How to send your artwork? – Send artwork, regardless of file size

As anyone dealing with print ready artwork on a regular basis will tell you, sending artwork files across the internet both to customers and suppliers can become time consuming, tiresome & often just out right frustrating. You have probably come across issues yourself. All to often you will experience bounce backs, send failures and other issues. All you want to do is send your artwork from A to B. It can’t be that hard really can it?

Why can’t I send artwork over via E-mail?

There can be lots of reasons as to why your emails might not be getting through. Wrong email addresses, spam filters and protection software often cause issues, but by far the most common issue is file size exceeding limits. So how can you avoid this? When sending artwork via email you may find that if is size is anything over 10MB (The current Industry standard) your recipients email service provider may have a filter on their email blocking your email. Some services such as Gmail will allow you to send files of up to 25MB but unless they are being send to another Gmail account chances are they will be blocked by the incoming service.

So what does this all mean? Essentially if you are looking to send artwork of 10MB or over Email is not a good option and you need to look for another solution.

So what other options do I have for sending artwork?

FTP Services

FTP transfer tools are a well established, efficient and secure way of transferring files over the internet. Unfortunately they require a more than basic understanding of the process on both ends, are reasonably involved and more time consuming than other alternatives. As a consequence they have fallen out of favour for most day to day file transfer needs.

Temporary Storage

Temporary storage options have becoming increasingly popular in recent years, offering increasingly easy to use interfaces for relatively low expense, or in some cases for free. They work by uploading your artwork onto a third party service where it is stored ready for download for a short period of time, usually a few weeks before being deleted. Many of these services offer a premium service for more advanced power users, although most people will find the free offerings more than adequate. All of this makes temporary storage options are ideal for quick one off transfers where you don’t need to set up a dedicated system.

Long Term Storage Options

Long term transfer systems offer a comprehensive and full featured option that may very well fit in well for those of you that need to send artwork on a regular basis. They are usually very easy to set up and integrate with your operating system to make sharing seemless. Remote collaboration with others on your artwork can also be facilitated very easily using this solution.

Which transfer method should i use to send my artwork?

FTP Services

With password protection FTP services are perfect for transferring artwork and files with sensitive information on them. They do generally require more setting up than the other options, so some tech knowledge and know-how is useful. The potential to integrate FTP folders into your computers own filesystem can be a benefit and draw for some.

  • Security
  • OS Integration
  • Ease of Use
  • Additional Features
  • Security
  • OS Integration
  • Ease of Use
  • Additional Features

Temporary Storage

Quick and easy to use, temporary storage options can be perfect for sending artwork to collaborators. Many options offer download receipts so you know when the file(s) have been received. As the link is being sent directly to the people you want to receive them you do have a degree of protection however, there is nothing to stop people sharing that download link with others. Some of the most popular options for temporary storage include WeTransfer & SendSpace

Long Term Storage Options

Long term storage options such as Google Drive & Dropbox Offer far more than a simple file transfer service. They can be used as an online filesystem, a collaboration platform and back-up system all in one. The downside with these options is that their free offerings are somewhat limited. Dropbox only has a 2GB total limit whilst google drive is currently at 15GB. Fortunately both do offer rather substantial extensions, although it will cost you.

  • Security
  • OS Integration
  • Ease of Use
  • Additional Features

Things to double check before uploading

When uploading your artwork it can be beneficial to double check a few things before sending it over to ensure that it is print ready and will look the best it possibly can…

File type

It is important to ensure that your artwork is a suitable one for printing. Ideally it wants to be a press-quality PDF, however we can usually work with Indesign files, Photoshop and Illustrator files. Whilst many other types of files will be workable they are less likely to achieve optimal results.

Resolution

To ensure a high quality printed product all images on your artwork need to be at least 300dpi. Whilst 72dpi may look good on screen it does not make for good print replication.

Bleed

Bleed is the area beyond the trimmed area on the printed product. It is crucial to ensure that it is included on every printed product. Failure to do so can end up with very messy and unprofessional looking edges. In some cases it is possible to either artificially create bleed where adding it is not an option, or to slightly under trim it, essentially using the edge of the artwork as bleed, although neither is optimal practice. To find out more about bleed, following the link to a more in depth article here.

 

How to Send Artwork to Neworth

Many print & design companies will have a file transfer system already set up and integrated into their website. To save you the hastle of trying to find and use one yourself. Newnorth is no exception. We have a designated file upload page which you may wish to bookmark for later use here. Or you can have ago at sending your artwork now from the upload box located here.

How to use the file upload service

1: In the top box please enter your E-mail address

2: Enter the name of your job and any message that you feel appropriate

3: Click on one of the choose file buttons to upload your file (Up to 5)

4: Then simply click the send this file button to begin the file transfer

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How to use the different services to send your artwork

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