Digital Mini Artwork Guidelines

Use this guide to set up a digital mini for printing. Read our digital printing guide for essential information before designing your newspaper, and the glossary for an explanation of any unfamiliar words.

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Page size

  • Set up your document to the size of one page - width 170mm x height 250mm.


  • Add 5mm bleed to the top, bottom and outside edge of each page. Your document size including bleed should be width 175mm x height 260mm.
  • Don’t add bleed to the inside edge of your pages.

Safe area

Trimming isn’t exact, so we have defined a safe area, where you can place artwork and be sure that it won’t be trimmed. The safe area starts 10mm from the trim line, at the top, bottom and outside edge of each page.


  • Minimum 16 pages, maximum 64 pages
  • Pages must be in multiples of 8

A word about trimming and bleed...

Trimming isn’t exact so follow these guidelines to make sure your newspaper looks good:

  • Make sure any backgrounds that you want to go to the edge of the page, completely fill the bleed, to avoid white lines around the edge of your artwork.
  • Avoid having straight lines running parallel to the trim line, as these can enhance any wonky trimming.
  • Anything outside the safe area may be trimmed.


Read our digital printing guide for essential information on colours in digital printing.

  • CMYK or greyscale.
  • No spot colours.
  • Black and white photos/artwork can be set to print CMYK or greyscale.
  • All blacks are printed CMYK so blacks can be set to print either 100%K or rich black.
  • Colour profiles - You can use any generic CMYK colour profile. We will manage colour before printing, to reduce ink coverage to an acceptable level for newsprint.

Text and images

Image resolution

  • We recommend you set your image resolution between 150dpi and 300dpi - for more information see our guide to image resolution.

Minimum font size

  • The smallest font size we recommend is 8pt, although some fonts may print well at smaller sizes.

Export guide

  • Export your PDF as single pages, in reading order, with 5mm bleed added to the top, bottom and outside edge of each page and no crop marks.
  • See our export guide for full instructions.

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