Delivery of Design Files

We accept the following design files:

  • Saved on a CD-R/ DVD-R
  • Design files up to 1MB via e-mail
  • Via FTP (notify on uploading via e-mail sales@balticdisc.ee )

Technical requirements for design files are as follows:

  • formats *pdf; *ai; *cdr
  • Image density 300 dpi
  • Texts and logos must be converted into curves (outline or  vector graphics)
  • Colours and images of 4-coloured works must be CMYK (not RGB or Lab), black-and-white images Grayscale
  • PMS codes must be given for Spot colours
  • Text size at least 8 pt
  • Leave 3 mm bleed on all sides
  • Mark disc label’s central point with X (do not leave a centre opening)
  • Design files must comply to Baltic Disc models
  • The CMYK % should not exceed 300%
  • All files has to be cropped
  • All template lines should be removed

Bleed – All objects reaching the print format must continue 3 mm over the edge so there shall be no white surface due to cutting. It is of utmost importance to consider cutting reserve already when preparing the design elements, otherwise something important may be cut. It should also be observed that important elements on the page are not closer to the edge than 3-5 mm.

White text on black background Rich black, i.e. other colours also added to black, is often used for background since 100% K- black seems to look to light on a larger surface. In this case even the smallest colour convergence-printing problem makes the text unreadable.

Generally, the minimum height of serif or italic type text or text using thin lines is 10 pt; 8 pt for text without serif. Usage of white (negative) texts smaller than 8 pt should be avoided. Upon using rich black, the contents should be C-50%; K-100% or C-40%; M-40%, Y-40 %; K-100% that both guarantee an almost maximum darkness reachable.

To reduce printing problems in case of white text against rich black background, a 0.1-0.15 outline behind the text is helpful with the colour being black without overprint (C-1%; M-1%; Y-1%, K-100%).

Do not use rich black for smaller texts and line graphics. In case of black texts and objects that are on objects of different colour, always use black overprint. This prevents the possibility of even slightest possibility of misprint and there shall not be white shadow (paper) flashing behind a black object.

For works containing spot colours, small (up to 0.1 mm) trapping must be ensured for objects of different colours. We ask you not to use colour profiles in the design files since this may result in colour distortions!

When using Photoshop for preparing artwork please be aware that due to the fact that Photoshop works only in raster graphics high quality result is not always possible. We can not take responsibility for high quality result.

Microsoft Word, Excel, Powerpoint and other similar office software like  OpenOffice are not meant for preparing printouts and initial material drawn in those programmes (also .pdf files generated from these files) are not acceptable.