A5 Magazine Print Specifications and Advert Sizes

  • A5-BasicNEW All files should be in Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) version 1.3, preferred PDF files from QuarkXPress or InDesign using Pass4Press PDF settings.
  • All transparency and layers flattened.
  • Magazine settings differ from the Newsprint settings in just four areas . . . Transparency Flattener is 2400 and 600; Images, 300 dpi for contones and a minimum 600 dpi (max. 1200) for lineart; Total Ink Limit in images is 300%.
  • Fonts should be embedded/subset and should be PostScript Type1, TrueType or OpenType
  • CMYK Colour only (No spot / Pantone  colour or RGB colour)
  • Magazine image resolution 300dpi
  • Magazine TAC 300%, the use of ISOcoated_v2_300_eci.icc is recommended.
  • Neither custom transfer functions nor custom halftones should be used
  • Crop, Bleed and Trim marks must not be used, unless it is for a full page advert or double page spread.
  • Please allow 6mm to be trimmed out of the centre of the double page spread advert when supplying at 308mm width, and keep all important information 20mm from centre-line due to binding.  The A5 DPS guide can be found here
  • N.b. If the full page advert or double page spread could be mistaken for editorial, it has to state ‘PROMOTIONAL FEATURE’ on the top of the advert.

How to install ICC profiles on your Windows computer
Right click on the ICC Profile once downloaded and select “Install Profile”.
Any applications (such as Adobe InDesign / Adobe Photoshop etc) that will use the profiles must be restarted to see the new profiles.

How to install ICC profiles on your computer – Apple / Mac
The ICC profile must be placed in the correct folder for your software to use them. (Macintosh HD > Library > Colorsync > Profiles)
Any applications (such as Adobe InDesign / Adobe Photoshop etc) that will use the profiles must be restarted to see the new profiles.

Photoshop – Warning
Photoshop is an excellent tool for image editing and colour correction, but is not recommended for creating PDFs for print as all text and logos will be rasterised.

• Full Press Specifications
• Archant Colour Guide
• Guide to Designing with Black Ink
• Screen Calibration and Softproofing

Adobe InDesign idml Templates (right click /save as)
28x8 Double Page spread with Bleed (trim size 210mm high x 296mm wide) Please add Marks and Bleed settings on export
28x4 Full Page advert with Bleed (trim size 210mm high x 148mm wide) Please add Marks and Bleed settings on export
28x2 Half Page Vertical (184mm high x 63mm wide) No crop / bleed or trim marks allowed
14x4 Half Page Horizontal (90mm high x 130mm wide) No crop / bleed or trim marks allowed
14x2 Quarter Page Vertical (90mm high x 63mm wide) No crop / bleed or trim marks allowed
9x4 Third Page Horizontal (60mm high x 130mm wide) No crop / bleed or trim marks allowed 
9x2 (60mm high x 63mm wide) No crop / bleed or trim marks allowed
7x4 (45mm high x 130mm wide) No crop / bleed or trim marks allowed
7x2 (45mm high x 63mm wide) No crop / bleed or trim marks allowed