Delivering material to Markprint
We recommend that material to be printed be delivered as ready-to-print PDF files and that Acrobat 8/9 (PDF1.7) be used. We use the following programs: Adobe InDesign (CS5.5), Adobe Illustrator (CS5.1), Adobe Photoshop (CS5.1), and QuarkXPress (6.5).
If you use any other desktop publishing software, please consult your contact person with regard to the suitability of the software.
Avoid using the Microsoft Office suite’s Word, PowerPoint, and Excel programs, as well as FreeHand, for desktop publishing of printed material.
Make sure that the printable file is in order
- the PDF has been created by page (i.e., do not create imposition layouts)
- Check that the page size is correct
- The job must have the required bleed
- Colour definitions should be correct, and the job must not have extra colours, if it is 4-colour CMYK
- Image resolution should be adequate: images 300–350 dpi and line-art images 1200–2400 dpi.
- Images linked to the layout file must be available to the DTP program (i.e., the links should be in order)
- All fonts used in the job must be installed on the workstation and be open
Our imposition system’s RIP supports APPE (Adobe PDF Print Engine 2), which is why you should retain all transparencies in the PDF files.
Material to be transferred should always be compressed, to prevent corruption of the file!
Transfer by e-mail: aineisto(at)markprint.fi
The maximum size for the transfer file is 25 MB. Files transferred by e-mail should be archived in compressed format before transfer, to prevent corruption of the file.
- FTP address: sftp://xserve.markprint.fi/
- When you have transferred the material to our FTP server please inform us by e-mail: aineisto(at)markprint.fi
The most secure way to transfer material to our FTP server is to use an FTP program (e.g., Cyberduck, FileZilla, or LeechFTP).
Request user name and password from your contact person.
You can use the link below to download the printer profiles for Markprint’s colour management:
- Profile for coated paper Coated Fogra 39 (ISO 12647-2:2004).icc
- Profile for uncoated paper Uncoated Fogra 29 (ISO 12647-2:2004)
The maximum ink coverage on coated paper is 320 %
The maximum ink coverage on uncoated paper is 280 %
Recommended use of colour management profiles
Image colour management should done in a image editing programe.g. Photoshop. The colours of the layout file and graphics should be in CMYK mode and if any Pantone spot colours used, in spot colour format.
If you want to carry out colour separation before submitting the job to the printing house, colour management is performed in the following way:
- Convert any RGB images to CMYK mode in Photoshop, using the RGB profile of the images and Markprint’s printer profile.
- If the profile of the RGB images is not known, use Photoshop’s Adobe RGB profile
- Save the printer profile you used within the image.
Upon request, Markprint’s prepress also carries out colour separation and adjusts the tint values for the separated images.
If the original image mode is RGB, we recommend that the images be supplied to us in RGB mode also.
- Import images into the DTP application in CMYK mode. Define the colours of text and graphics objects in DTP applications or in a drawing program in CMYK format.
- If your want your layout file to contain PMS colours, define the PMS colours in spot colour format.
- When transferring images into the DTP application, make sure that the application’s colour management preserves the image tones (e.g., use ‘Preserve colours’).
Environmentally friendly papers
Our range of papers consists mainly of papers whose fibres originate from sustainably managed PEFC- or FSC-certified forests or that have been manufactured, in whole or in part, from recycled fibre.
Coated paper provides the best possible print quality and image reproduction. The more layers of coating are applied to the paper, the smoother it is and the better the reproduction of the original image will be. Coated paper is like a surface applied with 1–3 priming coats, with a matte or shiny finish.
When a pleasant feel to the paper, rigidity, and good readability come first and you are prepared to forgo the highest quality of the image, then use uncoated paper. Uncoated paper reflects the ‘genuineness’ and basic qualities of paper.
Cardboards and paperboards
Multi-layer paperboard provides improved rigidity and strength in comparison to paper, which has a single layer. Cardboards and paperboards are best suited to applications such as packages, cards, or book covers.
Paper forms a part of the design and message and should be chosen early on, in the creation stage, when it is still easy to make use of the effects of the selected product with its different surfaces and tints. Design papers provide sources of inspiration. Please contact our sales team for expert service and guidance in your paper selection.
A speciality paper is for you if you are planning to print self-copying forms, advertising stickers, labels, or tickets and tags – or, for example, weatherproof printed products.
Please contact our sales team for expert service and guidance in your paper selection.
Standard vegetable-based inks and water-based varnishes, as well as hybrid colours dried by exposure to UV light and UV varnishes, can be used in hybrid printing. ‘Hybrid’ in a printing press stands for versatility.
- A hybrid printer combines the advantages of UV varnishes and traditional colours: high-gloss and rapidly drying colours.
- We use hybrid colours for printing, for example, on non-absorbent surfaces, such as plastics or metal-coated materials.
- The colour adhesion and durability are unparalleled.
For visual effect, opaque white ink can be printed in one go, thus enabling high-quality printed products at affordable prices. Opaque white can be used for printing an unbroken compact colour surface or tinted image
Varnishes of various types add new dimensions to printing. Varnishes not only give the surfaces of printed products a high-quality look; they also provide durability against friction and humidity. The print quality of special effects approaches that of screen printing and can even surpass it.
- For matte/gloss effects we use UV double varnishes
- Pearl varnishes offer an exquisite gloss on the surface of the paper
- When coated paper should have a very soft-to-the-hand feel, we use soft-touch varnish.
For more information on varnishes, please contact our sales team
Offset or digital printing?
The choice of offset or digital printing is affected by the print run, colours, size, and material. If you want to use spot colours and the print run or the size of the product is large, you should select offset printing.
With a small print run, it is more economical to print with digital technology. If you need a personalized printed product in which either the images or the text changes, the job will be printed digitally.
Die cutting for folders and packaging products
A die can be made separately for each job, such as folders and boxes. We have some well-tested folder dies which are ready for use. You can use these drawings to help you with designing a folder Drawings. When delivering the material, provide the number of the die sample you used.