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File specifications

How to prepare your layouts for ordering

Data check

Your data will be checked for its technical usability for printing, free of charge, by our data check team. If the check throws up a problem, you will receive an error message to the email address given in the order process and a notification via text message if you have specified a mobile number. You will then be given the opportunity to upload corrected data or – if technically possible with the problem observed – to give your approval for printing.

Data sheets & downloads: Many of our products have individual data sheets than can be downloaded directly during the order process. For die-cut print products such as folders, you can find the appropriate layout templates in our download area.

Please note: After a third delivery of erroneous data, due to the extra effort, we will charge €10 for each additional check. We thank you for understanding.

Attention! Spelling and design cannot be considered during the data check.

Tolerances

For technical reasons, every stage of the production can be subject to deviations of up to 1 mm.

Preview data

It is always possible to send us a preview file together with your print order, for additional processing needs. Especially for more complex orders (e.g. folds, rounded corners, perforations), an unambiguous preview file can help clarify your requests. Misunderstandings can thus be avoided.

Format

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 using 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.

Exceptions:

Brochure, 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

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.

Exceptions:

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.

Bleed

After printing, your product will be cut from the large combination run sheet. Trimming can be subject to slight deviations of up to 1 mm. To avoid white gaps occurring, create a 2 mm wide bleed around the final format, onto which the motif extends.

Packaging, canvas prints and various gift items are exceptions here. The exact details on bleed can be found in the corresponding data sheets.

Anschnitt

Safety margins

For all objects that mustn’t be trimmed, we recommend a minimum safety margin of 2 mm inside the final format.

Sicherheitsabstand

Frames and borders

Frames, borders or outlines that are positioned directly on the final format should have a minimum width of 4 mm within the cut edge.

Please note:

  • Cutting tolerances of up to 1 mm cannot be avoided in combination printing.
  • For frame widths of less than 4 mm, slightest deviations are visually very noticeable.

Rahmen und Umrandung

Resolution

For printing purposes, the standard resolution is 300 dpi for colour and grey-scale images, or 1200 dpi for bitmaps and line patterns.

The more pixels per inch (ppi) an image has, the better the quality in terms of sharpness and detail. If your layout does not have the required resolution, you can have the image recalculated. Please note that your data will only be interpolated, i.e. matching pixels will be added. This usually results in a loss of quality.

If you reduce or enlarge a raster image at constant resolution, the image quality will also decrease. This applies both to recalculation in Photoshop and to scaling in a layout program. To preserve the image quality, use the maximum quality of the JPG compression.

Our recommended resolution for:

Large formats from DIN A2: min. 200 dpi
All other products: min. 300 dpi
Patterns/bitmaps (1 bit): min. 1200 dpi

Please save pictures as follows:

JPEG/JPG: Baseline/Baseline (Standard), maximum quality
TIFF/TIF: Zip compression

Fonts

Recommended minimum size: 8 pt (depending on font and font style). We recommend setting small continuous text at 100 % black.

Please note: Black text that is smaller than 8 pt is automatically overprinted. If this is not desired, please convert the font into paths and set them to knockout (100 % black [K]).

Line weights

Monochrome lines:

Positive (dark line on light background): min. 0.25 pt (0.09 mm)
Negative (light line on dark background): min. 0.5 pt (0.18 mm)

Multi-coloured lines:

Positive (dark line on light background): min. 0.5 pt (0.18 mm)
Negative (light line on dark background): min. 0.5 pt (0.18 mm)

Attention! When resizing vector elements, the contour width is often scaled proportionally. Make sure that the contour width does not fall below the specified values after scaling.