Graphic design plays a very important role in the product manufacturing process and is worth investing in. A good designer can summarise the message and create a functional and memorable result. Good planning also takes time, so it’s not something you should rush into. But the end result is worth all the effort – at its best, it looks, works and performs. From design to installation, Grafinar has the products for you.

Sometimes, when a client submits material in print, we find that the material requires editing before printing. This results in extra costs for the customer and delays in production.

While in principle, digital printing can print any material from a computer, the material for a successful print product must still be printable in order for us to provide you with the best possible print experience.

If you are submitting material to us in print for production, we hope you will take note of the guidelines below. We charge 58e/h + VAT for the printing of non-PDF files and any corrections to the materials.

Good printable material must meet at least these conditions

  • Printable artwork. Images must be sufficiently high resolution , i.e. at least 300ppi but preferably 400ppi. As a rule of thumb, the better the accuracy, the better the appearance of the image in the printed product. Logos should preferably be added to the printed product as graphics, but if logos are added as photographs, then about 1200ppi corresponds to about the same resolution when printed compared to vector graphics. We recommend the use of vector graphics.
  • The images should also be in the correct colour profile, i.e. converted to CMYK or Grayscale. We would like our customers to use FOGRA 39 colour profiles.
  • Texts should be converted into vectors (paths, curves) if the amount of text is not large. If the file contains fonts, the fonts must be embedded and must be PC-compatible. Open Type fonts work best.

    The use of a thin-line font of less than 8 pt is not recommended. The fonts should always be used for the so-called. genuine editing, as using the programs’ own bold or italic functions often causes problems when printing. Text in bitmap format should not be used.

  • Lines and graphics should be left in vector format, especially thin ones. Lines of less than 0.25 pt are not recommended. Software effects, layers and complex PS or brick fills should be converted to bitmaps, as they often cause errors at the printing stage.
  • Physically correct file size. If you are printing an A4-sized brochure, you should not send us a physically A3-sized document. See paper sizes here!
  • Cutting costs. The document supplied with the print must include at least 2-3 mm bleed margins if the printed product contains content for cutting. This is done in order to prevent possible white frames on the edges of the printed product. Make cut and fold marks on the material, if possible. The markers must not be placed close to the cutting line, but the recommended position is the outer edge of the cutting arm, i.e. 3 to 5 mm from the cutting line. No other markers such as alignment marks, data boundary markers or calibration bars are required.
  • The correct file format, preferably PDF. The file should be assembled using the Adobe software’s Press quality setting, including bleeds. Please note that materials created with Office software are not always printable as such, we recommend that you also include the original working file.

The printable materials are not

  • Documents created in Microsoft Office Word or other word processing applications (such as Open and Libre Office Writer) as they are. These programs are specifically designed for word processing, not for producing printable material. As such, these programs do not produce enough data from the files stored in them to reliably print good quality printed products. When sending material created in Office software to print, please include the original working file and the PDF file created from it.
  • Photos straight from your camera or smartphone to print. Most digital cameras use the sRGB colour space, which is not the most reliable colour space for printing. In printed products, it is preferable to use CMYK or Greyscale colour schemes when using photographs, so that the images are reproduced in the same colour on the printed product as on the computer screen.

A quick checklist:

  • My data is the right size.
  • My data includes shear resources and shear marks.
  • My data uses CMYK colour space and the black and white images use Grayscale.
  • The resolution of the images in my database is 300 ppi, or PPI, which is sufficient for good quality printing (we recommend vector graphics).
  • My data is in PDF format
  • My material is on separate pages, not in boxes

Finally, a taster of the latest products designed by Grafinar with their logos. When you want a spectacular and memorable result, contact us!