PRINT DESIGN SERVICES

The requirements and guides to printing successfully with us.

Offering a diverse production capability all under one roof, the likes of which is now seldom found in the UK, Wallace Print employ over 30 experienced staff. Our knowledge and experience of working within the large format printing industry for over thirty years has led to a client base which is just as diverse.

Artwork Requirements

For your artwork to be produced accurately, please ensure that you follow the requirements below. For more detailed instructions, please see our artwork setup guide.

All artwork must be supplied:

  • According to or on our product templates (if applicable). Template-specific requirements are included on each product page and within the templates.
  • With 5mm bleed for standard banners and prints (when scaled to full-size). For double-sided banners or fabric items, other bleed amounts are required.
  • With crop marks (unless supplied on one of our product templates)
  • With each artwork/design as a separate file or page
  • With each file name including the finished dimensions and a description (eg. “3m x 1m Description.pdf”)
  • At the correct width-to-height ratio
  • In CMYK colour mode
  • With all images embedded
  • With all fonts converted to outlines/curves/shapes
  • With all visible in-canvas template elements removed

Wallace Print, Accepted file formats:

    • PDF (preferred)
    • EPS (Encapsulated PostScript, CS6 and below)
    • AI (Adobe Illustrator, CS6 and below)
    • PSD (Adobe Photoshop, recommended flattened)
    • TIFF (recommended flattened)
    • JPG/JPEG (recommended high-resolution)

Artwork that’s not acceptable:

  • Without 5mm bleed
  • Without crop marks
  • With multiple artworks/designs on one page
  • At an incorrect width-to-height ratio
  • In RGB colour mode
  • With missing links or images which are not embedded
  • Without fonts converted to outlines/curves/shapes
  • Protected by a password

Unaccepted File Formats

  • AI (Adobe CC Illustrator versions)
  • INDD (Adobe InDesign)
  • QXP (Quark Xpress)
  • CDR (Corel Draw)
  • SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics)
  • GIF
  • PNG
  • BMP
  • DOC/DOCX (Microsoft Word)
  • XLS/XLSX (Microsoft Excel)
  • PPT/PPTX (Microsoft Powerpoint)
  • PUB (Microsoft Publisher)

Please note that we cannot be held responsible for issues contained in the supplied artwork itself such as spelling mistakes, grammatical errors, RGB colour mode, overprint, resolution, missing fonts, missing images and layers set to non-printing. To avoid these issues, please ensure your artwork adheres to our requirements.

Artwork not supplied to our requirements will likely render an unsatisfactory result or delay your order. If you are unsure about the artwork you have, please check with us beforehand to ensure there are no complications with your order.

If artwork cannot be used to produce what has been ordered, we will advise you of this and request how you would like to proceed.

If an artwork size is different to the ordered size, the ordered size always takes precedence. This is due to the fact that artworks from our customers are supplied in a variety of scales.

With subjective issues of quality such as image resolution, we will sometimes advise you if the quality is extremely low, though again, we cannot be held responsible if the artwork is supplied in such a manner and isn’t suitable for your needs.

Artwork created in non-Adobe applications (such as CorelDRAW, SignLab and AutoCAD) can cause output issues. If you are using a non-Adobe application, please advise us, ensure to follow all of our artwork requirements, and use a modern PDF generator.

Setting Up Your Artwork Canvas

For customers not familiar with creating artwork for large-format print, we have created this guide to make sure your designs can be processed and printed as quickly and accurately as possible.

Canvas Size

When creating your design canvas, the most important thing to remember is that your artwork should be setup at an equal proportion to the print you are ordering. If your order is for a banner with a 3:1 proportion, your artwork should perfectly match this.

It’s often best to use a smaller scale, such as half-scale or quarter-scale as this can reduce filesize. If your design exceeds 5m in either direction, please use a smaller scale.

Adobe software and PDFs have an in-built limit of 5080mm for either width or height. However, some software (such as CorelDRAW), allow the creation of canvases beyond this size. Unfortunately, this will cause issues at our end, and this should be avoided.

For instance, a 5m × 1m design could be created like so:

ScaleArtwork Canvas Size
100% (Full) Scale5000mm × 1000mm
50% (Half) Scale2500mm × 500mm
25% (Quarter) Scale1250mm × 250mm
10% Scale500mm × 100mm

To calculate the canvas width and height you’ll need for a smaller scale, simply take your full-size measurement (eg: 5000mm) and multiply it by your desired scale. We’ve included these below:

ScaleFraction
50% (Half) Scale0.5
25% (Quarter) Scale0.25
10% Scale0.1

So, for a quarter-scale design: 5000 × 0.25 = 1250

Bleed

All standard banner and print artworks should be supplied with at least 5mm bleed (when scaled to full-size). This ensures your printed design can be hemmed or trimmed with no white edges showing.

Colour Mode

All artworks should be created in CMYK colour mode. Artworks sent to us in RGB mode will be converted to CMYK by our pre-press system, and will nearly always render unsatisfactory results.

For Roller Banners

The easiest way to create your Roller Banner artwork is to use our pre-made templates, which are available for you to download. These are setup at the correct proportion, and also include guides to ensure your design fits perfectly in the unit.

However, if you need to create your Roller Banner canvas yourself, please make sure to get the width and height correct as these come in a variety of sizes.

Roller Banners also require an additional section at the bottom of your graphic, which will be rolled into and hidden within the unit mechanism. This area is very important and can vary in size, depending on the model of unit you will be using. For our units, the height of this area is 150mm, so typically the height of the graphic will be 2150mm. This 150mm section should be kept free from any important content (text, logos) and only used for background images and colours.

Pantone Colours

If you wish to use any Pantone colours, these must be included as embedded colours in your artwork and we request that you inform us which colours you have used.

Overprint

Please beware of setting any text or objects to overprint. As we do not proof-check artworks before printing, overprinted objects can cause serious issues and may only be noticed by you when you receive the finished item.

Rich Black

To achieve the richest, deepest black possible in your design, we recommend using Pantone Process Black Coated. If you are unable to use Pantone colours, we recommend using CMYK values of 50%C, 50%M, 50%Y, 100%K. If 100%K alone is used, the richness of the black may not be satisfactory.

Outlining Text

While artworks saved as PDF will often not cause any font issues, we request that you outline any text before sending your file(s) to us. This is usually necessary when using fonts with restrictive embedding licenses or if your design software does not natively export to PDF.

Hems & Eyelets

We recommend allowing an inner-margin of 60mm within your design. This perimeter area around the edge of your design will leave space for the weld of the hem and any eyelets. This area should be kept free from any important content (text, logos) and only used for background images and colours.

Our standard distribution for eyelets is one in each corner with one per metre (no greater) in between. If you would like eyelets with custom distribution or positioning, please let us know. This can be provided at no extra cost.

If you would like to use our eyelet mark to indicate where you would like eyelets placed, please use the Illustrator files below. The center of the mark should be 34mm from the edge of the design canvas.

If you would like to use your own marks to indicate eyelet positions, please use a light-coloured circle with a border to contrast the background (if necessary). This circle should be 8mm in diameter (when scaled to full-size), and again, the center of the mark should be 34mm from the edge of the design canvas.

Trimmed to Size

Please ensure the design uses the correct proportion, is supplied with the required 5mm bleed and contains crop marks.

Pole Pockets

The most common confusion with pole pockets arises when some customers expect the pockets to be added to the overall size of the banner. Instead, we produce pockets inclusive of the overall size.

This method requires an internal ‘pocket allowance area’, which varies in size depending on the diameter of pole that will be used. This pocket allowance area should be used on any edge where a pocket will be present.

In the same way as hems, we recommend this area is kept free of any important content (text, logos) and only used for background images and colours.

Below are the values for some popular pole diameters:

Pole DiameterPocket Allowance Area
(when scaled to full-size)
25mm92.5mm
30mm105mm
35mm117.5mm
40mm130mm
45mm142.5mm
50mm155mm
55mm167.5mm
60mm (Scaffolding)180mm
65mm192.5mm
70mm205mm

If you need to calculate the pocket allowance area for a pocket of another diameter, please use this formula:

Pole Diameter × 2.5 + 30mm

This formula (and the values above) include a little extra for ‘wiggle room’, as well as an additional 30mm which will be used by the weld.

Double-Sided

For all double-sided prints, please supply your artwork with at least 10mm bleed (when scaled to full size). This allows for small amounts of movement in the printing process without any white edges showing on the finished item.

Please make sure that your crop mark offset is high enough that your crop marks do not overlap your bleed. This also allows for movement in the printing process and will ensure your crop marks are not visible when your graphics are finished.

We also recommend keeping any important content well within the finished size to also allow for this movement without any clipping.

Shape & Contour Cut

Artwork to be shape-cut should contain a clearly visible path that we can use. Any text in your design should be outlined and any images should be embedded in the file.

Each cut path must:

  • Be vector (one continuous path)
  • Be a stroke
  • Be overlaid on top of your design (not in a separate file/page/canvas)
  • Be a contrasting colour to your design

We process the path solely for our cutting machines – the path is not printed and so isn’t visible when reproduced.

Please note, cuts containing a high level of intricacy may lose accuracy on thicker materials such as our Foamex board.

File Formats

We strongly prefer artworks to be supplied in PDF format, though we also accept EPSAITIFF and JPG/JPEG.

Bleed & Crop Marks

When exporting your print-ready file, make sure you include your previously added bleed as well as crop marks. These will ensure the cut position of your design is correct.

Design Separation

Each design should be either a separate file (preferred), or a separate page within a PDF.

File Naming

Each design/file should be named to include the width and height of the design, as well as a brief description, such as:

  • 3m x 1m – Ice Cream Shop.pdf

If you have an order that contains multiple designs at the same size, please also include the quantity required of each design in the filename:

  • 3m x 1m – Ice Cream Shop x 5.pdf
  • 3m x 1m – Burger Van x 2.pdf

Check It

One you have exported your print-ready file, we strongly advise opening and checking it yourself before sending it to us. We do not provide proofs, so any hidden issues in the supplied artwork will likely not be picked up by us.

By checking the file, you’ll be able to quickly recognise any errors and rectify them before uploading the file to us. Please note, if we receive artwork containing any issues or problems, this can delay your dispatch date.

Uploading Artwork

Once you have placed your order online with us, you will be prompted to upload your files through our upload service, WeTransfer. However, if you experience any problems with WeTransfer, please email our studio team for alternative options.

Setting Up Your Artwork Canvas

If you’d like to contact us regarding your artwork, please email our studio or call us on 01634 724772 and ask to speak with a member of our studio team.

Artwork Templates

To help you quickly and easily create your design, we’ve prepared templates for our products, These can be downloaded and saved below:

Roller Banner Sizes & Artwork Templates

To help you quickly and easily create your standard or premium roller banner graphic, we’ve prepared templates for our products, These can be downloaded and saved below:

Standard Roller Banner – Template

(800mm x 2000mm) – Download Template
(850mm x 2000mm) – Download Template
(1000mm x 2000mm) – Download Template
(1200mm x 2000mm) – Download Template
(1500mm x 2000mm) – Download Template
(2000mm x 2000mm) – Download Template

Premium Roller Banner – Template

(800mm x 2000mm) – Download Template
(850mm x 2000mm) – Download Template
(1000mm x 2000mm) – Download Template
(1200mm x 2000mm) – Download Template
(1500mm x 2000mm) – Download Template
(2000mm x 2000mm) – Download Template

Pop-Up Stand Sizes & Artwork Templates

To help you quickly and easily create your straight or curved pop-up stand, we’ve prepared templates for our products, These can be downloaded and saved below:

Straight Pop-Up Stand – Template

(3 x 1) – Download Template
(3 x 2) – Download Template
(3 x 3) – Download Template
(3 x 4) – Download Template
(3 x 5) – Download Template

Curved Pop-Up Stand – Template

(3 x 2) – Download Template
(3 x 3) – Download Template
(3 x 4) – Download Template
(3 x 5) – Download Template

Display Stand Sizes & Artwork Templates

To help you quickly and easily create your custom display stand, we’ve prepared templates for our products, These can be downloaded and saved below:

Pegasus Banner – Template

(1500mm x 2000mm banner graphic) – Download Template
(2000mm x 2000mm banner graphic) – Download Template

Pop-Up Counta – Template

(2×2 graphic wrap) – Download Template

SEG Pop-Up Counter – Template

(SEG fabric graphic wrap) – Download Template

Point Of Sale Sizes & Artwork Templates

To help you quickly and easily create your custom display stand, we’ve prepared templates for our products, These can be downloaded and saved below:

Tent Card – Template

(A5 Portrait) – Download Template

Poster Artwork Templates

To help you quickly and easily create your poster graphics we’ve prepared template for our product, These can be downloaded and saved below:

2A0 Poster – Template

Download Template

A0 Poster – Template

Download Template

A1 Poster – Template

Download Template

A2 Poster – Template

Download Template

A3 Poster – Template

Download Template

A4 Poster – Template

Download Template

Pavement Signs Sizes & Artwork Templates

To help you quickly and easily create your pavement signs, we’ve prepared templates for our products, These can be downloaded and saved below:

A-Signs – Template

(A1) – Download Template
(A2) – Download Template

Whirlwind – Template

(A0) – Download Template
(A1) – Download Template

Cafe Barriers Graphic Artwork Templates

To help you quickly and easily create your cafe barrier we’ve prepared template for our product, These can be downloaded and saved below:

Cafe Barriers (Economy) Template 

1000mm –    Download Template
1500mm –    Download Template
20000mm – Download Template

Cafe Barriers (Deluxe) Template

1000mm –    Download Template
1500mm –    Download Template
20000mm – Download Template

Flag Sizes & Artwork Templates

To help you quickly and easily create your choosen style of flag, we’ve prepared templates for our products, These can be downloaded and saved below:

Angled Flags – Template

(Small)            – Download Template
(Medium)       – Download Template
(Large)            – Download Template
(Extra Large) – Download Template

Concave Flags – Template

(Small)            – Download Template
(Medium)       – Download Template
(Large)            – Download Template
(Extra Large) – Download Template

Crest Flags – Template

(Small)            – Download Template
(Medium)       – Download Template
(Large)            – Download Template
(Extra Large) – Download Template

Feather Flags – Template

(Small)            – Download Template
(Medium)       – Download Template
(Large)            – Download Template
(Extra Large) – Download Template

Teardrop Flags – Template

(Small)            – Download Template
(Medium)       – Download Template
(Large)            – Download Template
(Extra Large) – Download Template

Sail Flags – Template

(Small)            – Download Template
(Medium)       – Download Template
(Large)            – Download Template

Footprint Graphic Artwork Templates

To help you quickly and easily create your footprint graphics we’ve prepared template for our product, These can be downloaded and saved below:

Footprint Graphic – Template

Download Template

Problems with your artwork?

If you are having a few issues or have a question regarding your artwork please email our studio or call us on 01634 724772 and ask to speak with a member of our studio team.

Need advice on your print project?

Speak with one of our print managers today, we have 30 years worth of print experience and knowledge. We’ll be able to assist you with selecting the best products or setup for your project.

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