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I’m Alec from Fineline and I want to help those of you who have ever had difficulty in sending large print files via email.

It’s happened to us all at some time or other. There we are, working away on a document which you know is easily small enough to email to your print provider but then you come over all creative.

All of a sudden, your imagination runs riot and you start piling in with memory hungry graphics. But before you know it, your file size isn’t 1MB anymore but 10 or 15MB and maybe then some.

The trouble is, you only realise that your file is too large to email once you are ready to go to print and your deadline is looming … fast!

But don’t worry because there are several options open to you and, we’re going to take a quick look at those most likely to be of help to you.

And these are:

  • Cloud based file transfers
  • Dropbox
  • FTP (File Transfer Protocol) 


1: Cloud based file transfers.

If you’re really stuck, cloud-based systems are a real life-saver and here are just three of them out there:

We Transfer: 

Mail Big File: 



I’d recommend taking a look at all three, but my personal favourite is We Transfer. You don’t need to sign up and create an account and … you can send up to 2GB free. 

In the case of We Transfer – all you’ll be asked to do is type in your email, your recipient’s email and then drag and drop your print file. Once you hit the “Transfer” button, your file will be on its way.

In all likelihood, it’ll take you longer to attach your file and enter your and the recipient’s emails than it will to send. It really is that straightforward.


2: Dropbox

Don’t worry, you don’t have to have your own Dropbox account. If you have, that’s great but if you haven’t then check to see if your print provider does.

If they do, all they’ll need to do is to set up a private folder for you and then share access. Once that’s been actioned, you can sign in and drop the print files in the folder provided. 

It should be very straightforward, but you are relying one someone else to set the folder up and grant you access rights. 


3: FTP or File Transfer Protocol

FTP is a rather complicated name for an upload button on your print provider’s website. 

If they do have an upload facility it shouldn’t involve anything more than difficult than logging on to their website and uploading your file. You’ll probably need a username and password but that should be provided to you.


So, here we have it. Sending large files over the internet really is quite straightforward – when you know how! And I hope these three life-savers will useful next time you’ve got a squillion megabyte file which needs to be sent to your printer.


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