Full Bleed Format
Please ensure your artwork has the following measurements in total:18.2'' x 24.2''
After printing, we will crop a 0.1'' bleed on each side. Any background elements should extend till the very edge of your artwork, text and other important graphic elements should keep distance from the inner (trim) margin.
Final Product Format
Your product will be delivered in the following size:18'' x 24''
Bleed 0.1'' (1/10'')
This margin is absolutely essential in order to compensate the trimming tolerance. The margin will normally be completely cut off. It is mandatory that background images or areas which are to reach to the edge of the page of your print extend to within this 0.1'' margin, thus ensuring that no thin white margin will be left after trimming.
Edge distance 0.08'' (1/12'')
In addition, it must be noted that texts and important information are at least 0.08'' away from the original or inner edge. Otherwise there is a risk that a portion may be cut off!
In most cases it does not look particularly attractive if the text is 'stuck' so near to the edge.
We print with a 177lpi screen which gives a resolution of 354 dpi. In order to obtain optimum printing results, your printing data must have a resolution of at least 300 dpi (dots per inch). If your file is saved with a lower resolution a quality loss may result.
For posters or similiar products which are viewed from a greater distance, a resolution down till 150 dpi may be acceptable, even if not optimal. In no circumstances the resolution should be below this mark.
CMYK is the standard color mode we use for full color printing. You should therefore create your files in the CMYK color mode. If, however, we receive files with other color settings, our system will automatically convert them to CMYK. This may result in slight color deviations which will not be accepted as complaints as we do not know the original color you wished to have. If, from the start, your data are created in CMYK and you access our ICC color profile (available under downloads) the probable result will be simulated on your monitor.
The color channels cyan, magenta, yellow and black are displayed in percent in your layout program. Assuming that the file is created and saved with a CMYK color space, the summation of the colors cyan, magenta, yellow and back must not exceed 300%.
If it does, it causes an above-average ink application and can therefore cause a faulty result. Such a high ink application does not dry properly and your prints might stick together and tear on separation.
Complaints referring to an above-average ink application cannot unfortunately be accepted.
For a black or grey color please use K (K=key=black) only. If your fonts use three or more colors, shadows can appear on the printed product.
To obtain deep black, 40% cyan and 100% black are adequate (40/0/0/100). Alternatively you can use CMYK 30/30/30/100.
For offset printing you should always use Postscript-fonts. TrueType fonts can cause problems when the printing plates are exposed. If TrueType fonts are required for any reason, they have to be converted to a vector, outline or curve (depending on the program you use). This action converts the font into a vector so that the original font itself is no longer required.
Generally we prefer multipage PDF files. The first page of your PDF will be used for the front, the second page for the back. Alternatively you can send us EPS, JPEG or TIFF files. Adobe Photoshop users should always save their files as JPEG or TIFF. If a Photoshop PDF is required please use Acrobat Distiller to create the file. Please never save a PDF directly from Photoshop.