Repro tasks

In order for a customer’s idea to be transformed into a real product, a lot of work needs to be done – from the preparation of design to the realisation of a product.

The first stage which carries a lot of responsibility – repro (pre-printing) tasks when a customer’s graphic design layouts are prepared for production: appropriate materials and technologies are selected.

Memo for those preparing for printing:

File format: AI (up to CS6), EPS (up to CS6), PDF (Adobe PDF Preset: Illustrator Default), CDR (X5). Texts should be converted into curves. Links should be included into a publication or provided separately.

  1. Booklets, brochures. Presentation PDF/X-3, size 1:1, overlaps over page margins (2 mm).
  2. Packaging: AI, EPS, CDR, PDF (PDF only Adobe Illustrator, saving it with the option set Illustrator Default). A construction layout (a box, a case and similar tasks in the production process of which die-cutting, gluing of a construction, etc. will be performed) may not be submitted in publishing programmes such as Adobe Indesign or QuarkXpress, or in PDF or EPS formats exported from them! In separate layers, the following should be indicated – a die-cutting knife, coating/varnishing places, congreve, foil. These objects should be coloured in a separate (spot) colour (it is desirable that the name of colour reflects an appropriate operation, for example, "die-cutting", "congreve", "gold foil", etc.). Only the final die-cutting knife is used, the one provided by a designer. Size – 1:1. Overlaps – 2 mm.
  3. Labels. Everything is the same as in case of the presentation of packaging. If a label is prepared for metallised paper, it is necessary to indicate the places of a white "bottom" (primer). The "bottom" is included into the total number of colours (the "bottom"+5 colours).

Colour range: 6 colours (including offset varnish) plus dispersion or UV varnish.

Quality of graphics: Resolution of raster graphics imported into a layout (CMYK, Grayscale) should be no less than 300 DPI, while Bitmap – about 1 200 DPI.

Colour correction profile: Fogra27. Total ink coverage may not exceed 260 per cent for offset paper (uncoated) or 350 per cent for coated paper.

Dot Gain: 20 per cent for offset paper (uncoated) or 9 per cent for coated paper.

Useful advice for you and for us

• Fine objects or text coloured in black (0C 0M 0Y 100B) should have an active attribute – overprint (or multiple).

• If a product is going to be of a rectangular or square form, the page setup of a layout should be in conformity with a cut format. Overlaps for cutting should be no less than 2 mm.

• A layout should have cutting marks (in case of EPS, it is necessary to check that no element goes beyond the cutting marks) and a marked option bleed (in case of PDF).

• If a product is going to have a sophisticated form, overlaps should be included into the total format of a layout and be no less than 2 mm.

• When saving from a higher version (X6) to a lower one, it is recommended to save lower by no more than one version.

• For layouts, which are used repeatedly, we would like to ask you to indicate the changes made so that we do not need to re-create the entire layout (if changes are not major).

• For permanent customers and repeated products, an agreed identification system should be created to reflect the product number and the number of the layout’s version. The number of the layout’s version is changed upon every amendment. It is desirable that all amendments should be done by a design agency submitting the layouts in order to avoid a risk of a non-final version of the layout making its way into production.

• We are always open to discussions and suggestions, which strengthen the foundation of our cooperation and have an effective impact on the outcome of our joint work.

                                                               The staff of the Repro Division of UAB Garsų Pasaulis