Print file set-up checklist

Before uploading your files, let us guide you through the steps for error-free printing.

 

Do your artwork files match your quote?

Before clicking Add to Basket, please ensure your artwork matches the specifications you entered on our Instant Price Calculator. Factors to look out for include:

  • Number of pages
  • Page size and format
  • Color mode
  • Orientation

If you use one design program like those from Adobe - the programs will ensure your files are consistent, whereas if you use more than one design program, keep an eye out for inconsistencies.

 

Sample print quote from Mixam
 

 

Have you added bleed?

Every file you upload to your Artwork Dashboard must have a 0.125" bleed to ensure no vital design elements or text can be cut away during the trimming process. 

All design elements should be 0.25" away from the page edge. We call this the quiet area. This feature will also prevent content from being obscured by folds or binding.

Your artwork needs to extend to the edge of the page, including all images and colored backgrounds.

Example of bleed in a print file
 

 

Have you included high-resolution images?

The appearance of an image on a screen will not look the same when printed. For the best results, please ensure all images and print files have a 300dpi resolution.

NOTE: You can use low-resolution images - but they can look pixelated when printed. You can even use high-resolution images, like 400dpi - however, they will not improve the print quality. But our system will alert you of any issues before you proceed to print. 

Example high resolution image
 

 

Are you including any cover finishes?

For example, if you have chosen to use a finish for your Book cover, like a Spot UV effect, please upload a separate design file indicating where you would like us to apply the effect. And please read our set-up guides for optimum results.

Booklet cover with special options
 

Are you using CMYK colour mode?

Our system will convert RGB color to CMYK for printing straight away, but this conversion can cause color differences. So we recommend designing your artwork files in CMYK color mode before you create your artwork. You can also use a design program to change your color mode from RGB to CMYK and then fine-tune the CMYK values to your liking.

Ink saturation can also affect the final look of your print job. For black and white printing - check whether you should be printing in standard black or rich black.

The CMYK colour model
 

 

How do I submit your files?

Uploading your print-ready files to Mixam is easy. We prefer high-resolution, 300dpi PDFs, but our system will accept many file types

If you prefer, you can also upload a separate file for each page in your project. If you submit your artwork as double-page spreads, our intelligent system will divide and separate these pages.

Supported file formats