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Design Requirements if you prepare it.

PRpuzzle produces promotional jigsaw puzzles using designs submitted by the customer, but if you require a print file, we can also make one based on specifications that you submit.

To produce the highest quality promotional jigsaw puzzles, the submitted design must comply with the requirements listed below.

PRpuzzle will not make any changes to your submitted design, so it is your responsibility that the design meets all the listed requirements.

If you are not sure about your design’s compliance with the requirements, before placing your order, please contact us. Feel free to contact us if you require assistance in creating the design.

A print file/design must comply with all the requirements listed, so no changes are needed to make the promotional jigsaw puzzle. The design must be submitted without crop marks, and the page size must be equal to the completed jigsaw puzzle size – plus bleed area!

1. Submitting design.

Your digital design must be uploaded using the form available on PRpuzzle’s home page. (File uploads)
No hard copies of your design will be accepted!

2. Acceptable file types.

We only accept following file types: PDF un TIFF.

Adobe Illustrator PDF file Convert all text to outlines, use expand appearance and embed all linked images.
Adobe Photoshop TIFF file Merge all layers
Corel Draw PDF file Convert text to curves and all effects must be converted to bitmap.

When saving the file as a PDF, it is important to select: Adobe PDF Preset – PDF/X-1a.

3. Use of colour schemes.

In the design, you must only use “CMYK” or “Grayscale” colour schemes. The design must not contain other colour schemes, such as RGB or PANTONE, because the printer will convert these colours to “CMYK”, and the result will differ from your submitted design.

The design must be prepared on a calibrated screen and using CoatedFOGRA39.icc colour profile. If you do not follow these requirements, the colour tone seen on the computer screen may differ from the colour tone of the final product.

The background of the print design should not consist of gradient colours or one colour tone.

Using gradient colours on your computer screen, you will be able to see colours even with a 3% fill, but when printing, this colour will disappear.

When you fill the background with one colour tone, it can lead to a situation where each copy of the resulting products could be in a different colour tone. This is due to the fact that digital press machines, when printing large amounts of one colour, cannot print each page with equal colour dispersion.

4. Using black colour.

For very small text and objects, use C0 M0 Y0 K100 (plain black). For text and small objects, use C30 M30 Y30 K100. For larger objects and backgrounds, use C60 M60 Y60 K100 (rich black)

5. Resolution.

If you are creating your print design in Adobe Photoshop, choose 600 dpi resolution and save it as a .TIFF file with the layers merged. This is required so that small texts and objects can be printed clearly. If your print design does not contain small texts and objects, choose 300 dpi resolution.

If you are creating your print design in Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw, choose 300 dpi resolution and save it as a .PDF file

6. Print design size and bleed area.

Bleed area – To prevent any white borders from appearing along your design edges, you must use bleed area! The bleed area must be 4mm wide on each side; for example, if the complete jigsaw puzzle size is 200x300mm, the print design must be prepared in 208x308mm size! Any background colour or image must be enlarged so that it extends over the edges of the completed jigsaw puzzle into the bleed area.

7. Frame around print design.

If you are using a frame in your print design that runs along trim lines, it must be at least 8mm thick + 4mm bleed area. This means that the thickness of the frame must be at least 12mm. This is required because shifting can occur when cutting the prints. We recommend avoiding frames that run along trim lines.

8. Overprint.

When preparing a print design, do not use “overprint”.