Artwork Manual

Artwork manual Record Industry BV

General information

Always supply a printout, preferably both composite and colour separated. If you supply your artwork via FTP/upload, please provide a PDF as a reference for our print house. Please send this jpeg to Record Industry Spain as well. We can’t start production without a reference.

Make sure that white text/images are not on overprint.

All artwork must be supplied in Adobe Acrobat / PDF 5.0 <

– Supply a high resolution PDF, PDF version 1.3

– Embed all used fonts (no subsets!)

– Check your PDF both on screen as well as on a print for overprint and transparency settings.

– If PDF documents contain spot colours, please assign the correct raster settings.

– Always supply composite and colour separated printouts.

– When saving a Highres PDF, please make sure that the layout is centred both horizontal and vertical in the PDF

Use of colours

Please make sure that full colour artwork is supplied with all your images in CMYK mode and not in RGB.

When spot colours are used please mention the (Pantone) colour codes, which have been used.

Make sure these codes are named consistently throughout all documents. For example make sure there are no additional Pantone 877CV and Pantone 877CVC references if the required colour is to be

Pantone 877C. A platemaker will interpret these as separate colours and will make a new plate for

each of them, which means the customer will incur extra costs. Preferably do not use the extensions C,

CV or CVC at all.


Preferably supply your barcode in black, if this is not possible, place the barcode in a dark colour (not red) on a white background. Do not use red or any light colours!

Please take into account an extra printrun is needed when the colour separation in the artwork does not allow for correct reproduction of the Barcode. This means the customer will incur extra costs.

Do not place a barcode in negative.

If the barcode is not in the artwork and the print house needs to insert one on your request by a supplied


numerical code, please mention clearly which type of barcode needs to be inserted.


For Europe the standard barcode is EAN, with the exception of the UK where UPC is more usual.


We will send a PDF of the artwork with the inserted barcode for your approval. After approval the artwork will be taken into production. Ensuring the barcode is correct and readable (by a barcode reader) is the responsibility of the customer, not Record Industry BV




Add a 2.5 mm bleed around the design. If you do not respect this, text or images may be cut off.


This means that the size of the separate documents (including the necessary bleed) will have a diameter of


105 mm. To be a 100 % sure that round text will not be cut off, you need to position it within a circle with a diameter of 96 mm.


The measurements of the document are: 105 mm (width) x 210 mm (height); A label top, B label bottom.


Ask your designer to clearly mark ‘A-‘ and ‘B side’ on the reference print or PDF. When C- and D sides are applicable, please supply them in a new document.


Explanation of the 12″ template (for 7″ labels please check our website


—— ø 105 mm (Including 2,5 mm bleed)


—— ø 100 mm (The actual size of the design)


—— ø 96 mm (When you make sure the (round) text is placed within this diameter; it will not be cut off)




Sleeves are cut and folded by machine. Please allow a certain tolerance in your artwork. Add a 3 mm bleed around your design to avoid white edges on the area where the sleeve is folded.


On a side opener the image, on both front- and backside, needs to be placed standing up, with its ‘head upwards. (See illustration 1)

On a side opener the image, on both front- and backside, needs to be placed standing up, with its ‘head’


upwards. (See illustration 1)


On a top opener the image on the backside needs to be rotated 90 degrees counter clockwise (with it’s ‘head’ facing left). The image on the front side of the sleeve needs to be rotated 90 degrees clockwise (with its ‘head’ facing right). (See illustration 2)


Please ask for the correct templates.


—— The red line indicates the total size, including bleed.


—— The blue line indicates the trim size of the sleeve.

—— Place text and logos within the green lines (no type area).


Example of 12″ sleeve 3 mm spine template

Extra Charges


If a client requires a colour proof or a PDF proof


Please ask for any extra information you will require to save time and for everyone.

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