The Australian Financial Review – Magazines
The Australian Financial Review Magazine is inserted monthly into the Friday edition of The Australian Financial Review.
Fin! Magazine is inserted quarterly into the Friday edition of The Australian Financial Review.
Life & Leisure is inserted weekly into The Australian Financial Review and the AFR Weekend - see Life & Leisure specs here.
- For double page spread ads with type across the gutter, please allow a minimum of 5mm clearance on each side of the spine
- Do not use fine borders around the edge of a bleed advert. We cannot guarantee the absolute accuracy of trimming due to the nature of web offset printing processes
- Mechanical specifications are subject to change without notice. Please confirm with production
- Non Standard Ad Formats subject to availability; refer to your advertising representative for more information
- THE AUSTRALIAN FINANCIAL REVIEW MAGAZINE
- BOSS MAGAZINE
- LUXURY MAGAZINE
- SOPHISTICATED TRAVELLER MAGAZINE
The Australian Financial Review Magazine
Type Area h: 310 w: 250mm Trim Size h: 330 w: 270mm Bleed Area h: 340 w: 280mm
1/2 Horizontal with Bleed
Type Area h: 144 w: 250mm Trim Size h: 164 w: 270mm Bleed Area h: 174 w: 280mm
1/2 Vertical with Bleed
Type Area h: 310 w: 113mm Trim Size h: 330 w: 133mm Bleed Area h: 340 w: 143mm
1/4 Horizontal with Bleed
Type Area h: 60 w: 250mm Trim Size h: 80 w: 270mm Bleed Area h: 90 w: 280mm
1/4 Vertical with Bleed
Type Area h: 144 w: 113mm Trim Size h: 164 w: 133mm Bleed Area h: 174 w: 143mm
1/3 Horizontal with Bleed
Type Area h: 92 w: 250mm Trim Size h: 112 w: 270mm Bleed Area h: 122 w: 280mm
1/3 Vertical with Bleed
Type Area h: 310 w: 71mm Trim Size h: 330 w: 91mm Bleed Area h: 340 w: 101mm
The Australian Financial Review Magazine - Spreads
Double Page Spread
Type Area h: 310 w: 520mm Trim Size h: 330 w: 540mm Bleed Area h: 340 w: 550mm
1/2 Page Spread with Bleed
Type Area h: 144 w: 520mm Trim Size h: 164 w: 540mm Bleed Area h: 174 w: 550mm
1/3 Horizontal Spread with Bleed
Type Area h: 92 w: 520mm Trim Size h: 112 w: 540mm Bleed Area h: 122 x w: 550mm
30mm Strip Spread
Type Area h: 10 w: 520mm Trim Size h: 45 w: 540mm Bleed Area h: 55 w: 550mm
45mm Strip Spread
Type Area h: 25 w: 520mm Trim Size h: 45 w: 540mm Bleed Area h: 55 w: 550mm
The Australian Financial Review Magazine - Non Standard Formats
Horizontal Strip 30mm
Type Area h: 10 w: 250mm Trim Size h: 30 w: 270mm Bleed Area h: 40 w: 280mm
Horizontal Strip 45mm
Type Area h: 25 w: 250mm Trim Size h: 45 w: 270mm Bleed Area h: 55 w: 280mm
The Australian Financial review Magazine - Supplement Sizes
All magazine supplements are bound into the host magazine
1/2 Horizontal with Bleed
Type Area h: 130 w: 250 Trim Area h: 150 w: 270 Bleed Area h: 160 w: 280
Type Area h: 290 w: 250 Trim Area h: 310 w: 270 Bleed Area h: 320 w: 280
Double Page Spread
Type Area h: 290 w: 520 Trim Area h: 310 w: 540 Bleed Area h: 320 w: 550
Iso Category Paper Type 1
Process Computer to Plate. Four colour process
Screen ruling: 133 lpi
Dot structure: Round
- Cyan: 15 degrees
- Magenta: 45 degrees
- Yellow: 90 degrees
- Black: 75 degree
Print Sequence: Black, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow
- Spot Colour: PMS colours must be broken down into CMYK process
- Process Colour: Colour specified in percentages of cyan, magenta, yellow and black.
- Dot Gain: Material should compensate for dot gain of up to 15-20% in the 50% dot area. Ensure midtones are lighter and have more contrast to compensate for the above dot gain. Highlights can also muddy if there is a black dot visible, which will also gain on press.
The first printing highlights should be:
|First printing highlight||3%||2%||2%||0%|
|Midtones||Allow for up to 15-20% dot gain|
|Shadow||Range from 280-340% for cover stock|
Maintaining Grey balance throughout the separation is extremely important for quality four-colour reproduction.
Separations without neutral Greys will reproduce with perceivable colour casts on press. As a general rule for magazine reproduction, Grey balance requires slightly more cyan relative to less amounts of magenta to yellow.
Four Colour Mono Images
Four colour mono images have a tendency to reproduce with colour and tonal shifts and often the result differs to the original proof. We suggest using an achromatic, or GCR, set-up. Increasing the use of black and reducing the other three colours will result in a more neutral image that will reduce the risk of tonal and colour shifts on press.
The total saturation for process colour material should range from 280-300%. This helps compensate for dot gain and allows for maximum shadow detail with minimum ink set-off. Saturation exceeding 300% will not result in darker shadows on magazine stock. It simply leads to excessive set-off and causes shadow areas to plug; thus reducing printed shadow detail. Any single colour not intended to print solid should not exceed 80%. We recommend that large areas of black be at least two colour (100% black, 60% cyan) or four colours.
San serif typefaces are the best choice for reproduction. They reproduce easily with desired readability. Typefaces with thin or delicate serifs and strokes should be avoided. Extremely fine strokes can drop out, while thick strokes can plug on the press.
Because of the ink and stock relationship, small type tends to lose definition on the press. Coloured type or solid backgrounds can print using a single colour at 100%. Should a second or third colour be required, these extra colours should be limited to 95%, keeping within the total ink limit of 300%. This will allow the ink to trap on the press and result in a consistent and balanced printing.
For legibility reasons, consideration should be given when attempting to reproduce type as a light screen tint. For best results, avoid screening type styles with a fine to medium weight and those with serifs.
For optimum results it is suggested that type not overprint a background screen (tint or ghosted image) greater than 30% visual density. This allows for dot gain and provides necessary contrast between text matter and the background image.
Typefaces in reverse
- Typefaces in four colours should be sans serif and bold, no smaller than 10pt.
- Type with serifs or screens, reversed out of a four colour image or colour, should be 10pt or greater in size, otherwise the material will not be accepted. This allows for slight variances in register while maximising legibility.
- Any reverse type should be limited to two colours maximum. For contrast and readability, reverse type should not be positioned within screened areas less than 50%, or in yellow or other light coloured backgrounds.
- Minimum width 0.125mm (0.005 inch) with a maximum of two colours overprinting.
- Avoid line art less than 1 pt.
Magazines are printed on 3DAP paper type 1. For more detailed information, please refer to nzentrepreneurs.org/
Ensure the paper size and advertisement size are the same. Registration and trim marks are not required.
Creating Your PDF
Documents submitted to Fairfax must be saved as a PDF. PDF files must be created with a PostScript application. PDF versions higher than V1.3 are not supported.
- Press ready, high resolution PDF files
- Save the file as an EPS out of your native program (Acrobat Distiller ) and create the PDF
- PDFs from Word, Excel, Publisher or Powerpoint are not acceptable
- PDFs from Adobe Photoshop are not acceptable
- Fully rasterised PDF’s from, or placed in any application are not accepted, due to extremely poor reproduction of fonts
- PDFs created from native programs such as InDesign and Illustrator are acceptable
- Please use the below link to download our Nine PDF Joboptions, these can be used to create PDFs to Nine Specification. Compatible with native pagemaker applications and Acrobat Distiller
- Nine PDF Joboptions
Loading PDF Job Options Instructions
1. Save the Joboptions file to your desktop, by clicking on the link above.
2. This can be loaded into Acrobat Distiller and a PDF can be created from an EPS.
In Indesign go to drop down menu file > Adobe PDF presets > Define > load > select the 'NinePublishing' job options file from your desktop > done.
In Illustrator go to drop down menu edit > Adobe PDF presets > Import > load > select the 'NinePublishing' job options file from your desktop > ok.
3. Indesign - To create the PDF go to drop down menu File > Export > Adobe PDF > Save and select 'NinePublishing' from the 'Adobe PDF presets' drop down window window, then click Export.
Illustrator - To create the PDF go to drop down menu File > Save As > Adobe PDF > Save and select 'NinePublishing' from the 'Adobe PDF presets' drop down window window, then click Save PDF..
This will output the file using the Nine Publishing specifications and create a 1.3 version PDF.
Photoshop colour settings
A Colour Settings File (CSF) has been developed to use Photoshop to enable effective image conversion from RGB to CMYK or RGB to Greyscale. In converting the image this file will also adjust maximum ink weight and incorporate Grey Component Replacement (GCR) settings for newsprint.
These inserts specifications apply for inserting commercial products into all Nine owned and printed publications. The key to a successful insert campaign for your clients is to follow the product recommendations and guidelines.
For full details on the requirements for inserts download the Insert Requirements.
For full details on specifications for inserts download the Insert Specifications.
Packaging and Delivery
Nine have designed their packaging requirements to maximise the chance of the inserts arriving at the plant in good condition and therefore providing the best opportunity for a successful insert. For full delivery details download the Packing and Delivery Instructions.
We do not accept material directly via email. For a full list of acceptable delivery methods refer to Delivery Methods.
For information on material deadlines for AFR Magazine & Fin, please review the table below.