small printy Digitalprint Guide for preparing your File

1. Set up your document in the same size in which it should be printed. Set up the document in a DIN format and avoid a system in a letter format.

2. Elements that are printed to the edge of the sheet, in so-called full bleed printings, need to be provided with a 3mm bleed. This means that you need to draw out backgrounds and pictures 3 mm beyond the final format. Please place texts and important elements within a safe distance of at least 3mm from the fold or the edge of the paper. As a result white edges will be avoided and important elements won't fall victim to the necessary bleed.

3.Please do not compress images and color displays and set them up in the CMYK-mode if your images are not set up in a colormode already. If your images are already in RGB, we recommend you keep the data that way.  Our printing machines will convert RGB data to CMYK data anyways. This might lead to color variations. As our print controllers perform the converting with the latest profiles, the result is often better than an uncontrolled converting with a graphicprogam.

4. Set up multi-page documents in the same order as pages are turned over. If you need any blank pages, please add them to your document. We will take care of the imposition, including creep in brochures, for you.

5. Important for the pagination of double-sided printings: page numbers of right pages, therefore front pages,need to be set up as odd numbers, centered or right-aligned. Left pages, therefore the back of a page, need to be set up as even numbers, centered or left- aligned. Chapter beginnings are ususally on a right page, and therefore set up with an odd number.

6. Do not trust the color reproduction of your monitor or office printer. Only professionally calibrated devices can display colors correctly. A better option is to create a  draft print on our printy high performance digital printers.

7. Save your document as a clean PDF, preferably as a PDF/X-3 file. The main focus is the correct resolution of images (color and b / w 600 dpi 1:1 and line 1200 dpi ) and that all texts and images are included. The most simple way to do this, is the Acrobat Distiller.

8. Unfortunatley, we can't implement applications 1:1 directly from your desktop publishing programs such as MS Word, powerpoint, quark xpress, Indesign, Coreldraw, latex, Scribus, and other programs, due to technical reasons.

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