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Do you check spelling before going to print?

If supplying print ready files we will NOT check spelling, or check that addresses and phone numbers are correct. It is the customer’s responsibility to ensure that all text content within the file(s) is correct. If we have designed and produced the final artwork we run a basic spell check. We offer an external proof checking service, this will be quoted on a per job basis, additional time must be allowed for this process. Hoggett Creative cannot under any circumstances accept responsibility for errors appearing once final artwork is approved by the client.

Do you print white label?
Yes, we are able to print white label.
Can I use an image for print or web if I don't own it?
You must have permission for any material (e.g. bank notes, cartoon characters, maps, and other companys’ logos or trademarks) in your design, please check the copyright before using. Hoggett Creative will not take any responsibility for supplied images.
Will the final job look as it does on my screen?
There are a number of factors to consider with regard the finished look of your job. Due to the limitations of colour computer displays, tablets and mobile phones any supplied pdf or similar visual files are merely representations and do not constitute finished artwork. If colour accuracy is important please contact our studio on 01461 206781 / info@hoggettcreative.co.uk or call in to the studio at Bridge House, 7 High Street,Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 6AD.
Are you VAT registered?

Yes, Hoggett Creative Limited are VAT registerd. Our number is 247820103 and we supply invoices with VAT broked down.

Sounds like a daft question, but how much does print cost to market my business?

No, it's not a daft question at all. We do need to know your budget and what you want to acheive with it.

Once we know this we can advise if litho (traditional wet print) is possible or more suited to digital print (dry toner). With the development of digital print and the wide range of papers types and weights the difference between the two is ???. We can know look

Don't forget we can also produce the artwork and would also need a budget for this.

For help and advise please contact us on 01461 206781 / info@hoggettcreative.co.uk or call in to the studio at Bridge House, 7 High Street, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 6AD.

Do we have to write a design brief?

No, but they do help. Below are the sort of questions that might help with your design project...

  • What does your business do?
  • What are your goals and why?
  • Who is the target market?
  • What copy (text) and pictures are needed?
  • What are the specifications? print run, size, image requirements etc.
  • What is your budget and deadline?
Do you supply free design concepts or pitch your ideas?

We think free design concepts or pitching is bad business practice. The process keeps our designer away from the client, which prevents informed thinking and removes the benefits of collaboration. It might feel like you're spreading the risk, but in reality you're getting a larger number of weaker solutions.

We're happy to work with you to help give you any reassurance you may need.

What is bleed?

Bleed is required when images, colour or text go right to the edge of your page. To create a bleed simply extend your image(s), colour(s) or text 3mm over the edge of the page. If you supply final artwork for print without bleed we may enlarge it to cater for this. If you have text close to the edge it may be cut off once the file has been enlarged.

For help and advice please contact us on 01461 206781 / info@hoggettcreative.co.uk or call in to the studio at Bridge House, 7 High Street, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 6AD.

Do you require crop marks and trim box?

Yes - please always make your final PDF with crop marks. These should be software-generated and added at the PDF-making stage (by ticking the ‘Crop Marks’ option). Please also try to ensure your PDF has a trimbox. This can be checked by going to Preferences, Page Display, Page Content and Information, then ticking ‘Show Art Trim and Bleed Boxes’. The trimbox will show up as a green line (or may show up as red if the artbox is in the same position as the trimbox). If your PDF does not have a trimbox, this can be set by selecting the Crop tool, double-clicking on the PDF, then under Crop Margins change ‘Crop Box’ to ‘Trim Box’ then set the correct values. If your trimbox should be 3mm in from the PDF page edges for example, then set Top, Bottom, Left and Right Values as 3mm.

For help and advice please contact our studio on 01461 206781 / info@hoggettcreative.co.uk or call in to the studio at Bridge House, 7 High Street,Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 6AD.

How big do my images need to be?

Try to ensure all images in your design file are high-res, the standard for which is 300dpi (dots per inch). The lower the dpi the worse your image(s) will look when printed, so please bear this in mind when scanning, manipulating or sourcing images for your job. PLEASE NOTE: Images and logos saved from websites are most likely to be between 72-96dpi and are therefore unsuitable for print. For help and advice please contact our studio on 01461 206781 / info@hoggettcreative.co.uk or call in to the studio at Bridge House, 7 High Street,Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 6AD.

Can I design with large areas of solid block colour?

Please try to avoid using large areas of solid colour in your designs as this can be prone to banding. Please try to use fills which consist of two or more colours.

For help and advise please contact us on 01461 206781 / info@hoggettcreative.co.uk or call in to the studio at Bridge House, 7 High Street, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 6AD.

Can I print RGB Colours?

NO - do NOT use RGB colour in full colour jobs as the resulting colour may not be as expected once converted to CMYK for print.

For help and advice please contact us on 01461 206781 / info@hoggettcreative.co.uk or call in to the studio at Bridge House, 7 High Street, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 6AD.

Assistance required for printing Spot Colours.

Ensure all colours in spot colour jobs are assigned Pantone colours (or are ‘Black’). CMYK and RGB colour used in spot colour jobs will result in your job being rejected.

PLEASE NOTE: Do not use fountain fills in spot colour jobs as this will cause your job to be rejected. When Pantone colours are converted to CMYK for full colour printing a change in colour is inevitable, it is impossible to exactly replicate spot colours using CMYK inks. Similarly, with RGB images, when they are converted to CMYK, there is a colour shift. Allow for this colour shift when designing your job.

Whats the best way to print black?

All black text and fills have the colour value C0 M0 Y0 K100. Try to keep text below 12pt in black whenever possible, as small coloured text may not look as sharp once printed. Large solid areas of black can be ‘beefed up’ with the addition of cyan, magenta and yellow (C40 M20 Y20 K100) resulting in a deeper looking black known as ‘rich black or super black’. Occasionally we outsource to specialist suppliers, they may require black to be made with the addition of 60% Cyan (C60 M0 Y0 K100). We will inform clients if this is the case as soon as possible to prevent any delays in artwork production.

For help and advice please contact our studio on 01461 206781 / info@hoggettcreative.co.uk or call in to the studio at Bridge House, 7 High Street,Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 6AD.

 

What is litho print?

Litho is traditional wet print stsyem that required plates to transfere an image on to paper. Each colour is printed seperatly. Litho is ideal for larger print runs (1,000 and over) because of the set-up cost and time. Litho used Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black and also spot colours ideal for large areas of block colours and/or specialist finishes (metallic or florecent).

For help and advice please contact us on 01461 206781 / info@hoggettcreative.co.uk or call in to the studio at Bridge House, 7 High Street, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 6AD.

What is digital print and is the quality poor?

Firstly the quality is hard to tell between traditional and digital print, this is helped by the development of dedicated paper types and wide range of papers weights available. The big difference is price, digital print is charged by the amount of sheets going through the machine. Digital print is ideal for small print runs and print on demand because of quick set-up and turnround timescale.

For help and advice please contact us on 01461 206781 / info@hoggettcreative.co.uk or call in to the studio at Bridge House, 7 High Street, Annan, Dumfries & Galloway DG12 6AD.

What size are your postcards?

Postacrds are based on A6 size. Below are all the standard UK paper sizes.

A1 = 594mm x 841mm, SRA2 = 450mm x 640mm, A2 = 420mm x 594mm, SRA3 = 320mm x 450mm, A3 = 297mm x 420mm, A4 = 297mm x 210mm, A5 = 148mm x 210mm, DL = 98mm x 210mm, A6 = 105mm x 148mm, Business Card = 85mm x 55

Please remember bleed of 3mm if your supplying final artwork.