FILE PREPARATION

 

  1. PREPARATION METHOD

1.1.   The pages should be prepared in the form of files:

– Postscript level 1, 2 or 3 (separate or composite)

– PDF 1.2, 1.3, 1.4 (separate or composite), preferred 1.4

– compatible with the PDF / X-3 standard

1.2.    The resolution of photos contained in digital files should not be lower than 300 dpi. By sending a lower resolution image, you accept the reduction in the quality of the photo.

1.3.   The TIL (total ink limit) parameter cannot exceed 340% for coated papers and 300% for uncoated ones.

1.4.    Texts converted into curves or embedded fonts.

1.5.   Graphic elements of the page should not contain profiles and OPI comments.

1.6.    The work should include the net lines (cutting).

1.7.    If necessary, we accept materials in open files (Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign). Texts should then be converted into curves or contain the necessary fonts. Photos and all graphic elements must be in CMYK or grayscale.

1.8.    In case the uploaded materials do not meet the technical requirements and require improvement, we add the cost of our studio’s working time (PLN 80/h net).

1.9.    The day of delivery of digital materials is the time of delivery of complete files that do not require improvement.

1.10.    Failure to meet the deadline for the delivery of digital materials may delay the shipment of the finished product, for which the Printing House is not responsible.

 

  1.  GENERATING FILES

2.1.   The printing house recommends composite files in PDF version 1.4. It is important not to use composite and separated files in the same publication.

2.2.   When generating pdf, ps, prn files, you should:
– disable the addition of color profiles
– use the CMYK fogra 27 or Euroscale Coated v2 or CMYK fogra 29 Uncoated profile
– flatten transparency and set high resolution.

2.3.    The preferred printer driver by the Print House is Agfa ApogeeX available at www.agfa.com.pl.

2.4.    In the case of cooperation, for multipage works, it is recommended to send sample files.

 

  1.  FILE NAMING

3.1.    It is recommended to send the entire work in one file.

3.2.    Work pages must match the pages in the file.

3.3.    If the work is divided into several files containing one or more pages, the files should have clearly defined names and include pagin range, according to the scheme:

zzz_kkk_rrr_ttt_ppp.roz , where:

 

zzz     – order number assigned by the Printing House

kkk     – client name

rrr     – type of work

ttt     – the title of the work

ppp     – range of pagination

roz     – file extension (eg ps, pdf)

Example: Z17-00555_FKD_katalog_wytieczka_1-8.pdf

The model of publication is always welcome.

3.4.    Files after corrections must contain the abbreviation “pop” in the name. If further corrections occur, the file name should contain “pop2”, “pop3”, etc. in subsequent versions.

3.5.    The file name must not contain Polish characters, spaces and special characters (*>! e.t.c.). It is only permissible to use the underscore as in the examples above.

 

  1.  GRAPHIC SYSTEM

5.1.    Each page should include bleeds of at least 3 mm on all sides.

5.2.    Work under the die should take into account 5 mm bleeds. The net format of such works must be a die format. At the same time, the shape of the die in use must be marked with an additional (spot) color called “die”, with the “overprint” option enabled. The die must be a curve, not a color fill.

5.3.    Works which UV spot varnish should be prepared to contain an additional color (spot)  in the files called “UV varnish” with the “overprint” option enabled.

5.4.    In the case of spot paint, we do not trap. If the painted element is extended to the bleed then the varnish should also be extended.

5.5.    Important text or graphic elements should be located at a distance of at least 5 mm from the cutting line.

5.6.    The smallest accepted line thickness in 1 color is 0.2 pts. Lines dropping in color or made in more than one color should have a thickness of at least 0.75 pts.

5.7.    In order to achieve a greater depth of black solids, they should be generated from four colors. The recommended components are C 30, M 30, Y 30, K 100.

5.8. In order to avoid folding inaccuracy, trapping should be created, that is, the minimal overlap of colors. In the case of composite files preferred by the Printing House, the client does not have to provide trappings. This process takes place in the Printing House unless the client expresses his reservations. The recommended trap value is 0.03-0.08 mm. In the case of a text dropping in color, on a black background with 4 colors, negative traps are recommended for CMY colors in the size of 0.1 mm.

5.9. In the case of glued bindings, it should be remembered that the second and the third pages of the cover as well as the first and the last page of the insert,  will be covered with a 5 mm sealing from the base by side gluing, which reduces the effective format of spreads. If no correction is made, a fragment of the image is trimmed because of the glue. The page format should remain the same. Only the size of the image on the page is subject to changes.

5.10. Products with glued binding also reduce the effective page format due to the restricted opening of the page.

5.11. In the case of glued binding, the minimum distance of text and other graphic elements from the back side should equal at least 10 mm (due to the phenomena described in paragraphs 5.15 and 5.16).

5.12. Folds push-out. In the case of the notebook binding, page push-out phenomenon occurs as illustrated in the table below. The inner folds are moved away from the ridge by a value depending on the thickness of the paper and the order of the fold. This phenomenon reduces the effective width of the page and displacement of the graphic content of the column, which in extreme cases may lead to the cutting of graphic elements located on the outer cutting line.

 

DELIVERY OF MATERIALS

 

Printing materials can be delivered:

– by e-mail (up to 20 MB) to the following address: prepress@fkd.pl

– to the FTP server. Access information to the server, login, and password are provided by the Account Manager. When the transfer is completed, please send an email with the information about the completed transfer and file naming to the following address: prepress@fkd.pl

– in person (CD, DVD, Flash USB): Grupa FKD Sp. z oo, ul. Zbąszyńska 8a, 60-359 Poznań

 

ACCEPTANCE TO PRINT

 

  1.  BASIC DEFINITIONS

1.1.    Screen Proof – a preview file of the work, in the form of jpg or pdf (not necessarily in high resolution).

Presentation of the substantive content of the work. It is not a color pattern.

1.2.    Contract proof – a reference material with a possibly faithful simulation of the actual effect of the printing process using a given printing technique. A proof is recognized as a contract proof on the basis of the certification according to the relevant ICC profile.

1.3.    Reference materials – materials used as a pattern of colors in the printing process. A reference material may include a certified contract proof or a sheet accepted by the client. Reference materials also comprise a non-certified proof or a printed sheet from the earlier edition, but the color on such a pattern is treated as a demonstration.

  1.  SUBSTANTIVE ACCEPTANCE

2.1.    Substantive acceptance of digital materials for printing is performed electronically. The printing house sends to the client preview files of the commissioned work in pdf or jpg format (the so-called screen proof).

2.2.    The screen proof shall be checked carefully. It is the final file that will be printed after the client’s acceptance. The Printing House is not responsible for errors in the file accepted by the Client.

2.3.    If the file is correct, it should be accepted for printing by replying to the e-mail.

2.4.    If the file is not correct, inform the Printing House about the date of new file submission. In certain cases, if technically feasible, the Printing House may implement the changes indicated in the client at an extra fee.

2.5.    Corrected files must be accepted for printing in the manner indicated in point 2.3.

2.6.    For additional substantive acceptance, the client may request the Printing House to provide trial prints – impositions (the so-called ozalids). They do not constitute a color pattern. In the case of multi-page works, it constitutes a printing model.

 

  1.  COLOR ACCEPTANCE (REFERENCE MATERIALS)

3.1.    For each print, it is recommended to order in the Printing House or to attach own contract proof. In the case of multi-page publications, it is recommended to make at least one proof for one page of the printing sheet.

3.2.    Contract proofs should be made of final files accepted for printing.

3.3.    To make a contract proof, use the ICC profile appropriate for a given type of paper.

3.4.    Each contract proof shall include a control bar. No description or no bar prevents the use of a contract proof as a reference material as it cannot be certified by the Printing House. The proof provided by the client must be certified.

3.5.    The Client shall be informed in the event that the proof provided by the client does not pass the verification process positively. Such a proof is not a contract proof, it can only serve as a demonstration for the driver in the printing process.

3.6.    In the case of the client accepts the print of the reference material, the operator assumes that the reference material is the one accepted and signed by the client.

3.7.    Print sheets from previous editions do not constitute a contract proof, they can only be a reference metarial for the operator. They cannot undergo any refinement processes (UV varnish, flash foil or mat).  The use of this type of reference material is connected with the possibility of obtaining a different color due to the lack of information on the preparation of materials, type, and process of printing.

3.8.    All reference materials, contract proofs, and proofs, legibly signed by the client, should be delivered to the Printing House before printing.

3.9.    The print run begins on the next business day after the client accepts the screen proof and the Printing House receives the contract proofs and other reference materials if such were commissioned.