Please upload your artwork during checkout. If your files are to big, instead upload through wetransfer.com. Please include your order number! Our team always check your files before printing, and will let you know of any problems.
How to correctly layout your print files:
When creating your print files, some main rules are very important. If not followed correctly, we cannot produce your printing material the way you require. Therefore, please note the following points to layout your print files accordingly. If you have problems with your artwork’s layout, our customer service team are happy to help.
1. The correct colour mode:
The correct colour mode for your artwork is CMYK. Please do not send RGB files. These will be converted automatically into CMYK, which can then cause colour variations.
2. Colour profile:
Design Print 24/7 use the colour profile ISO Coated v2 300%. To assure an optimum print of your files, please assign this profile in your print files.
3. Colour saturation:
The maximum colour application (Cyan + Magenta + Yellow + Black) of your artwork should not be more than 300%. If it is too high, then too much colour is on the paper. This can stick together during the drying process. The minimum colour application should not be less than 15%. If lower, your print will appear pale. To create a deep black colour, use the CMYK values 60, 60, 60, 100.
To get an ideal print image, your artwork should have a resolution of at least 300dpi. For posters, a minimum resolution of 240dpi is sufficient. For flags and displays, aim for up to 3 qm 150dpi. Anything bigger than 3 qm 96dpi is sufficient. A lower resolution is likely to cause blurry (pixelated) print results.
Please reduce all levels to the background level.
6. Colour channels:
For 4/4 and 4/0 coloured prints, 4 colour channels (CMYK) have to exist. With single-coloured prints (1/0 = grey levels), 1 colour channel must exist. For two-coloured prints (2/0 = HKS-colour + black), 2 colour channels have to exist.
7. Artwork formats:
We accept PDF and JPG files for print.
• In a PDF/X-4, all pictures and writings have to be embedded or converted into paths. Transparencies are allowed. We recommend to deliver the file including colour profile ISO Coated v2 300%. If possible, please send us this data format preferential.
• In a PDF/X-1a, all picture files, as well as writings, have to be embedded or converted into paths. Transparencies cannot be accepted. If not stated differently in the product description, we recommend you submit a PDF/X-1a with the colour profile ISO Coated v2 300% assigned to this.
• JPG is a graphic file format. It can lead to lower quality print image due to compression of the artwork. If you save artworks in this format, please choose the lowest compression level (or rather highest quality level) to achieve the best possible quality.
If the product description doesn’t state otherwise, you have to create 1mm bleed on every side. A 3mm bleed is needed for posters. This 1mm bleed is added additionally to the end format, the size which will be delivered to you. Therefore, your artwork is always bigger than the end format.
For example, if you create a A6 flyer, your artwork has to be 2mm x 2mm bigger than the end format. That means 1mm added to the top, bottom, right and left. In this example, the cut end format is 105mm x 148mm. Therefore, your artwork has to be 107mm x 150mm.
Please DO NOT create the bleed as a white area, but extend your background into the area of bleed. This ensures a regular printed edge during cutting.
9. Distance to the edge:
To avoid writings and other important information 9such as logos) being cut off, these items should be placed at least 3mm away from the edges. For posters, this becomes 5mm, and 7mm for magazines.
10. Arrangement of pages:
It is important to submit your artwork in the right direction. This ensures your print product will look as you intended. If your artwork has been arranged incorrectly, the pages can be upside down in the end. This does not only concern folded products, but also for open products. It is important that they have been arranged in the right direction. Otherwise, the back side of a flyer or a business card can be upside down. The front and back side could be in the wrong direction!
If you want to be sure that your files are in the correct orientation, order our print file verification for a small fee. Starting at the “Silver” level, we will check the direction and the arrangement of your pages for you.