At MB print we make every effort to provide you with a high quality product. As a company specializing in low-volume printing, a significant part of the work on orders, for technological reasons, is done manually. The way you prepare your files has therefore a significant impact on what the game we make will look like. Below we present a few guidelines on how to professionally prepare a file for printing.
Instructions are made on 130g chalk paper, matt. On such paper most of the instructions in board games are printed.
The instructions are printed in color, on a professional printing machine, then each sheet is creased.
All sheets of instructions are stitched in the middle, where the paper is folded. Then the entire instruction is cut to the format resulting from the size of the instruction in a pdf file.
The total number of pages in the instruction file creates the instruction after printing. The front cover is the first page of the file. If the ordered instruction has 4 pages or less, the instruction will be printed on a large sheet and will be folded in half without stapling. If the ordered instruction does not have a number of pages corresponding to a multiplication of 4, the last page or pages will be unprinted (white sheets).
The maximum size of the instruction we can print is 220 x 310 mm when folding the instruction along the long side. This makes it necessary to scale some larger instructions. Frequently used square instructions of 280 x 280 mm are scaled to 220 x 220 mm. Similarly, A4 instructions folded along the short side are also scaled to 220 x 310 mm.
The size of the instructions is determined from the uploaded pdf file. If you want the instruction size to be different from the default one in the file, you must write us about it. We can scale it with appropriate proportions.
The instruction file must be a pdf file, each page in the file is another page of the instruction. We do not print instructions from files that have two pages of instructions side by side. If you prepare the instruction from the beginning, remember to leave the printing bleeds. Instruction files provided by publishers usually do not have printing bleeds, which makes it necessary to enlarge them minimally. Therefore, it may happen that elements located near the edges of the manual are cut.