Symbolic image of data handling. How to handle your print data for printing at xl-digitaldruck.de

Data handling & Requirements for your print data:

The different materials and printing presses place different requirements on the resolution and format of your print file.

*possibly against surcharge according to expenditure

File formats:

.tif, .jpg, .pdf (psd, bmp, ai, png, eps)

Tip: Saving the finished file for data sending as jpg with max. quality is absolutely okay. Always cache existing jpg data as tiff before editing. Jpg compresses image information with each new save. This leads to data loss in the long run and thus to quality degradation.

Please no program files like Indesign, Powerpoint, Affinity, Word ...

Print size + designation:

Please create your data as 1:1 as possible in the final format. Large wallpapers can also be created to scale.

Designation: If you order different sizes and/or materials together, please name the individual files or a folder with customer name, final format and also the material type and, if necessary, also with the respective desired number of pieces.

A unique designation is much clearer for us and also for you.

Typical errors of print data:

The print file contains Levels. Please reduce In Photoshop, put all the layers you use, including the adjustment layers, on one layer and define it as a Background layer. Then please save the file as Tif filenot as PSD; this makes the file size smaller.

When you work with Alpha channels (selection saved as a mask), then delete For the print file, select the appropriate additional channels in the Channels palette in Photoshop.

You have a multi-page document created, e.g. in a layout program. Please make sure that only pages that you want to have printed are included in the finished PDF file.

Multi-page documents may only pages with identical size contain, please no format mix deliver!

Follow-up error in case of non-observance of these points are not subject to complaint.

Deliver data:

Order in our online store Berlinprint.de:
You can upload your data after the order.

About our Individual order:
Please fill out the form there. You can upload up to 30 MB or provide a download link.

via wet transfer:
Up to 2 GB via https://xl-digitaldruck.wetransfer.com/
Please provide a meaningful subject text and your contact information.

by e-mail to:
ed.kcurdlatigid-lx@ofni
(max. 10 MB) or send a download link (without extra registration). Please do not forget the contact and billing address and a good description of the order!

on data carrier:
USB stick, CD, DVD or on all common memory cards.

Trim:

Please all without bleed mark, cut and register marks supply.

For later laminations or prints on plates up to the size of 80 x 60 cm, please apply 3 mm circumferential (i.e. on all four sides), beyond that 5 mm circumferential.

Our normal Bleed tolerance for prints that are not to be laminated is approx. 1 mm. If this tolerance does not interfere further, we do not need an additional bleed.

Vector-based data:

Please always save vector data as PDF. It should be noted that the fonts are converted to curves/paths/character paths beforehand or the fonts used are embedded in the PDF file.

You can check a finished PDF file in Acrobat Reader under Properties (Control-D) to make sure that the fonts are fully embedded or that no fonts are included because they have been correctly converted to paths.

Resolution of your data:

The different materials and printing machines place different requirements on the resolution of your print file.

Rule of thumb for magnification for photo prints:

A doubling of the resolution is usually possible without any problems. So if you have a 40 x 30 cm file at 300 dpi, it can be upscaled to 600 dpi and thus usually enlarged to a size of 80 x 60 cm (at 300 dpi) without any noticeable loss of quality. A tripling of the resolution (target format in our example is then 120 x 90 cm), on the other hand, results in a slight visible blurring in the absolute close-up range. However, this disappears with increasing viewing distance.

Fineartprints:

For high-quality prints, a resolution of 300 to 360 dpi in relation to the final format up to output size A1 is recommended. For larger prints, a resolution of 220 dpi in the final format is absolutely sufficient, as the higher viewing distance compensates very well for any limitations. Since the resolution for these large formats can usually only be adjusted by "extrapolation" (interpolation), only the file size would become uncomfortably large without any real positive influence on the print quality.

Poster Prints/Photo Prints:

Here, too, the optimum is 300 dpi in the final format, possibly even less. Often 150 dpi is still sufficient. However, this can depend on the motif. Ask us - we will check your data and give you feedback.

Canvas (except fine art canvas):

200 dpi is the optimum here, since the material structure cannot display more resolution. On canvas, a resolution of less than 150 dpi is sufficient if necessary due to the fabric structure.

Wallpaper prints:

Here, the required resolution is partly very motif-dependent. A resolution of 100 to 150 dpi is on the safe side, depending on the viewing distance. However, we have also successfully printed wallpapers with a file resolution of 25 dpi in the final format.

Advertising prints:

For prints on advertising tarpaulins or other outdoor materials where the viewing distance is more than 2 m, a resolution of 70 to 100 dpi is absolutely sufficient. For close-up views, a resolution of 150 dpi is useful, 200 dpi is optimal.

Color profiles:

The most important thing is that your file contains a color profile, i.e. that it is embedded in the file. This is actually the case with every digital photo that comes directly from the camera.

When saving e.g. from Photoshop you have to make sure that in the save dialog the Checkmark at "Embed color profile is set.

Photos from compact and digital SLR cameras often work with either sRGB or Adobe RGB or with their own color profile. Please leave your data like this when you edit it yourself.

Otherwise we recommend the standardized ECI-RGB color space with the profile ECI-RGBv2 as working color space. Available on the Internet at www.eci.org.

Photo prints and fine art prints:

Photo prints and fineart prints can be delivered as RGB files. The printing presses we use have a larger color space than the CMYK color space can realize in offset printing. Therefore, if they were converted to CMYK, they would possibly produce color losses that would not have to be. Of course, we cannot reproduce all RGB colors either, but we can still reproduce considerably more colors than are possible in offset printing.

Advertising prints and photo wallpapers:

Advertising prints, such as advertising tarpaulins or stickers should be supplied as CMYK files. The point here is that advertising applications usually require defined logo colors, i.e. CI-compliant color reproduction. For these applications, we therefore work with CMYK data, so that our workflow is based on the corresponding FOGRA guidelines.

Color profile RGB:

If no profile is embedded, we assume sRGB for RGB data or decide according to optical aspects. Color complaints will not be accepted in this case.

Color profile CMYK:

If you supply CMYK data, an ISOcoated profile or at least another CMYK profile should be embedded. If this is not the case, we assume ISOcoated v2 ECI 300%.

Color profiles for our printing materials:

If you want to embed the color profile of one of our print materials, please download it in our Download area download. You can also find the relevant profile linked directly to the corresponding paper/material at the top of the website under the "Paper overview" tab.