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Online craft printing

Online craft printing

How to prepare files for printing

It is recommended, but not essential, that the documents be prepared by a professional graphic designer. In this way, you will ensure that the final result is as faithful as possible to the desired one.

Here you will see a series of keys and tips to prepare documents for printing.

1. File format

The file must be delivered in its final size. No montages should be made. It is important that both the face and the removal of the design are in separate documents.


Dies, finishes and UVI, must be sent in a
separate document. It is advisable to send an additional file as an example or model, with the pertinent indications, for special jobs.

The ideal printing format is PDF3X in CMYK with the images to 300dpi, cut marks and bleeds. It's important to take safety margins into account.

Other supported files:

We also support other file types, but they must meet a series of recommendations.

PDF/X: include blood and cut marks
EPS: include blood and crop marks Photoshop:
(include blood and attach sources)
TIF/TIFF: include blood and with LZW compression
JPG: include blood, in maximum quality without compression


They must not be sent:

Original design files, word documents, excel or similar.

Tip: In case of doubt you can contact us by email, or in our contact telephone number 91 478 20 12.

2. Colors


If the work has special pantones, it is important to indicate it correctly, both in the order and in the file and, if necessary, in an explanatory attached .txt.

Tip: Bright monitor colors can only be achieved by pantone colors. Not all the colors we see on the monitor are reproducible

Shades of black

For texts in black use the following values:


Plain Black: C00, M00, Y00, K100

For texts of more than 100pt or masses of black color, use the following recommended values:


Intense Black: C30, M30, Y00, K100

Cold Black: C50, M00, Y00, K100

Warm Black: C00, M50, Y00, K100

3. Margins and Bleeding

It is advisable to leave a space between the edge and the other elements of the document, of at least 3 mm on cards, and between 5 mm and 10 mm on other jobs. If any element other than text reaches the edge (printed in bleeds) it is necessary to add a bleed of at least 3 mm. That is to say, that said element exceeds the printing edge to avoid white edges due to the deviation of the blade in the cut and that any possible imperfection is covered by that extra.

The yellow margin in this box represents the safety margin that prevents the text from being cut off at the edge of the card.
If we want the camel to reach the edge of the card, we will have to add the bleed on the outside to avoid white borders.

4. Images

The original sized image must be at 300dpi.
Do not resize to 300dpi as we will lose a lot of image quality.

Tip: A visual check by zooming in to 200% on the image will help us to know if our image has sufficient quality. If it looks pixelated in these conditions, the reproduction will not be optimal.

5. Reviews and recommendations

At Tipia, we will review the document before printing.

Our revision includes the revision of margins, bleeds, colors and finishes.


However, the document must be sent as correct as possible, the revised spellingand the finishes correctly indicated, in addition to all the indications previously indicated to generate it.

Tips on craft printing

Sending files:

It is important to follow the instructions on the document preparation guide and also keep in mind that:

In case of doubts about how to prepare the document, you can send as many files in 100% black as there are colors in the work (up to 6, 3 per side), indicating the color or pantone selected in the file name.

It is recommended to send a .JPG, or other preview file, as a mockup.


Letterpress printing does not admit backgrounds or ink masses. Nor complex patterns, it tends to blind, it is better to adapt it with images or halftones, simulating the patterns with a set of objects (dots, diamonds, lines) creating an effectvintage.


The footprint and depth depend on the design. If we leave a lot of traces, the text can be deformed, causing an unpleasant effect. The adjustment between colors is not perfect, it may have slight differences since the color balance is not as successful as in digital or offset printing.

Tip: These marks are part of the nature of this type of printing. The traces and marks left on the paper are characteristics of the print itself, making it different from other techniques. A design achieved with broad strokes and decorative vector objects will make your work stand out from the rest.








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