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Sizes
Actual Trim Size
A6 - single finished piece  148mm x 105mm
A6 -1 score on the shorter edge  297mm x 105mm   (After folding: 105mm x 148mm)
A6 - 1 score on the longer edge  210mm x 148mm   (After folding: 105mm x 148mm)
SQUARE SINGLE  160mm x 160mm
SQUARE FOLDED  320mm x 160mm   (After folding: 160mm x 160mm)
DL - single finished piece  210mm x 99mm
DL - 1 score on the shorter edge  420mm x 99mm   (After folding: 210mm x 99mm)
DL - 1 score on the longer edge  210mm x 198mm   (After folding: 210mm x 99mm)
A4 folded into DL ("U")  210mm x 297mm   (After folding: 210mm x 99mm)
A4 folded into DL ("Z")  210mm x 297mm   (After folding: 210mm x 99mm)
Full Bleed Size
This is the size (in millimeters) of the file being prepared. - (full bleed size.)
Set your artwork to a size of unfolded (flat) invitation + 2mm (bleed) on each edge of a page.
Prepare your artwork as a 2-page file including invitation's outer side (1 and 4 page placed next to each other) and its inner side (2 and 3 page placed next to each other). The dimension of such a project should use the unfolded size + 2 mm bleed on each side.

Bleed
Artwork background and all objects adjoining the edge of the final piece must be extended over the edges to the bleed. The size of bleed for this artwork should be 2 mm at each side.


Customizing
If you want to personalize your printing, please read our guidelines >> how to prepare your artwork for personalization.  See here >>


Graphics
Colour Model
Prepare your artwork in CMYK model (except for artwork with additional colour). If your artwork contains halftone images (textures, photos), convert it also to CMYK.
Using different colour spaces or colour models in one document (e.g. CMYK and RGB) leads to incorrect colour rendering and is not covered by warranty.


When defining your own CMYK colours, the total tonal value at one point should not exceed 300% (for one-side coated cards, 200% should not be exceeded on the uncoated side, and, in particular, placing saturated solids in the same place on the face and back of the printed piece should be avoided). If this parameter is exceeded, no warranty claims shall be accepted. (The above mentioned rule means, for example, that black cannot consist of four 100% components.)

For printed materials to be laminated, the total tonal value at one point should not exceed 250%.
Rich Black
In order to obtain rich saturated black use 33%C 33%M 33%Y 100%K.
Gray Solid
If you want the background to be grey, compose it of the 'K' component only, without using the remaining 'CMY' colours.
Tone Gradation
Do not set your tonal range for values smaller than 5%.
To avoid visual bands, add some noise to your gradation.
Optimum Resolution
Optimum resolution for bitmaps (graphics, photos) is 300dpi.
Layout
Please set texts and any important information (graphics, photos) at least 3mm from the edge of a page (in actual trim size) and from scores for folding.

Turn the artwork by 90 degrees to check if bitmaps rotate correctly.

Set all texts on a separate top layer.

In case of saving your artwork as CDR file, please group all the objects and convert all fonts to curves/paths.
In your file please define your artwork size in accordance with above mentioned size and place your artwork centrally on a page.
If you save as EPS file the artwork which has no background (white), please frame it to above mentioned size. 


Due to cutting tolerance some slight movements in relation to artwork edges may occur.
For that reason we recommend to avoid those kinds of framing where such distortions could be visible. 


All pages in the file should have been done in the same print orientation.
By default utilities are reversed "Head to Head".


Preparing file for spot varnish UV or Raised Ink 3d
How to prepare the file for Spot Varnish UV or Raised Ink (3D)?
Prepare additional page(s) in the file (at the end) and apply areas for varnishing in one colour (K100%). The image for spot varnish must not contain greyscale. Even the slightest or brightest greyscale elements get automatically converted into black and will be varnished.

Spot varnished elements must meet the following requirements:
  • Design lines must be at least 0.4 mm thick.
  • The distance between individual elements must be at least 0,5mm.
  • Font size must be at least 14 pt.
Varnish may be shifted up to 0.3 mm in respect to printed elements.


3D Raised-Ink Spot Varnish
  • Varnish thickness of 25–35 micrometres (distinctly tactile).
  • Applying varnish up to the bleed is not recommended because it may chip off during cutting. Files containing a mask for 3D varnish prepared up to the bleed will be accepted for production at the customer's own risk. 
  • For 3D raised-ink finishing, the varnish can be applied to one side only.
  • For double-sided printouts, 3D raised-ink varnish is applied to the first page (the face). For such jobs, please prepare a 3-page file in the following order: face/back/face mask.

UV Spot Varnish
  • Varnish thickness of 10–15 micrometres.
  • Applying UV spot varnish up to bleed and on scores is not recommended because it may crack.
    This does not apply to small elements/patterns where cracked varnish would be hardly visible.
  • For UV varnish finishing, double-sided application is possible. For such jobs, please prepare a 4-page file containing: face/back print (pages 1 and 2 in the file), face/back mask (pages 3 and 4 in the file).
  • Do not design varnish on scores.
    PLEASE NOTE: Do not design any elements to be coated on the reverse of larger elements coated on the front side, as they may get impressed on these elements and may cause finished pieces to stick together.


PLEASE NOTE: The application of spot varnish or Liquid Metal creates most impact on small elements and lines that do not exceed 4 mm in width. For elements with a size of 5 x 5 mm or larger, where the whole area is to be covered with solid varnish / metallic film layer, using Soft-Touch laminate underneath is recommended. If matte or glossy laminate is used underneath such elements, the coating may be uneven and the final product quality may appear defective. 

Please note: In the case of long-run jobs or if the varnished area exceeds the final trim size by 15%, the turnaround time may be extended to 5 working days.


File names should clearly indicate their purpose (mask, obverse / reverse)


Preparing additional Liquid Gold/Silver colour
Liquid Metal – metallic film available in: Gold, Silver, Red, Green, Blue

Liquid Metal spot colour should be prepared in the same way as spot varnish. Prepare additional page(s) and apply areas for varnishing in one colour (K100%). The image for spot varnish must not contain greyscale. Even the slightest or brightest greyscale elements get automatically converted into black and will be varnished.

Please note:
Varnishing and using Liquid Metal effect is not recommended for elements thinner than 0.4 mm in the negative and 0.6 mm in the positive. Minimum recommended font size is 10 points, the distance between individual elements must be at least 0,5 mm. Liguid Metal effect may be shifted up to 0.3 mm in respect to printed elements. 
Designing Liquid Metal effect up to bleed and on scores is not recommended because the metallic film may crack/chip off near edges and scores.  

Liquid Metal is a printed colour. For that reason, to maintain registration precision (0.3 mm), do not remove/cut background graphics out of your CMYK artwork. The page containing background design should not include repeated mask elements.

When Liquid Metal is used on bigger elements/solids, the coating may be uneven. 
 


HOT STAMPING
How to prepare a file for hot stamping?
Prepare a 1- or 2-page file in the correct order (face/back) and apply black colour with 400% saturation (C100 M100 Y100 K 100%) in the areas intended for Hot Stamping. You can use greyscale on graphics for Hot Stamping but you must be aware that the final effect will be that of an old (brushed) silver/gold. This effect should not be applied to important text because it would not be legible.

In translation: `Wybierając elementy projektu (np. logo, nazwisko), które mają być pokryte folią hotstamping i użyte w połączeniu z drukiem CMYK, należy uwzględnić możliwość ich przesunięcia o  +/-3mm (ze wzgledu na rzucanie maszyny). Ponadto elementy z hotstampingiem nie mogą nachodzić na elementy CMYK, co oznacza, że przy projektowaniu należy je znacznie odsunąć od siebie. 
Druk CMYK musi być przygotowany na osobnej stronie/stronach (pierwsze strony w pliku); Hot stamping (maski) na ostatnich stronach w pliku (odpowiednio trzecia/czwarta strona pliku).
`


Recommendations and limitations regarding graphic design for hot stamping film.
  • Hot Stamping Silver and Gold can be designed as either vector or bitmap graphics.
  • Hot Stamping can be extended to bleed. 
  • Minimum item thickness 0.2 mm.
  • Minimum basic font size 9 pt.
  • Recommended minimum distance between characters 0.75 mm.





Saving to File
File Formats
Preferred: PDF, EPS, PRN
Accepted: CDR, TIFF, JPG (unrecommended). We are adding the extra fee 3,5 pln, for the preparation of the pdf file to orders with jpg files.
Please note: In case of INDESIGN software, we accept only PostScript files. Otherwise, please use the Comment section to inform us: „Attention: InDesign file. Convert to PS, please"
Additional Information
When saving to a PDF file, set the graphics to high resolution. Save your PDF files as PDF/X, PDF/X-1a or PDF 1.3 (Acrobat 4.0.)

If you have text in your artwork please remember to convert it to curves / paths or attach used fonts to your file (refers only to PDF files).
Don't convert texts to bitmaps!!!

 If your artwork consists of more than one page, please save all pages in a single file. If the chosen file format does not allow for saving all pages in one file, please save them in two separate files named face and reverse. (projekt_awers.tiff, projekt_rewers.tiff)
In case of preparing separate files for finishing, please include in their name information, which sides concern.

If you send more than one file, please send them in ZIP format if possible.

 In case of TIFF files please save them as single layer files, with no additional channels. For complex projects with multiple layers, overlapping graphics, shadows, transparencies etc., as far as possible, flatten to a single background image, retaining texts, logos, lines and other important elements of the project in the vector form only. In particular, this problem concerns CorelDRAW X4, where in extreme cases, despite a good-looking PDF file, the printout may contains errors.


Additional Information
Please keep in mind that due to differences in printing technology and colour presentation, some differences in colours may occur also when compared to inkjet printouts or colours displayed on a computer screen.


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