Requirements to layouts

Materials shall be received only in electronic form and being presented by following means:

  • CD-s or DVD-s;
  • External storage units to be connected by USB wire and not requiring add-on drivers;
  • E-mail. 

Formats of electronic documents to be introduced into production:

  1. file formats ready for output : 
    - composite PDF (version 1.3); 
    - composite PostScript (level 2, level 3);
  2. File formats requiring minimum processing: 
    - EPS; 
    - images in formats TIFF, JPEG, PSD (Grayscale/CMYK/ Multichannel, 8 bit) not containing texts or vector graphics as it all is converted into raster image;
    - Corel Draw.

In case you don’t find the programme applied by you for preparation of your publication in the list specified above you may transfer your materials to PDF or PostScript file in compliance with our recommendations for preparation of PDF and PostScript files. Correctly arranged PDF files are the most preferable format to forward materials. 

1.  General requirements to layouts
Publications of over 8 columns shall be implemented in multipage document support programmes. Allocating separate files for each column in such publications is inadmissible. In layout programmes multipage publications may be divided maximum into 8 files. The succession of pages in the file shall be the same as in the end publication. If there are a number of blank pages planned in the publication they shall also be present in the file. The file and the end publication shall correspond to each other page by page, there is no need for imposition – it is the task of our specialists.

2. Preparation for selective lacquering and extrusion 
In the layout file the areas of selective lacquering and stamp contours shall be in a separate layer of the document and toned with different colours. The tone of the lacquer shall be of 100-percent purity eliminating any halftones. The accuracy of lacquer application shall be ± 0.5 mm therefore the minimum measurements of the objects are approximately 2 mm.

The contour of the cut out shall be only stamp (extrusion, slot, perforation, etc.) contours.  

3. Font Requirements
Fonts shall be transferred to vector objects («to curves»).

4. Requirements to PDF files
Files shall be composite PDF ones and stored in PDF 1.3 version. The aforesaid PDF version is not supporting the use of transparency effects or blending mode therefore on recording in PDF 1.3 all the effects are transformed into ordinary objects. Avoid using transparency effects in objects toned with blended colours (Pantone, etc.), for printing those objects CMYK inks may be used. The file shall not contain applied ICC profiles.

5. Requirements to PostScript files
Files shall be composite files – of level 2 or level 3 versions. All the fonts used shall be applied in the file. All images shall be implemented in the file without OPI function. The page size in the PostScript file shall be adequate to hold the page of the publication together with protrusions over the edge. The protrusion shall be equal on all four sides of the page. The page edge format shall be specified by means of Trim Box parameter or cutting lines.

6. Requirements to EPS files
On storage of EPS file correspondence of page size to edge format of the product is necessary. The whole text shall be transformed into vector objects («into curves»). 

7. Requirements to JPEG, TIFF, PSD raster image files
The files shall be carried out in Bitmap, Grayscale, CMYK, Multichannel, Duotone toner modes. Using JPEG compression two factors shall be considered - loss in the quality of image and appearance of artefacts on the images. Files TIFF and PSD must contain only one layer (in Photoshop command Layer>Flatten Image). All unused paths, spot-channels and alpha-channels are to be removed. In the presence of layers with effects in the image there may be a real probability of failure when putting the document on forms or films.

8. Requirements to CorelDraw files
Before forwarding it to printing works check the document using command File>Document info. Whole text shall be transferred into graphic objects («curves»).

Correctly prepared layouts save one’s nerves and speed considerably up the output of high quality production.