File guidelines

COG Promo will only accept the following formats as final artwork. Artwork which does not adhere to these specifications will incur artwork charges.

  • Adobe Acrobat (PDF) version XI or below (PDF)
  • Adobe Photoshop version CC or below (PSD or TIFF)
  • Adobe Illustrator version CC or below (AI, EPS, PDF)
  • Adobe InDesign version CC or below (INDD)
  • COG Promo accepts files in PC or MAC format.
  • All images must be saved in CMYK at 300dpi.
  • Make sure all colours are nominated correctly as PMS or CMYK.
  • Where possible, please convert your text to outlines or curves.
  • Please supply us with all relevant files, including fonts and links (graphics)

Artwork Specifications

Image Text and Trims

All non bleed images and text should be kept at least 3mm from the trim to ensure trim tolerances are maintained.


Solid black areas should be made up of 75% Cyan, 68% Magenta, 67% Yellow and 90% Black to give a strong deep colour.

Pre Press Guidelines


Acrobat Distiller settings and InDesign templates for standard products are available from the COG Promo Prepress department.

PDF Compliance

    • Please use PDF Version 1.4.
    • Ensure all files are flattened (flattening options turned on).
    • Supply multiple page PDF with 1 up artwork on each page.
    • Supply with crop marks and 2mm minimum bleed.
    • Ensure artwork is centered in document.
    • Text and non-bleed images should be kept 3mm from trims.

    Font Usage

    All fonts must be embedded, or you can outline fonts before creating a PDF to avoid issues.

    Graphic/Images elements checklist

        • Bitmaps images supplied at 400dpi.
        • CMYK images supplied (no RGB, LAB, PMS colours).
        • Combined colour ink density should not exceed 300%.
        • No ICC colour profiles will be used.

        Flight Check

        We strongly recommend that a flight checking application is used to check the integrity of the PDF prior to sending to COG Promo.

        Storage of Files

        PDF’s will remain on the COG Promo system for 1 week following printing. COG Promo does not undertake archiving and retrieval of customer data.

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