Prepare your files for printing

File formats

We recommend that you send us files in PDF format. The Adesa site also accepts tiff, jpeg, ai (Adobe Illustrator), psd (Photoshop) formats.

For vector files (PDF or AI), we recommend vectorizing the fonts before sending.

Be careful, the files you deposit during the preparation of your order must not exceed a unit weight of 50 MB (megabytes).

If you must send us your native files, import a JPEG or TIF preview when preparing the order; Then in order comment, enter a link to a WeTransfer, Dropbox or Google Drive containing the assembled Quark X Press or InDesign folder. As a reminder, an assembly file must contain:

  • The source/master file,
  • A folder containing the images,
  • A folder containing the fonts.

Picture resolution

Your bitmap visuals must have a resolution of 300 dpi (pixels / inch).

This is the optimal resolution to ensure a good impression. If your files contain lower resolution bitmap elements, the images may be rasterized and the print quality will be affected. Conversely, a resolution that is too high will cause a slowdown in the processing of your files, without significant gain in quality.

Color mode

Please send us files saved in CMYK (Cyan - Magenta - Yellow - Black) mode. RGB color mode is dedicated to the screen display and not to printing. If you send files in RGB, they will be automatically converted to CMYK and you will see color differences between the screen rendering and your printed documents.

Avoid embedding RGB elements in a CMYK file, as color rendering problems may occur.

Color management

Please ensure that the maximum inking rate (sum of CMYK color values) is 280% for images and solid areas.

Formats, overflows, and bleeds

Please prepare your files in real size (scale 1) by adding the 2 mm overhangs (bleed). If your document has a colored background (eg a solid color background, an extended photograph on the whole document or graphic elements up to the edge), you must exceed the color of 2 mm compared to the final format of the document to cut "in color" and avoid a white outline on the edge. This exceeding of the color is called bleed.

IMPORTANT: If you print a label with a black solid background, we draw your attention to the fact that the edge of the paper will be highlighted when cutting the label. This will create a slight white net all around the label. If you want to obtain a label with a black edge (to affix a black label on a black packaging for example), we recommend that you contact our customer service beforehand to consider other solutions.

Margin of safety (quiet zone)

To be sure not to cut a text, a graphic element, reduce a thin band or prevent text from being taken in the binding, we advise you to place no text or graphic element important to less than 2mm

Print cropmarks

Your files must be prepared WITHOUT ANY CROPMARK (no cut lines, no lines of folds, no mounting marks, no color ranges ...).


If you send a vector file (ai, eps, pdf), we recommend vectorizing the fonts. In addition, we advise you not to use a body lower than 6 points for your texts.

Fine lines and contours

We advise you not to use contours below 0.5 points.

Gray and black

If your label has graphic elements or text in gray or black, we invite you to use a color composed only of 100% black or black down (for gray). Do not use gray or four-color process (composed of 4 CMYK colors) for solid colors but especially for fine graphic elements (contours and text).

Cut contour

Please include the 0.2 point thick cutout as a custom color (spot color) superimposed directly on the print file. For a good treatment of your order, thank you to name the layer in the following way 'Découpe' => without accent, and with a capital D.

White underpin

When ordering a label on a transparent or silver polypropylene backing, it is necessary to print a white background to provide color support (to prevent translucency), or to hide the silvery material. The support blank must be specified in a spot layer, named "White" (with capital W), and positioned in the foreground and superimposed on the quad.

Start by creating the area on which there should be no white support:

f you are printing on silver, you can simulate a golden effect by applying a 6/20/60/6 tone

Next, define the area on which the support blank should apply (for example by creating a rectangle and then using the Pathfinder tool to combine multiple objects). Then create a new spot color in Illustrator, which you will name "White".

Then export your file in PDF format, and open it in Acrobat Pro. You can then see the white support layer "White" and the layers in quadri.

Gold or Bronze Gilding

On silver polypropylene paper, it is possible to simulate a gold or bronze gilt effect by printing the following colors: • gilding: cyan 0 - magenta 20 - yellow 60 - black 6 • gilding BRONZE: cyan 0 - magenta 70 - yellow 100 - black 0 When these colors are going to be printed on a silver support, the hue associated with the metallic effect will give a golden rendition, provided not to use white of support.

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