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Artwork Requirements

Please create your artwork according to our requirements described below. Unfortunately, in case they are not observed we cannot assume any liability for the printing result.

File formats
Please send your artwork in PDF format. Though we can accept TIF or JPG file, PDF format is preferred. Please send your artwork in chronological order either as PDF, TIF or JPG file, starting with the first page (1, 2, 3, 4 etc.).

Exception: Magazines with adhesive binding. For this product please create your artwork as multipage PDF file. JPG and TIF files can be converted for an additional charge.

Artwork created with image editing programmes
Artwork that has been created with an image editing programme such as Photoshop can only be sent as TIF or JPG file. Furthermore, please also observe the following:

- reduce to background layer
- no alpha channels
- no clipping paths

This also applies to Photoshop files which have been placed in a layout programme.

TIF
- reduce to background layer
- alpha channels are not allowed
- clipping paths are not allowed
- save without compression, pixel array interleaved

JPG
- only use standard JPG format, e.g. not JPG 2000
- save with maximum quality and baseline (standard)

PDF
You can upload single files as well as a multipage PDF file.
Please note that it is not possible to send a multipage PDF file for the following products:
- business cards and postcards as set
- products with black back side 4/1 double-sided print (full colour)
- products with special colour 2/1 double sided print (HKS+black)
- products with flat hot foil stamping, partial UV varnish, relief varnish
- multipage calendars

PDF files have to correspond to PDF/X-3:2002 standard. Please observe the following requirements:
- PDF version must be 1.3
- transparencies are not allowed

Transparency reduction must be chosen in such way that text and vectors are not converted into image data.(Specification: high quality/resolution; the term can vary from software to software.)

- coloured tiles/tiled patterns are not allowed
- comments and form fields are not allowed
- encodings (e.g. password protection) are not allowed
- OPI-comments are not allowed
- transfer curves are not allowed
- an Output-Intent has to be specified

In addition to the PDF/X-3:2002 standard settings please also note:
- convert all fonts in curves and paths
- layers are not allowed
- do not rotate your PDF file

Additional information regarding PDF/X-3:2002 can be found on www.pdfx3.org.

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Artwork format/Bleed
- please create your artwork according to the respective artwork specifications shown on each product details page.
- since all files are placed centrical the motif has to be centrical on the file
- a TrimBox (finished format frame) in a PDF file is identified during placement and is positioned centric.
- allow safety area for any objects or text as indicated in the data sheet
- when creating frames or outlines around your artwork, please consider a minimum frame line distance of 4mm to the data format end.
- please do not create folding or cutting marks within the artwork format
- with brochures please note we are unable to consider the creep due to production processes

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Resolution
- large-sized products (A2 and larger): 100 to 150 dpi
- large-sized stickers (exception A3): 150 to 200 dpi
- posters (digital print, exception A3): 150 to 200 dpi
- self-inking rubber stamp: at least 600 dpi
- all other products: 300 to 356 dpi

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Colour mode

Colour mode:
CMYK or grey scales, 8 Bit/Channel
Maximum colour saturation:
260 % for overnight and express orders
300 % for standard
350 % for advertising products and posters 1-30 copies
Minimum colour saturation:
with a colour saturation of less than 10% the colour can appear very light when printed.
10 % yellow appear lighter than 10 % cyan.
Colour profile:
ISO Coated v2 300% (ECI), available on www.eci.org
in a PDF file the colour profile can only be specified as Output-Intent
for advertising products and posters 1-30 copies please use the colour profile ' Europe ISO Coated FOGRA27'.
Self-inking rubber stamps:
colour 100% K (black/white), no grey scales/screens
Special colours:
do not create spot and special colours for full colour products, as well as no alternative colour spaces in CMYK, as this ultimately leads to misinterpretations in colouring

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How to create a printable qr code
- qr codes must be created in 100% black (C=0, M=0, Y=0, K=100)
- ensure a good size of the qr code. The smaller the qr code, the harder to read.
- resolution: 300 to 356 dpi
- positive line width (dark line on light background) must be at least 0.25 pt (0.09 mm)
- negative line width (light line on dark background) must be at least 0.5 pt (0.18 mm)
- even with smaller graphics, the line width must not go below the above mentioned dimensions

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Type sizes

Type sizes of less than 6 pt should be avoided.
Flat hot foil stamping
Create line width with at least 14 pt; the thinnets line must be at least 1 mm thick
Self-inking rubber stamp
Create type size with at least 7 pt; the thinnests line must be at least 0.4 mm thick
Partial UV varnish
Create type size with at least 12 pt; the thinnest line must be at least 0.7 mm thick
Relief varnish
Create type size with at least 12 pt; the thinnest line must be at least 1 mm thick
Opaque white (private label drink)
Create type size with at least 6 pt; the thinnest line must be at least 0.4 mm thick

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How to create black

Black and grey objects
such as fonts or lines should always be created in pure black
Example:
Cyan 0%, Magenta 0%, Yellow 0%, Black 60%
or
Cyan 0%, Magenta 0%, Yellow 0%, Black 100%
Deep black
as for example
Cyan 40%, Magenta 0%, Yellow 0%, Black 100%
is not recommended for fonts and lines since inaccuracies can occur.

For black areas a deep black can be achieved by adding other colour components. Colour components can be added until the maximum colour saturation is reached.

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Line widths

For positive lines (dark lines on bright background)
a width of at least 0.25 pt (0.09 mm) should be used
For negative lines (bright lines on dark background)
a line width of at least 0.5 pt (0.18 mm) should be used
Also when minimizing a graphic please make sure that the lines do not turn out too thin.
Flat hot foil stamping
Create line width with at least 3 pt (1.06 mm)
Self-inking rubber stamp
Create line width with at least 1 pt (0.4 mm)
Partial UV varnish
Create positive lines and fonts (varnish is applied on that line) with at least 2 pt (0.7 mm)
Create negative lines and fonts (varnish is applied around line area) with at least 3 pt (1 mm)
Gold and silver
Create line width with at least 1 pt (0.4 mm)
Relief varnish
Create positive lines and fonts (varnish is applied on that line) with at least 3 pt (1 mm)
Create negative lines and fonts (varnish is applied around line area) with at least 6 pt (2 mm)
Opaque white (private label drink)
Create positive lines or fonts (white line) with at least 1 pt (0.4 mm)
Create negative lines or fonts (line contour/white fonts) with at least 2 pt (0.7 mm)

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