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Design Requirements for Gelato


For Gelato to offer consistent quality we have identified a group of print machine settings which we are rolling out to all our print partners - we call it the "Gelato standard" On a regular basis, the print houses calibrate their machines with these Gelato settings. Furthermore, for our platform to make the smallest amount of color transformations and secure your file is printed as intended, we require that you follow the below design requirements.


Print ready PDFs files yield the best print results. Below are a few guidelines to follow when preparing print files for Gelato. 

Before deciding on a new design, please check the formats we carry.  Also, the “Gelato Standard” PDF export preset can be downloaded and installed in your Adobe tools.

  • Files should be exported as PDF/X-4 using CMYK-only, output intent set to GRACoL 2006
  • Fonts should be embedded or converted to outlines. For best print output, we recommend using a minimum of 7 point font. 
  • We require a 4 mm bleed area to be provided (8 mm on the binding side for Wire-O bound products)
  • Include minimum 4 mm safety area for the text and graphics (8 mm on the binding side for Wire-O bound products). Cutting is a manual process and it needs this much allowance to prevent design elements from getting cut off.
  • Do not add crop marks, color bars, etc. our platform takes care of this automatically (will be added with the pdf preset or once you place an order)
  • For files with more than 4 pages, please export it as separate pages, not spread
  • Images should have a resolution of at least 300 dpi
  • Black and Grey tones: we recommend using solid colours (one channel colour, e.g. C0 M0 Y0 K70)
  • Flatten all transparencies in the print ready file
  • Rich black: preferred mixture 60 60 60 100 – total 280 (for large elements and texts)
  • We recommend creating the files in our Gelato Print plugin for Adobe, which you can download for free here.
    When using templates in the plugin document size and bleed area in the work space will be set automatically, so you ensure the file is prepared in accordance with our guidelines

Bleed, trim and safe text area 


This is the portion of your design that will be trimmed off when files are cut to the final size. Its purpose is to make sure your design or image reaches right to the very edge of the cards, leaving no unsightly white edges.

If you're designing cards before you upload, you'll need to make your artwork 'Full Bleed' size to account for this.

This is the final size of your printed files after the 'bleed' has been cut off.

Safe area
This is an area inside the 'Trim'. Being smaller than your final card, the safe area is kept well away from blades and cutting machines, and so this is where you should place your most important information or sections of your design. Anything outside of this area runs a risk of being cut off!


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