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Checklist for Creating a PDF and Packaging a File

The “Gelato Standard” PDF export preset can be downloaded and installed in your Adobe designing tools.

Refer for more information about design requirements for Gelato Globe here

For best print output, some of the checks before saving your design file to PDF are:

  1. Color Black Text

One of the most frequent problems is black / grey text in the design contains percentages of Cyan, Yellow, and Magenta. Four color black text creates problems for printers because it is very difficult to register, especially with small text. When you create a document in any program, if you are using black text, make sure it is 100% Black (or lesser % of Black if you need Grey), and 0% Cyan, Yellow, and Magenta. This way your text will always appear crisp, and printed outcome will be easy to read

  1. RGB vs CMYK Color space

Always send your image files in CMYK format. You can keep your images in RGB format while you edit them in Photoshop, but always convert them to CMYK before placing them in a page layout program (InDesign, Illustrator or Quark)

  1. Links

The original file for every graphic / image in your document must be linked in the InDesign / Quark document. The images you see in a Quark or InDesign document are only previews of the actual file, and therefore when we export a PDF from your layout, any missing images will print low resolution and will appear pixelated

  • Make sure that none of your image files are layered. If you link a layered image file into the document design, printing of such exported file is likely to run into font, transparency, and color issues
  • Make sure that all links have been converted to CMYK before saving to PDF. This is especially important when your artwork has been created in Illustrator, as the results of RGB to CMYK conversions from Illustrator are very dramatic
  • For a four-color process job (CMYK), make sure that you convert any Spot colors into Process. This ensures that you have the most control over the colors in your document. Again, if your files were created in Illustrator, this is especially important
  • To obtain the most professional print, we ask that images be a minimum of 300 dpi at the size they will be placed (effective resolution). Anything under 300 dpi effective resolution will appear pixelated in print
  1. Run Preflight panel

Before saving to PDF or creating package file, you can perform a quality check on the document. Preflight panel warns of problems that can prevent a document from printing as desired. These problems include missing files or fonts, low-resolution images, overset text, and a number of other conditions.
Choose Window > Output > Preflight or Click the Preflight icon at the bottom of document window.
Some more information about resolving Preflight related issues can be found here


Important Note: Before uploading the design files to the your Gelato Globe account Library, please remove any passwords set for preventing access to open or modify the PDFs. Gelato Globe needs to access the files. File is auto identified for print product format and size. It is then shown as print ready once you confirm these details and select the paper type. So do not upload a password protected design file which you intend to print.

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