top tips for making PDFs


One of the most important assets you can have as a designer doing print work is an understanding of how to correctly set your PDF file up for printing. With the help of this checklist below, you can save yourself or your company money and ensure your jobs come out as you had wished.

  • All fonts converted to outlines/paths
  • Image resolution a minimum of 300dpi
  • Any RGB images converted to CMYK
  • Black text is made of 100% black only
  • Document has a minimum of 1.5mm bleed on each edge (preferably 3mm)
  • No cropmarks needed. Document size is page size plus bleed on each edge
  • All important elements at least 3mm in from the edge of the page, to allow for possible movement while trimming
  • PDF pages in correct order (Page 1 is ALWAYS front, Page 2 is ALWAYS back)
  • Jobs with additional finish ie. foiling, embossing, diecut etc. MUST be on separate pages after the back page. For example pg1-FRONT; pg2-BACK; pg3-FOIL; pg4 DIECUT. These each must be in a separate spot colour (we recommend making it from 100% magenta or 100% yellow) to stand out.

For an extended version of these guidelines visit the ‘File Preparation’ tab in the navigation bar above. Also freephone 0800 533 677 to talk to one of our team, we’re more than happy to help.


Increased Printing Power Under Our New Roof!

New factory, new machinery and increased productivity can only mean exciting times ahead for us all at the Production house.

In a couple of weeks the team at TPH will be moving into our new custom built printing factory, and we couldn’t be more excited to share the benefits with you!

Our new home will allow us to house a majority of our printing power all under one roof. This includes several of our large offset printing presses, state of the art digital printers and wide format machines to name a few.

Having an array of both traditional offset printing and digital printing onsite gives us the option to print your job the most productive and economic way for you. Whether it’s a large quantity offset job or short run digital project, every option will have the same high quality finish and quick turnaround.

A growing trend in the print industry is the emergence of digital printing. There had previous been a perception that digital printing delivers a lower quality finish than it’s offset counterpart – a hangover from the nineties and earlier digital print technology. This however is no longer the case. Huge advancements in colour control, options of gloss or matt toners and auto stock calibration systems to name a few, have brought both print techniques side by side in being able to deliver a high quality printed product for you.

Here at The Production House we have kept up with the ever changing landscape of digital print and recently invested in two new machines to go along with our existing fleet of digital printers. The coming weeks will see the introduction of a brand new Konica Minolta C1100 bizhub PRESS and a brand new Fuji Xerox Versant 2100, both the latest machines from each company respectively. These will allow us to continue to offer you high quality, short turnaround print options, including such features as variable data, inline overgloss, envelope printing and packaging solutions.

Keep an eye on our blog for more updates on our exciting shift, new machinery and products spotlights that will put your company ahead of the pack.

Feel free to stop by and say ‘hi’ to the TPH team, and check out our brand new home. As always, keep visiting our other home at TPH.CO.NZ.

Our new street address in Cnr Lodestar Ave and Stark Dr, Wigram, Christchurch (off Parkhouse Rd)