Frequently asked questions

Is my job suitable for digital or litho printing?

Most small-run jobs using digital source files are suitable for printing in-house on our digital printers. Litho printing relies on water and ink, and is used for professional, high-quality jobs with large print runs. We assess all jobs and offer you the best, most cost-effective solution.

How should I supply files? 

For high-quality printed documents, you should supply a high-resolution PDF file (at least 300 dpi, or dots per inch). You should also allow for trimming by selecting the trim option when you save your file for print. If your artwork includes images that extend to the edge of the page, known as full bleed, you should allow for a 3-5mm bleed margin. You should not include any important information in the bleed area.

Print Services can set up print-ready files for you at a cost of £40 an hour.

Is your printing environmentally friendly?

Yes. We use recycled paper or paper from sustainable sources. We also recycle all of our waste paper and by-products.

How to use the print submission system

My job has more than one file. Can I merge them before I send them?

Yes. Upload the files you want to merge. Choose the library tab; select the appropriate files; and press the merge icon. You can also add blank pages and/or change the order of the files.

Can I submit more than one file per request?

Please ensure that you only place one print order per job request.

When do I receive a job number?

When you confirm your order, you will receive a job number, which will also be emailed to you. To track the order, select the 'Orders' option in the print submission system.

What file types can I send?

High-resolution PDF files.

How do I arrange a department-funded student hand-in?

Contact us at print-services@bristol.ac.uk; we will modify the Print Submission system to accommodate the job. The system will then guide you through the necessary steps, including specifying print and finishing requirements, and managing the associated financial arrangements.