A colour-managed workflow will give you confidence to send a file to print.
Use these instructions to setup your artwork for correct colour,
and ensure your images and designs reproduce accurately
The ISO standards for printing and colour communication have been set up to help us improve the quality and processes within the graphics industry. In the past few years, standards have been changed to better reflect current paper types and working practices.
FOGRA51 is the successor of FOGRA39. It is the standard printing condition for coated papers printed in offset printing.
FOGRA52 is the successor of FOGRA47 and is the new standard printing condition for uncoated papers.
To install these new standards on your computer for use by design applications, first download the profiles using the buttons below, and then expand the ZIP files to move the contents into the following folder:
Apple Macintosh OS
Hold down the OPTION key and go to Go > Library in your Finder menu to open the User Library. Locate the ColorSync > Profiles folder, or if this folder structure doesn’t exist, create these new folders, and copy the new downloaded profiles into the Profiles folder.
After installing the colour profiles, you must restart your applications.
Save the profiles to the desktop, right-click on a profile and select ‘Install profile’.
You can also copy the downloaded profiles to the folder Windows > System32 > spool > drivers > color.
To set the Adobe applications to use the new profiles, you can either download and select our application presets or adjust the settings manually.
Apple Macintosh OS
Hold down the OPTION key and go to Go > Library in your Finder menu to open the User Library. Locate the Application Data > Adobe > Color > Settings folder, and copy the downloaded settings file into the Settings folder.
Copy the downloaded settings file to the folder Documents and Settings > [User] > Application Data > Adobe > Color > Settings.
If you have Adobe Bridge (available for free to download for Creative Cloud users), open up the application and go to Edit > Color Settings. In the Color Settings panel, select Eureka Colour Settings and click ‘Apply.’
This will synchronise the colour settings for all of your Adobe print design applications (InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator). Alternatively, you can follow the same process in each individual application, as the menu options are the same. The screenshots below indicate the changes that will show in the Color Settings of each application:
Browse our checklist of specifications on image resolution, colours, fonts and bleed, to setup artwork ready for print
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