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FILE REQUIREMENTS

* We accept two types of layout files (in order of preference):
* Vector files (CDR, PDF - all fonts used in the layout must be attached) and raster files
(TIFF - without layers, alpha channels, and compression, JPEG - without compression).
* The finalized layout file must be fully prepared for printing, requiring no content changes or
additional prepress preparation.
* The maximum allowable file size should not exceed 450 MB - do not apply compression or
archiving.
* Large files up to 2 GB can be sent via            https://files.fm/          https://www.files.fm/
* One image per print - one file.
* The original layout size should be 1:1, i.e., equal to the print size.
* Before sending the file for printing, double-check all texts. Printing again will be more expensive.
* In the event that the file is printed at the customer's request without control and modification -
claims will NOT be accepted!
* Upon agreement with the customer, our employees will make adjustments to your file if it does
not meet the printing requirements:
      -Minimal adjustments to deficiencies are made free of charge;
      -Moderate and serious adjustments are individually determined and agreed upon with
the customer in each specific case.

Correctly Prepared File:


* CMYK color model. Profile SWOP - Coated (FOGRA39) - do not embed other printing profiles, either use Default Adobe CMYK or leave default settings;
* For JPEG files, do not use compression;
* When saving a raster layout, use Uncompressed and merge all layers into one;
* All fonts must be embedded in PDF;
* To ensure good quality, the file resolution should be 300-600 dpi for business cards and strictly 300 dpi for all other prints;
* The layout should not contain crop marks or any other non-printable objects.
* Specify the exact size for printing after trimming;
* The font height should not be less than 3 mm.
* To ensure a high-quality gradient print, set its maximum steps in your layout. Usually, 999 is sufficient;
* Black color must be composite - 30% C, 30% M, 30% Y, 100% K.
* Gray color is defined in percentage gradations from black;
* For black (100% K) objects and text on colored areas, add black overprint. If overprint is undesirable, then make it black (C1; M1; Y1; K100).
* Do not add CMYK and RGB color tones to black and white vector objects;
* The total amount of ink should not exceed 280%.

Business Cards:


* Layout size, the final size of the business card after trimming is 90x50 mm.
* The information section (addresses, phone numbers, names, titles, logos, company names, etc.) must be at least 5mm away from the edge of the layout. This means all information should fit within an area of 80x40 mm.
* All "bleeding" elements, such as background or background image, should extend beyond the boundaries of significant elements across the entire layout to ensure correct edges in print and prevent the formation of a white paper strip. A cutting zone (bleed) should be added to the file in a clean format.
Bleed is added equally on all sides, 2-4 mm.

Flyers:


* The information section (addresses, phone numbers, company names, etc.) must be at least 6 mm away from the edge of the layout. All "bleeding" elements, such as background or background image, should extend beyond the boundaries of significant elements across the entire layout

Photo Calendars:


* RGB color model (Profile sRGB) or CMYK (Profile CoatedFOGRA39.icc)
* A4 - (297x210 mm)
* A3 - (420x297 mm)
* Number of layout pages - 13
* Uploading a single multi-page PDF file is possible
* In the case of spiral binding or hardcover binding, an additional zone of 6-8 mm is required, which needs to be considered when composing the image file.

Canvases and Photo Posters:


* Color model RGB (Profile sRGB) or CMYK (Profile CoatedFOGRA39.icc).
* "Clean" size, without trim.

T-Shirts:


* CMYK color palette. Resolution should be at least 300 dpi.
* The image must be on a transparent background without semi-transparencies in TIFF format.

Wide Format Printing and Layout Requirements:


* The main and most applicable file formats are: .tiff, .eps, .cdr
* It is advisable to accompany the electronic version of the layout with a color paper printout and an additional layout file in .jpeg format.

Raster Images:
* CMYK color model;
* Layers must be merged into a single layer - Background, exclude alpha channels - Channels, paths - Paths, and compression - LZV-compression;
* The most optimal file size is up to 200 MB;
* Layouts for printing raster images should be submitted in a size of 1:1.

Vector Images:
* CMYK color model;
* Texts used in the layout should be converted to curves;
* Layout elements must be grouped and located within the print layout;
* Contours - outlines of images and especially fonts with a thickness of more than 2 mm should be converted to objects. All effects used in Corel Draw, to avoid incorrect printing, should be converted to raster;
* In the case of providing the layout in a reduced format, for example, -1:10, be sure to check that the contours have the option - Scale with image.

Professional Recommendations for Preparing Files for Wide Format Printing:
* If you have heightened requirements for specific (indexed) colors and want to ensure the most accurate color reproduction, you should specify the color in Panton Process and the percentage ratio of this color in the CMYK model. We also recommend attaching a color profile to the layout file;
* If you want to get black color truly black, not dark gray, then black color should be composite (C50, M50, Y50, K100);
* In case the contours of the layout are white or there are light fields, the contour of the layout should be made black with a thickness of 1 pixel;
* Do not forget that the resolution of the layout file for wide format printing and the resolution at the output of the wide format printer (printing resolution) are completely different things;
* Before submitting the file for printing, be sure to check its content (image) in Photoshop; - Do not allow large scaling of inserted images in vector programs, as this will inevitably affect the quality of the result.

When preparing files for wide format printing, it is necessary to take into account:
      - When importing raster images into Corel, files should be inserted only with the CMYK color model, as otherwise, the result is unpredictable. Accordingly, we recommend preprocessing the file in Photoshop. Try to avoid shadows, transparency, and other effects in vector files, as they are formed by Corel in the RGB color model.
      - The best solution is to submit layouts for wide format printing in TIFF format, following the above requirements. In the TIFF file, all layers must be merged into one background layer, and all additional channels and paths must be removed. In this case, you are protected from surprises during printing.

The optimal resolution of files for wide format printing can be considered:
* In the case of printing images with photo quality - 250-300 dpi;
* When printing site-format images (1.2x1.8 m) - 75-150 dpi;
* When printing images with a size of 6x3 m and larger - 35-45 dpi;
* In the case of printing large billboards, a resolution of up to 20 dpi is allowed.