Hi, I’m Jess. I’m part of the Studio team here at instantprint. I’ve put together this quick guide to answer any questions you might have about setting up your calendar artwork for print.
How Should I Set My Artwork Up?
These are our top things to remember for calendar printing:
- Make sure images are 300dpi or more - here's our resolution guide for help with this
- Always set colours up as CMYK for printing
- Remember to add bleed!
You can choose to print double and single sided:
- If selecting double sided your wall calendar will contain seven pages printed front and back to make up 14
- If selecting single sided your wall calendar will contain 13 pages, 12 printed on the front only and 1 printed both front and back
What Size Should My Artwork Be?
Please note: As well as bleed, you’ll also need to include a 9mm safety zone to allow for the wire spine. The other sides will only need a 3mm safety zone.
How Do I Send My Artwork?
Once you’ve placed your order online, you can send your artwork to us and we’ll set it up for you. You can do this by emailing your artwork file over to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Just enter your order number in the subject line!
For files over 200MB, you can use WeTransfer. Simply upload your artwork and send it to us at email@example.com. Pop your order number in the message and we’ll get back to you ASAP.
You’ll be able to check the page order again when we send you a proof to approve – so don’t worry if you don’t get it right the first time!
How Do I Check My Proof?
Once you’ve uploaded your artwork, we’ll create a proof for you to approve. Nothing gets sent to print before you tell us you’re happy with your design.
Using our special 10 point check, we’ll look out for a range of things: is the bleed set up correctly? Are the fonts embedded? – that kind of thing.
On your calendar proof, we’ll show you the single pages of the calendar with a guide to show the wire spine on the left of your artwork. The internal page only acts as a guide – we’ll still print the number of pages you chose when you added the product to your basket.
One thing we can’t check for is spelling and grammar. Make sure you proofread your whole document before approving the artwork – especially things like contact and event details.
Check out our proof checking guide to find out more about what we check and what you can do to make sure your artwork is print ready.