What file types do you accept?
We accept a range of different formats: JPEG (JPG), PNG, TIF, PDF. These are the formats we recommend:
- For photos: high resolution JPEGs (preferably uncompressed)
- For graphics or text: vector based PDFs
- For a mix of graphics and photos: PDFs
What is the difference between vector and bitmap images?
A bitmap (e.g. JPEG, PNG, TIF) is made up of thousands of tiny squares or 'pixels' which are all the same size. The number of pixels in an image is called 'resolution'. When an image looks sharp or photographic it has a high number of pixels and it is a 'high resolution' image measured in pixels per inch (PPI). When there are fewer pixels an image will look soft or 'pixellated'.
As bitmap images have a set number of pixels, they will lose quality when enlarged. It is, therefore, better to send us 'high-resolution JPEGS'.
A vector image uses coordinates to plot each point on a line or curve. This means that vector images can be enlarged while maintaining quality.
Save graphics, text and line art as 'vector based' PDFs. This is possible in applications such as Adobe Illustrator, InDesign and Photoshop.
Bleed and trim set-up guide
At PosterFactory we print to the edge of your specified page size. To get the best possible results, we suggest setting up your print file with 5mm of bleed (extra image) on all sides of your print. Trim marks are usually set outside of the bleed area.
If you are unable to provide bleed or trim marks, make sure that any text or important elements are not too close to the edges.