Inkjet Printing Guide

What can we print?

We stock a wide selection of print media for use with our large format pigment inkjet printers. All of the paper we stock is on a roll, with the exception of of the Matt Duo 190gsm double sided paper. The majority of our paper is 36in wide, but there are a select few that are wider and some that are smaller.

Please refer to the following for a detailed list of what we stock: Material Guide

Please note that our inkjet printers use pigment inks. Therefore prints are unsuitable for outdoor presentation without some form of lamination. Water resistant materials printed on the Flatbed can be used outdoors due to its use of UV inks.

Sending Work

To send up print jobs you must simply upload a print ready PDF to our file upload system: SnoWhite

The sections below go over, in more detail, how to export your file from various popular applications as well as the steps for uploading your file to SnoWhite.

Exporting from Photoshop

You must ensure your document is FLAT before you export it, layers may drastically alter the colour and quality of your print.

Once you have completed artworking your work and you are ready to export it:

  1. In Photoshop go to LAYER and then FLATTEN IMAGE. This is the only correct way to ensure your file is flat. Your only layer will be labelled 'Background' and will have a lock next to it.
  2. Go to FILE and then SAVE AS.
  3. In the format drop down select PHOTOSHOP PDF. And then click SAVE.
  4. In the ADOBE PDF PRESET select HIGH QUALITY PRINT. And then click SAVE PDF.

Please also ensure your pdf is sized correctly, as it is your responsibility to make sure the file uploaded to SnoWhite is at the dimensions you want printed.

  1. In Photoshop go to IMAGE and then IMAGE SIZE. Here you can modify the dimensions of your file.

Exporting from InDesign

Before you export it is important to make sure all your image and text LINKS are intact, otherwise your pdf will only provide the low quality preview images. Check this by going to WINDOW and LINKS.

Once you are ready to export:

  1. In InDesign go to FILE and then EXPORT.
  2. In the FORMAT drop down select ADOBE PDF (PRINT). And then click SAVE.
  3. In the ADOBE PDF PRESET select HIGH QUALITY PRINT. And then click SAVE PDF.

Exporting from Illustrator

Once you are ready to export:

  1. In Illustrator go to FILE and then SAVE AS.
  2. In the FORMAT drop down select ADOBE PDF (pdf).
  3. In the ADOBE PDF PRESET select HIGH QUALITY PRINT. Untick ‘Optimize for Fast Web View’. And then click SAVE PDF.

Uploading to SnoWhite

Go to SNOWHITE.

  1. USER LOGIN
  2. SUBMIT FILE
  3. Select UPLOAD PDF and find your PDF. If you have multiple files that are going on the same paper type you can combine your PDFs using Adobe Acrobat or Preview on Mac, see this guide.
  4. Select the TYPE.
  5. Select the MEDIA.
  6. Adjust the COPIES. By default it will be 1.
  7. If you have more info to provide then you can ADD COMMENT.
  8. Finally, SUBMIT JOB.
  9. Check your Snowhite MY PRINTS for up to date comments and details about the status of your prints; also make sure to keep check your emails in case we need to contact you regarding your prints.
  10. You must check MY PAYMENTS for payment references associated with your jobs, in order to pay for them before they are produced.

Paying for SnoWhite Jobs

First you must upload your job(s). Then you must wait for the technicians to create a payment reference for your job(s). You should receive a notification email to indicate this, or you can check your SnoWhite MY PAYMENTS.

  1. USER LOGIN
  2. MY PAYMENTS
  3. Click VIEW REF on the relevant payment reference.
  4. At the top of the payment details are the payment instructions. You must provide the exact listed information (USERNAME, PAYMENT ID, TOTAL COST) and follow the link at CLICK HERE TO PAY to go through to the Online Store where you can then pay.

Important Information

When exporting to PDF scale your work to the exact dimensions you want printed. Snowhite does NOT automatically resize your work. Please consult with a CSC technician prior to uploading if you need help.

We generally print your work with corner crop marks and we do not trim the majority of the work we print. However we can make exceptions for particularly large and mounted work. We can also assist with teaching correct trimming procedure.

Our inkjet machines are not made for large cut sheet print runs, most of our paper is on a roll. Please consult with a CSC technician before uploading if you intend to make items like magazines, booklets, leaflets and business cards. The University’s Southampton Print Centre is a good alternative for this type of printing.

When selecting a custom setting ignore the cost, as it is predicting the per metre pricing. So if you upload a 15 page pdf the price will be way beyond what you will actually end up paying.

Print jobs can take up to 2 working days from submission date to complete. Laser cutting and Flatbed jobs can take up to a week to complete. During peak periods, such as hand in, this time can increase.

External Printing

The Print Centre (UOS)
Exaprint
Moo

Links

Approved Suppliers
Making a PDF
Making a Multiple Page PDF
Print Booklet
Paper Sizes
Wallpaper Printing Guide
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