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Data delivery

How to prepare your layouts for ordering

Supported file formats

We require PDF files for all our print products.

The online designer allows you to order certain products for which image data (jpeg, png, tiff) can be processed.

Please note: Do not upload compressed folders (zip, rar, tar etc.).

PDF settings

We work with the Adobe PDF Print Engine (APPE) and the PDF/X-4 standard.

PDF standard: PDF/X-4:2010
PDF version: PDF 1.6
password protection:
Not allowed
Transparencies: Allowed, reduction not necessary
Colour mode: CMYK
Fonts: Embed (recommended) or convert to paths
Print marks: Not necessary

The following elements are not printed:

  • PDF comments/notes (3D, audio, video, images, text)
  • PDF form fields
  • JavaScript
  • Transfer curves
  • OPI comments

Please note: PDF/X-1 and PDF/X-3 files can also be processed in our PDF/X-4 workflow, as can PDF files that are not PDF/X-compliant. However, we recommend that you supply all PDF files in the PDF/X-4 standard.

PDF preflight in Adobe Acrobat Professional

Adobe Acrobat provides three tools to check your PDF file: Overprint Preview, Output Preview and Preflight.

Advanced -> Print Production -> Overprint Preview / Output Preview / Preflight

These tools let you check your ink coverage, view the colours used and check your data for errors using a preflight. The overprint preview should always be on.


Preflight allows you to check your PDF file for errors.

Load profiles: Preflight -> Options -> Import Preflight Profile (download)

Double-click to check your PDF file.

Output preview and ink coverage

With the output preview, you receive an overview of all colours used in your document (CMYK colours and possible full-tone colours).

Select a simulation profile:

ISOcoated_v2_eci.icc for coated papers

PSO_Uncoated_ISO12647_eci.icc for uncoated papers

Download colour profiles

We use these profiles when making your product.

If elements contain colours from other colour spaces, they are displayed using CMYK values. These colour values are not binding for printing, because the colours are not converted! By clicking "Display" in the output preview, elements from different colour spaces (e.g. RGB) can be displayed separately.

By clicking "Total Area Coverage" you can check the ink coverage of your file. In offset printing, this should not exceed 330 % on coated papers and 300 % on uncoated papers.

You can also use our preflight profiles to check your PDF file for low-resolution images (below 300 dpi) and non-embedded fonts. As soon as we have received your full order, our prepress team will carefully review your data for print production usability. Should there be technical errors in your document, you will receive an error message by email.

Data upload

Data up to a size of 150 MB can be transmitted when ordering. If you wish to transfer larger files, please contact our service team.

Upload size during ordering: max. 150 MB per file
Upload size for corrected data: max. 150 MB per file

Attention! The thumbnails generated during data upload are for guidance only. They are not colour-consistent and show only a part of your data.


Please set up your print data in an open (unfolded) format, plus bleed, and with a consistent page orientation.

Minimum order format for unfolded products:

40 x 40 mm (Smaller formats are only feasible with a die-cut.)

Folded products:

For folded products, the closed minimum format is 74 x 75 mm.

If the fold is parallel to the short side, the result is an opened minimum format of 148 x 75 mm.


Brochures, perfect binding: separate files for cover and inner part

Cover: two pages (outside and inside) in open (unfolded) format

Inner part: continuous single pages


Pages depend on the printing option selected (on one side or on both sides). You can upload up to two single-page print files or one file with two pages (exception: brochures).

Printing options:

Two-sided: 2 pages (1/1, 2/1, 2/2, 4/4, 5/4, 5/5 colour)
One-sided: 1 page (1/0, 2/0, 4/0, 5/0 colour)

Please note: Empty pages that are not part of the design must be removed from the PDF document.


Brochures, saddle-stitch binding: cover and inner part in one file (PDF) with continuous single pages

Brochures, perfect binding: separate files for cover and inner part

Cover: two pages (outside and inside) in open (unfolded) format

Inner part: continuous single pages

Page orientation

Please pay attention to a uniform orientation of the format and a correct rotation of the pages to each other. Detailed instructions on page position can be found in this manual.

Please note: With uniform orientation of the format, we will use your data as delivered – the position of the pages to each other will not be corrected automatically.