Pre Press Stage
For vinyl records printing, for the packaging or for booklets, you are always required to deliver us drafts, templates or files, but we can also prepare and help you design your products in-house.
There are some important points to consider upon the delivery of drafts or files. We experienced, that there are often discrepancies which affects the quality of your printed materials!
Why don’t you take time for our design specifications before you begin with your artwork. It is worth it!
If you deliver your finished files, please comply with the CD-Specifications!
Do you prefer personal correspondence?
Fundamental requirements for templates, drafts of artwork to be submitted:
– no more litho films for most print products and cardboard packaging!
We offer to process a wide array of print products and cardboard packagings through CTP (computer to plate)- manufacturing directly from graphic data.
This option lessens the whole production-period and saves considerable costs! You deliver your data in your own conventional way and method, and we convert them into a format, compatible to the current printer. Furthermore, you will receive a PDF to monitor your own files, we can submit further paper- proofs upon request.
The various label printing procedures, however require a further (not in a few exceptional cases) production of litho films, while pressing DVDs or CDs.
In case you want to verify, and if necessary want your data to be corrected, we charge an hourly rate of 90,- €/hour (plus VAT.)
We use the following Apple Macintosh software:
Quark XPress up to v 6.0
Adobe Illustrator up to v CS
Adobe Acrobat up to v 6.0
Macromedia Freehand up to v MX
Image-editing-Software: Adobe Photoshop up to v CS
We use the following DOS/Windows Software:
Quark XPress up to v 4.1
Adobe Illustrator up to v CS
Adobe InDesign up to v CS
Adobe Acrobat up to v 6.0
Image-editing-software: Adobe Photoshop up to v CS
Please comply to these image resolutions (original size):
bitmap: at least 1200 dpi
grey-scale, colour images (CMYK, Duplex, Triplex): mind. 300 dpi
attention: RGB coloured files have to be converted into CMYK. Due to this process, colours may vary. To avoid this conversion, please save generally in CMYK.
appropriate data format:
Tiff: save tif-files without compression (LZW o.e.)
EPS: DCS-files (5 segments) or single file. Binary coding in both cases.
JPEG: JPEG-files in maximum quality (lowest compression), choose format option “baseline standard”. JPEG-files must be saved in CMYK-mode.
Most applications only save screen resolution of imported EPS or Tiff files and file reference to the original. But for production you will need this high resolution file. Ensure to deliver those files aside. To prevent further complications, please save the document and its images in the same folder. Furthermore, do not change the original files after positioning in the document. Some applications offer functions, where you can list all files used in the project. If any mismatch occurs, we can solve your problems! Additional costs, according to our general price list.
Please deliver your files as follows:
– Please name all files, which are supposed to be used. Delete all that will not be used.
– „booklet documents“ always double sided! (e.g. page 16 and page 1, page 15 and page 2 a.s.o.)
– please state program and version number of the application you used
– add registration marks and crop-marks
– 3 mm bleed on paper print products
– path alignment for cropped images: curve 10
– typo: Linotype- and Berthold-Fonts
– please deliver the used fonts
Tips: Avoid selecting bold or cursive fonts through selecting bold or cursive in the Font-Menu. If you want to achieve your desired font-style, always choose the appropriate font-type at once through the font-profile (ex. Helvetica bold) and not click the bold or cursive button. If you set up fonts in bold or cursive style, this would often lead to error upon exposure
– colour mode: CMYK 4 color separation
– vector graphic resolution: 945 Lines/cm (2400dpi)
width in positive print: at least 0,10 mm
width in negative print: at least 0,15 mm
please also make sure you use a minimum size of…
– Positive print at least 4pt. or 1,50 mm
– Negative print, at least 5pt. or 1,88 mm
Please regard this advice, especially when using serif-fonts.
Alignment of screening size and angle is used globally by Disc Partner (for example in print options of the application). That means, that single pages with preferences made by you, have to be changed back manually. On the other hand, if this specialty is wanted, please do so, but inform us about it. We recommend not to make any alignment to single objects of the document.
Pantone or HKS colours
Please name the colours. Please delete all defined colours in the document, which will not be used. These may be confusing.
It´s very useful to print out the pages colour separated. Especially when CMYK. There you can easily check the results. Please send in those prints!
Some applications provide functions to implement trapping. The functionality changes from program a to b. in the further production process, you will see those differences. Once again, please check your alignment by printing out b/w test pages.
Data carriers: (for Macintosh and Dos/Windows)
– floppy disk DD/HD (3 1/2″)
Inscribe all data carriers clearly and send us laser prints or colour proofs. Please make sure that all the graphic and image files, as well as fonts are delivered together along with it. For security reasons, we could only copy proofed data carriers and not the original version. Additional information could also be transmitted through a README-file. Any deviation from our specifications or these general annotations may end up in either sending in a new version or surcharge for our work.
User name and password will be send upon request.