

 
A. Most of our customers order landscape luxury business cards, however, portrait ones work just as well! It’s really all down to what you would prefer.
 

Q. I’m struggling with the layout of my luxury business card. Do you have any templates that I could download?

 
A. Yes! Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we provide templates in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and PDF formats.
 
 

Q. Do I need to apply bleed and crop marks on my luxury business card artwork?

 
A. Yes. Your artwork should have 3mm bleed and we recommend a 3mm safe area.
 
NOTE: Make sure that you extend your background colour into the bleed, otherwise you might end up with a thin white border.
 

Q. What size of font looks legible on business cards?

 
A. To ensure your text looks the best it can be, we ask that all text is kept to a minimum of 7pts to ensure that when it prints it looks legible.
 
Extra care should be taken when supplying a font which is very thin, as due to the digital printing technique each letter is made out of tiny dots, some of which may look very faded if there is not enough ink area within your text.
 
If supplying black text, ensure it is set to 100% black (0/0/0/100) to help ward off any registration issues and give a nice crisp result.
 

Q. What is the best resolution for business cards?

 
A. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we recommend that any images used on your business card have a resolution of 300dpi to ensure a quality print.
 

Q. Do I need to supply any fonts?

 
A. If you supply us with a Print-Ready PDF then the fonts should be embedded. We might need the fonts when supplying files in other formats.
 

Q. How soon can I get my luxury business card delivered?

 
A. If you order by 12 noon, we can dispatch your luxury business cards on the same-day! 

Perfect Bound Books FAQs

Q. What are perfect bound books?

A. Perfect bound books are created by glueing the pages to the spine of the book. Perfect bound books get their name from the process that they undergo: the pages and the cover of the book are all cut to be the exact same size and therefore they line up together perfectly. 
 

Q. Where would you use perfect bound books? 

A. Perfect bound printing is commonly used for magazines, portfolios, graphic novels, workbooks, catalogues, brochures and reports. This method binds your document together with adhesive along the spine to provide a smooth and stylish finish.
 

Q. What are the benefits of perfect binding?

A. Perfect bound books are professional in appearance, cost-effective even for low quantities and a great option for documents from 40 up to 700 printed pages. The binding glue is flexible and non-brittle, meaning that the books open flatter without cracking the spine or pages falling out. 
 

Q. What is the difference between perfect bound and saddle-stitched?

A. Perfect bound and saddle-stitched are the two most common methods of booklet binding. Saddle-stitching involves binding multiple pages together along a fold (also known as the spine) with two staples. On the other hand, perfect bound books have a flat spine. The sheets of paper are gathered together and glue is applied to the binding edge, then the cover of the book is placed on the glue.
 

Q. What is the process for binding perfect bound books?

With perfect binding, all the printed pages are stacked in a block and squared off. Then the pages are glued together along the spine with extremely strong PUR adhesive. The printed cover is then wrapped around and glued on to the spine as well. The remaining three edges are then trimmed so that the edges of the block are perfectly neat.
 

A. Can a perfect-bound book have printing on its spine?

In most cases, yes…but the book’s spine has to be wide enough to properly display the printing. We recommend that you don’t add text to your spine if it is thinner than 3mm. When you place your order you will be shown your spine thickness based on your selection.
 

Q. What glue do you use for your perfect bound books? 

A. We only use PUR glue to perfect bind our books as it is much stronger than hot melt glue. PUR binding is more tolerant to higher and lower temperatures as is very flexible and non-brittle, meaning books open flat without cracking the spine or pages falling out.
 

Q. What paper options do you offer with perfect bound books? 

A. Choose from silk, gloss or uncoated for your cover from 215gsm to 350gsm. Your inner (text) pages can be uncoated, silk or gloss, in weights ranging from 100gsm to 200gsm.
 

Q. Can any book be perfect bound?

A. No. The thickness of your inner paper type determines how many pages you can select.  This is because the minimum spine thickness is 2mm. If you choose 100gsm uncoated then 28 pages will be the minimum page count. If you choose 170gsm uncoated then 20 pages will be the minimum page count. If your book contains less pages than the minimum page count then saddle-stitched or wiro-binding would be a more suitable option.  
 

Q. What sizes are available for my perfect bound books? 

A. Our perfect bound books are available in A4 portrait, 1/3 A4 portrait, A5 portrait or landscape or 210 x 210mm square.
 

Q. What finishes do you offer for perfect bound books? 

A. Our perfect bound books are available in a number of finishes from single or double-sided lamination in gloss or matt finish or opt for no lamination. Matt lamination gives a soft, contemporary effect. Adding a gloss lamination gives a higher quality shine finish than printing on gloss paper alone. Lamination is most useful with solid colours or images to enhance their vibrancy or where you want to protect your printed documents. The most popular option is to matt laminate your cover. 
 

Q. Do you have any templates that I could download? 

A. We have a fantastic selection of design templates for perfect-bound book printing available in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and PDF formats. View our Design Templates which are located on the product page. 
 

Q. How do I supply my artwork?

A. Please supply perfect bound books as two multi-page PDFs consisting of a cover file and inners file. The cover PDF should be supplied as a spread including the spine. The inner PDF should contain only the inner pages in correct running order.
 

Q. Do I need bleed and crop marks on my artwork?

A. Yes, this is very important when providing artwork for perfect-bound books. When an image or colour on the page extends past the crop marks, it is regarded as bleed. As there is a degree of movement when printing on any press, you should always create at least 3mm bleed on all edges.
 

Q. Do I need to adhere to certain margins when designing my perfect bound book?

A. The cover is fixed to the spine and up to 7mm on the side of the perfect-bound book. With this in mind, we recommend that you use a margin of 12mm minimum from the bound edge of each page. 
 

Q. Do I need to supply fonts?

A. If you supply us with a Print Ready PDF then fonts are embedded or converted to outlines. However, we may request the fonts if files are supplied in other formats. 

General Printing FAQs

Q. What is the difference between pages and leaves?

A. A leaf is a sheet of paper and a page is typically a side of paper, So a leaf of paper could be two printed pages (2pp) if double-sided or just one printed page (1pp) if single-sided. 
 

Q. What is Bleed?

A. Ink that prints beyond the trim edge of the page to ensure it extends to the edge of the page after trimming. As there is a degree of movement when printing on any press, you should always create 3mm bleed on all edges where bleed is needed. Supplying your job without bleed may result in white lines when we trim it.
 

Q. What is the difference between CMYK and RGB?

A. CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black - the inks our Indigo digital presses mix together to make colours on your printed job. RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue - the colours of light a computer screen mixes together to make colours on your screen.
 

Q. What does resolution and DPI mean?

A. All images should be 300 dpi.  DPI is the amount of ink dots per inch; 300 dots per inch is the required standard for printed material. Anything below 200 dpi may not be good enough resolution for printing.
 

Q. I’m not sure if my artwork is correct, what should I do?

A. That’s why we are here. If you are in any doubt or have any questions please contact us and we will be delighted to help you. Or, choose to email your artwork when ordering and tell us in the email what you are unsure about and we will check it out for you. We're experts in digital printing, so you don't have to be!
 

Q. Can I upload an Office file? For example a Word file.

A. Of course, you can, however, we recommend that you save your file as a pdf instead. If you create a pdf from an office program it will save your fonts, images, logos etc that you used to create the file. To do this go to 'File', 'Save As' and change the file format to PDF. If we convert your office file at our end we may not have the exact fonts, there may be elements missing or items could move due to different versions of Microsoft Office, for this reason, we will email you a pdf proof for approval. Your job will be placed on hold pending your response to proceed.
 

Q. How do I supply my artwork? 

A. You can supply 1 pdf file with all the pages in the correct running order. For 2 versions of a double-sided business card you would supply:
Page 1 = front_version1, Page 2 = back_version1, Page 3 = front_version2, Page 4 = back_version2
Alternatively, you could supply 2 pdf files, one for each version.

Roll-Up Banner Stands FAQ

Q. What is a roll-up banner stand?

A. A roll-up banner stand, also known as a roller banner, pop-up banner and pull-up banner, is a useful marketing and advertising tool that businesses and freelancers can use in exhibitions or at trade shows to showcase their business and stand out from the crowd. 
 

Q. What are common uses for roll up banner stands?

A. Roll up banners stands are most commonly used as a marketing tool to advertise a business or a product to their desired target audience. 
 

Q. What are the key benefits of roll up banner stands?

A. Roll up banners not only let you design and create something that is fully personalised and eye-catching - but they are also cost-effective, long-lasting and easily transported and put up on display.
 

Q. What is the difference between a pop-up banner and a roll-up banner stand?

A. A roll-up banner stand is the one that you simply roll up and put into place, whereas a pop-up banner is a little larger and requires a bit more time and effort to be put into the construction of it. Pop-up banners are also more expensive than roll-up banner stands.
 

Q. Can banner stands be used outdoors?

A. Even though banner stands can technically be used outdoors, we recommend that you keep them indoors to avoid potential damage due to wind or rain. However, if you have a sheltered outdoor area, you could use your banner stand there if they are secured properly. 
 
If you require a banner to promote something outdoors then vinyl banners are the best choice as they can cope with the wear and tear that comes with the outdoor environment and can also be easily secured to a fence or wall.
 

Q. How do I assemble a roll-up banner stand?

A. Roll-up banner stands can be erected in a number of seconds by using the bungee pole to raise the graphic, then slot the pole into the base. This also makes it easy to collapse them at the end of the day. Simply unhook the pole and guide the banner graphic back into the metallic base. The bungee pole also folds into the base for easy storage.
 

Q. What type of material are roll-up banner stands printed on?

A. The material used to print graphics onto the banner stands here at Digital Printing is PVC, with varying weights beginning at 440gsm with our silver roll up banner stand. This is a robust material, ideally suited to banner stands and perfect for taking on the road when you visit different trade shows and exhibitions.
 

Q. How long does it take to print roll up banner stands?

A. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we understand the importance of your orders, so we try and despatch all of our products at least one day after you have submitted your Print Ready PDF to us. 
 

Q. What height is a roll-up banner stand?

A. We have a large range of different heights available at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, but our most popular size is 800mm x 2000mm. 
 

Q. How much do roll up banner stands weigh?

A. Our roll-up banner stands weigh around 3kg.
 

Q. How do I supply artwork for roll up banner stands? 

 
 

Q. How much bleed should be applied to roll up banner stand artwork?

A. You should apply a 10mm bleed, 10mm safe area and a 70mm space at the bottom to your artwork before uploading it to us. 
 

Q. What resolution is required for roll-up banner stands? 

A. To ensure that your print arrives how you’ve imagined - we recommend that any images used are supplied at 300dpi. 

Saddle-Stitched Booklets FAQs

Q. What are saddle-stitched booklets?

A. Saddle-stitched refers to a very popular booklet binding technique that uses staples to hold together folded sheets of paper. 
 

Q. Where would you use saddle-stitched booklets? 

A. Saddle-stitched booklets are the perfect solution for annual reports, magazines, brochures and catalogues.
 

Q. How are saddle-stitched booklets bound together?

A. The process involves binding pages together using staples (known as stitches) along the spine of the booklet.
 

Q. What sizes do you print saddle-stitched booklets? 

A. We can provide saddle-stitched booklets in a selection of finished sizes: 120 x 120 mm, A6, 140 x 140 mm, 148 x 148 mm, ⅓ A4, A5, US comic, 210 x 210 mm, US Letter, A4 Landscape and A4 Portrait. 
 

Q. What is the minimum amount of pages I can have with a saddle-stitched booklet?

A. The minimum number of pages is 8 and the total page count must go up in multiples of 4. 
Thus, two pages folded in half that can be stapled together to become an 8-page book.
 

Q. What is the maximum amount of pages I can have with a saddle-stitched booklet?

A. The maximum number of pages that we recommend is 52 pages. The reason for this is to ensure that your booklet will fold over neatly. More than 52 pages we recommend you use perfect bound.
 

Q. What paper options do you offer with saddle-stitched booklets? 

A. We print our saddle-stitched booklets in silk coated paper (115gsm - 350gs), gloss coated (115gsm - 350gs) and premium uncoated (100gsm - 350gs).
 

Q. Can I choose a luxury paper for my saddle-stitched booklets? 

A. You can choose from a comprehensive selection of luxury papers including, Acquerello, Constellation Snow, Laid, Mohawk Felt, Nettuno, Sirio Pearl Oyster, Sirio Pearl Polar Dawn, Splendorgel Avorio and Gesso.
 

Q. What finishes do you offer for saddle-stitched booklets?

A. Our saddle-stitched booklets are available in a number of finishes from single or double-sided lamination in gloss or matt finish or opt for no lamination. Matt lamination gives a soft, contemporary effect. Adding a gloss lamination gives a higher quality shine finish than printing on gloss paper alone. Lamination is most useful with solid colours or images to enhance their vibrancy or where you want to protect your printed documents. 
 

Q. Do you have any templates that I could download? 

A. We provide templates in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and PDF formats. View our design templates for saddle-stitched booklets. 
 

Q. Can I print text over the spine of my saddle-stitched booklet?

A. No. It’s not possible to print on the spine of your saddle-stitched booklet because it’s not a flat surface. 
 

Q. How do I supply my artwork?

A. Please supply saddle-stitched booklets as one multi-page PDF which consists of single pages running from the front cover through to the back cover, including any blank pages if needed. Saddle-stitched booklets must be created in multiples of 4 pages. 
 

Q. Do I need bleed and crop marks on my artwork?

A. Yes, this is very important when providing artwork for saddle-stitched booklets. You should always create 3mm bleed on all edges.
 

Q. Do I need to adhere to certain margins when designing my book?

A. Yes, please ensure you don't place text too close to the edge of the page. As a rule, try to leave at least 5mm of space from the trimmed edge. A common mistake is placing page numbers too close to the edge.
 

Q. Do I need to supply fonts?

A. If you supply us with a Print Ready PDF then the fonts should be embedded. We may on occasion, request fonts when supplying files in other formats.
 

Q. What are the benefits of saddle-stitched booklets?

A. Saddle-stitched printing is the least expensive of all binding options and available with fast turnaround. 

Stapled Documents FAQs

Q. What is stapled document printing?

A. Stapled document printing is a straightforward printing technique which involves binding together pages using staples along the spine of the document. This type of binding is also known in the print industry as saddle-stitched
 

Q. How many pages can be stapled in a printed document?

A. The number of pages in a stapled printed document will depend greatly on the thickness of the paper. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we can print and bind together documents containing up to 48 printed pages.
 

Q. Is a page the same as a sheet of paper when printing a stapled document?

A. No.  A sheet of paper has 2 sides, each one of these sides is referred to as a page. 
 

Q. Why can my booklet only be printed per 4 pages? 

A. Your stapled document can only be printed in multiples of 4 pages. When a single A3 sheet is folded in half, it becomes four A4 pages. This is to ensure that no pages fall out of your stapled document. For example, if you choose an A4 size stapled document, that includes 8 pages, from DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we will print your artwork on two A3 sheets that are then folded and stapled together to make an 8-page booklet. 
 

Q. Where would you use stapled documents? 

A. Stapled documents are the perfect solution for annual reports, magazines, price lists, information guides and brochures. A simple, yet cost-effective way of communicating key messaging in print. 
 

Q. What sizes do you print stapled documents? 

A. We can provide stapled document in a range of sizes; 4 portrait or landscape, 1/3 A4 portrait, A5 portrait or landscape, and 210 x 210mm square. 
 

Q. What paper options do you offer with stapled documents? 

A. We print stapled documents in silk coated paper (115gsm – 350gsm), gloss coated paper (115gsm – 350gsm) and premium uncoated paper (100gsm – 350gsm).
 

Q. Can I choose a luxury paper for my stapled documents? 

A. Yes, we have a comprehensive selection of luxury papers; Acquerello, Constellation Snow, Laid, Mohawk Felt, Nettuno, Sirio Pearl Oyster, Sirio Pearl Polar Dawn, Splendorgel Avorio or Gesso.
 

Q. What finishes do you offer for stapled documents? 

A. Stapled documents are available in a choice of finishes from single or double-sided lamination in gloss or matt finish, or opt for no lamination. Matt lamination gives a soft, contemporary effect. Adding a gloss lamination gives a higher quality shine finish than printing on gloss paper alone. Lamination is most useful with solid colours or images to enhance their vibrancy or where you want to protect your printed documents. 
 

Q. I’m struggling with the layout of my stapled documents. Do you have any templates that I could download? 

A. Yes. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we provide templates in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and PDF formats. View our templates.
 

Q. How do I supply my stapled document artwork?

A. Please supply stapled documents as one multi-page PDF file with all the pages in the correct running order. Include blank pages wherever needed in the running order and remember that your total page count should be divisible by 4.
 

Q. Do I need bleed and crop marks on my artwork?

A. Yes, this is very important when producing books. You should always create 3mm bleed on all edges where bleed is needed.
 

Q. Do I need to adhere to certain margins when designing my book?

A. Yes, ensure you don't place text too close to the edge of the page. As a rule, try to leave at least 5mm of space from the trimmed edge. A common mistake is placing page numbers too close to the edge. If you need help setting your margins you can refer to our templates.
 

Q. Can I print text across the spread of pages in my stapled document? 

A. If you wish to have your text printed across the spread pages of your stapled document, then we recommend that you do not place your text on the centrefold of the spread as your text could disappear underneath the staples or line up incorrectly if your text is small. 
 

Q. What is the fastest possible turnaround on stapled document printing? 

A. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we offer our customers same-day despatch (if you order by 12 noon) on all of our booklets including our stapled documents.

Stickers and Labels FAQs

Q. How do I use stickers as a marketing tool?

A. Stickers are suitable for so many different jobs including address labels, name badges, and product labels. With so many uses for stickers and labels, it’s easy to see how they can play a role in adding value to your brand.
 

Q. What is the purpose of a label?

A. The purpose of a label is to be able to easily identify an item -  for example, it could tell you about its parts, where it belongs, what it is, nutritional information etc. A label should be able to tell you everything you need to know about said item. 
 

Q. Do you supply stickers and labels on rolls or sheets?

A. At DigitalPrinting.co.uk, all of our round, square and rectangle stickers are printed on white 120gsm gloss paper adhesive sheets. We print all our A–sized stickers on quality white 170gsm silk or gloss permanent adhesive. The number of stickers per sheets depends on the size of the sticker. Size 37mm, for example, has 70 stickers per sheet but size 88mm has 12 stickers per sheet. 
 

Q. Are the stickers and labels water-resistant?

A. Only the A-sized stickers are available on the marine grade adhesive which is water-resistant, and you must select Waterproof Adhesive as your paper type when ordering. 
 

Q. What are Marine-Grade stickers?

A. Our Marine Grade Stickers are Matt White (IDP) PE (Teslin®) (Uncoated, filled polyolefin film). A unique material that looks, prints and fabricates like paper but is durable like plastic film. The microporous structure makes the product absorptive yet water-resistant, soft and pliable but strong, highly printable and durable. The porous, uncoated nature of the sheet allows inks and toners to form strong bonds with the substrate. The material is waterproof, durable (chemical and abrasion-resistant), conformable, steam sterilisable and offers a long-life alternative to paper labels. Marine-grade UV acrylic adhesive in conjunction with this face material is approved to BS5609 Part 2 (labelling of chemicals for transport by sea/air). For test tube or tight radius labelling the conformability of the face combined with the strength of the adhesive makes this combination ideal. The adhesive meets the requirements of FDA 21 CFR 175.105 (for indirect food contact), EN71-3 (Toy Safety), CONEG, The Packaging (Essential Requirements) Regulations 2015 & EU Regulation 94/62/EC (Packaging and Packaging Waste). No heavy metals are used in the manufacturing process and typical contents are less than 1ppm.
 
Minimum application temperature: 0°C
Temperature range -40°C to +150°C
Tack and final adhesion: Permanent
 

Q. What are kiss-cut stickers?

A. Kiss-cut stickers are stickers that are lightly cut to shape, so only the sticker is cut but the backing sheet is not.  This way the sticker can be easily peeled away from the sticker sheet. When you peel out the desired sticker, the backing remains. 
 

Q. Can I use these labels for food packaging or craft beer bottle branding?

A. Yes. In fact, our labels are a perfect branding tool to ensure that you are reaching your target audience in an aesthetically pleasing, but cost-effective way.
 

Q. What is the most popular adhesive paper for stickers and papers?

A. Our 170gsm white gloss paper adhesive is our most popular across all of our different types of stickers available here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk. 
 

Q. What size should the font be to ensure legibility?

A. Your text should be a minimum of 7pts to ensure that when your work is printed it still looks legible.
 

Q. What styles/shapes of stickers and labels are available?

A. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, we offer a wide range of styles and shapes of stickers: 
A-Sized Stickers- A7 - A3 sizes available.
Round Stickers- 19mm to 100mm diameter plus CD and DVD labels.
Square Stickers- 25mm to 80mm in various pre-cut sizes.
Rectangular Stickers- 25mm to 96mm in various pre-cut sizes.
 

Q. Do I need to apply bleed, crops, and safe area?

A. Yes. We ask that all of our customers provide a 1mm bleed with 2mm safe area to their artwork before uploading it to us. 
 

Q. How do I supply my artwork?

A. Please supply your artwork to us as one Print Ready PDF. 
 

Q. What is the smallest sticker you can print?

A. Our smallest stickers start from 19mm. 
 

Q. What is the largest sticker you can print?

A. The largest sticker that we can print is A3! (that’s 420mm x 297mm)

Wiro Bound FAQs

Q. What is Wiro Binding?

A. Wiro bound booklets are bound together like a notepad, where a wire is inserted and threaded through small punched holes within the margin of the booklet. Wiro bound, also known as spiral-bound due to the long wire coil, are a very popular and cost-effective binding method which allows you to let your booklet lie completely flat on a table making it ideal for cooking books, instruction manuals or presentations when you need your hands free.
 

Q. What can wiro bound booklets be used for?

A. Wiro bound booklets are ideal for recipe books, annual reports, travel atlas, wall calendars, planners, pocket booklets, manuals, music booklets, guides and other reference materials because of the booklets ability to lie completely flat on a surface and keep your hands free.
 

Q. What are the benefits of using wiro binding for document printing?

A. Wiro-bound document open 360 degrees (cover to cover) which allows them to fold flat and lie flat for easier reference. When opened, the pages of a wiro-bound document rotate around the wire with very little resistance. This binding style works extremely well with index tabs.
 

Q. What does the wiro binding process involve?

A. Wiro binding involves gathering together the pages you wish to bind and punching holes through the cover and pages along the side where the margin of the booklet will be. Next, a strong, durable wire will be inserted and closed through the holes that were made earlier to hold together the booklet.
 

Q. What is the minimum number of pages that can be wiro bound?

A. The minimum number of pages that can be wiro bound together is four. This is because each sheet counts as two pages.
 

Q. What is the maximum number of pages that can be wiro bound?

A. The maximum number of pages that can be wiro bound together will depend on the capacity of the largest wire available and the thickness of the paper being used. Here at DigitalPrinting.co.uk, the maximum number of pages that we can wiro bound for you is 432 printed sides.
 

Q. What sizes do you print wiro bound documents?

A. We can provide wiro bound documents in sizes A3, A4, A5, 1/3 A4 and 210mm x 210mm square. A3 sizes can only be bound on the short edge.
 

Q. What colour choices are available for wiro bound documents?

A. All of our wiro bound documents are bound together with a black coloured wire.
 

Q. What paper options do you offer with wiro bound documents?

A. We print wiro bound booklets in silk coated paper (115gsm – 350gsm), gloss coated paper (130gsm – 350gsm) and premium uncoated paper (100gsm – 350gsm).
 

Q. Can I choose a luxury paper for my wiro bound documents?

A. Yes, we offer luxury papers in Acquerello, Constellation Snow, Laid, Mohawk Felt, Nettuno, Sirio Pearl Oyster, Sirio Pearl Polar Dawn, Splendorgel Avorio or Gesso.
 

Q. What finishes do you offer for wiro bound documents?

A. There are three finishing options available. Matt lamination gives a soft, contemporary effect. Gloss lamination gives a higher quality shine finish than gloss card. Lamination is most useful with solid colours or images to enhance their vibrancy or where you want to protect your printed documents. However, lamination is not available on luxury papers.
 

Q. I’m struggling with the layout of my wiro bound documents. Do you have any templates that I could download?

A. Yes, we provide templates in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and PDF formats. View our templates here.
 

Q. How do I supply my artwork?

A. You should supply one pdf file with all the pages in the correct running order. Please see our Print-Ready PDF guide for more information.
 

Q. Do I need bleed and crop marks on my artwork?

A. Yes, this is very important when producing wiro bound booklets. Please provide at least 3mm bleed on all edges. For more information, see Bleed Explained guide.
 

Q. Do I need to adhere to certain margins when designing my wiro bound documents?

A. When designing a wiro bound book, please ensure that all-important content and text is kept to a minimum of 12mm from the bound edge of each page. This would be the left-hand side for right-hand pages and the right-hand side for left-hand pages.
 

Q. Do I need to supply fonts?

A. If you supply us with a print-ready pdf then the fonts should be embedded. However, we might require fonts when supplying files in other formats.

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