We provide our professional customers with a direct photobook uploader

We provide professional media designer, graphic designer or photographer with our Pro-Upload function. You can design your photobook with other programs, such as InDesign, Photoshop, QuarkXPress. In order to avoid any flaws in the product, we kindly ask you to make the page design according to our requirements (see below).

PDF upload

Notes on Data Transmission

Data transmission/Order: You can find the new photobook uploader in our direct upload area. After uploading you can change the sequence of the pages if necessary and complete the order.

Professional Area

Saal Design Plug-ins

We provide a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. With the help of the plug-ins, you can easily configure the photobook and design the spreads as usual.

We provide the plug-in for Photoshop CC and InDesign CC. You can get more information and the links for the download here:

Saal Digital Adobe Plug-in

PDF Upload in the Webshop

1. Go to the Webshop
2. Within the photobook category, choose your desired photobook and click design.
3.Choose the PDF Upload option.
4.Please follow this guide before uploading your PDF:
- Your PDF files should be created according to the format and number of pages of your photobooks and in accordance with the information obtained on this page.
- In order to obtain a perfect result, you must take into account the specified dimensions.
-The cover and inner pages must have the correct dimensions and be presented in two separate PDF files.
Once you have checked this, you can proceed to add the PDF files.
5. Uploading the PDF file may take a few minutes. Your images will not be displayed in the desired format while uploading. Please wait until all images are fully loaded.
6. The number of uploaded images is displayed at the bottom of the webshop.
7. Click "Next" to display the photobook preview.
8. All images will be automatically placed within the pages.
9. Review all pages and make the necessary adjustments.

Upload PDF

Please pay attention to the following details:

  • Please always use sRGB for your data. 
  • You can upload PDF or jpg in the Webshop.
  • Please do not place the elements directly on the bleed line. In other words, please cover the whole page or keep about 1 cm distance to the bleed line. Otherwise there would be edge halos or some important elements would be cut off.
  • Minimum font sizes: Please note that font sizes differs among typefaces. Sans-serif fonts, regular or bold, should be at least 8pt (measured according to font Arial), while serif fonts at least 10 pt (measure according to Times New Roman).
    If the weight of a font is "Light", the size should be at least 12pt. If the light text is against a dark background, the font size should be at least 14pt.
  • Stroke width: The stroke width of lines should not go below 1pt.
  • Please leave no register marks or crop marks!
  • The specified amount of pages does not include the cover (the front and back side of the cover).
  • The value of bleed and joint space is always applied to one page, and therefore must be taken into consideration in every page in calender as well as in photobooks (eg. value x 2 for left and right).
  • In photobooks only one image is needed for the front and back side of the cover.
  • The inside of the front and back cover will also be printed. If you want it to be white, please leave the first page of the first spread and the last page of the last spread empty. (The photobook starts directly with the first spread.)
  • PDF files must be optimized in Adobe Acrobat Pro (see instructions below).
  • There is no certain limit to the size of the file. If your file is larger, please contact our support: https://www.saal-digital.co.uk/support/
  • Before placing the order, please double-check all the pages carefully. In case of any problems, please contact our support. You can examine all the details in full screen. We are not responsible for any mistakes in the product, if they are already visible in the preview.

Professional Tips:

PDF Export (recommended when using InDesign and QuarkXPress): We always recommend using "High-quality printing" when exporting PDF files, or use our Adobe PDF Saal Digital. In "Output" please change the target color space to RGB-Color Space - sRGB IEC61966-2.1 (see screenshot below). If you use the „Double Pages“ funtion (for photobooks) with a layout program such as QuarkXPress or InDesign, please ensure that you have set the „Print Sheets“ (QuarkXPress = Moutning Surfaces) checkbox. It is important that we receive every double page as a page in the PDF.

Please note that the "Use interface settings of the document" checkbox is activated when you use our templates or our InDesign plug-in (see screenshot below). 

You do not have to combine the PDFs (Double page cover and inside pages) nbut you can also upload 2 PDFs. 

Please always optimize your PDF prior to uploading to reduce the amount of data and to convert any masks, transparencies, and metadata that may cause problems during import.

Export settings

Trimming (for PDF Export): In the PDF export field under "Marks and Bleeds" please use the "Use interface settings of the document", checkbox if you have previously defined the trimming in the document.

PDF Export

Adobe PDF Presets: In order to avoid problems with the production of printable data, we also offer you a PDF export our Saal Digital Joboptions for download free of charge. You can use these for all InDesign versions. Please download the job options here and install them on your computer.

To load the job options in InDesign, click File and under Adobe PDF Presets, select Define. Then click Load and select the Saal Digital.joboptions from the saved location on your computer.

You can now select the Saal Digital profile under Adobe PDF Presets and then export your PDF.

PDF Joboptions

PDF optimizer

Open your PDF in Adobe Acrobat Pro and select under "File -> Save as -> Optimized PDF". Please adjust the following settings:

Compatibility: "Retain existing“

  • Images: here we recommend "Bicubic Downsampling to" 300 or 301 ppi for images above 300 ppi (JPEG, maximal quality)
  • Fonts: please tick the checkbox “Do not unembed any font”
  • Transparency: please select “High Resolution”
  • Discard Objects: please tick all the checkboxes except
    - Convert smooth lines to curves
    - Detect and merge image fragments
  • Discard User Data: please tick all the checkboxes
  • Clean Up: please set object compression options to "Compress document structure" and tick all the checkboxes except
    - In streams that use LZW encoding, use Flate instead
    - Discard unreferenced named destinations
    - Optimize the PDF for fast web view

Especially for Photoshop
If you are using photo editing programs like Photoshop, we recommend saving the double-page spreads as jpg (Quality 10). Please rename your photos to sequential numbers (01..., 02..., ...), with the help of which your photobook or calendar will be automatically filled.

Export multipage PDF file from Photoshop
In CS3: In Photoshop, it is possible to save more than one document as a multipage PDF file. Please select under File -> Automate -> PDF Presentation. Click on „Add open files“ to open the files needed and then select "Multipage Document" to save all the files in one PDF.
In CS4: In CS4 this function is integrated in Adobe Bridge. Please select the needed files from the folders. Then go to the output panel (Window -> Workspace -> Output; the panel appears on the right side). Please select "PDF" and set "Template" to "Custom". Now you have to enter the accurate page size. In the tab "Layout", please set the values of margin (top, bottom...) to zero. You can ignore the tabs "Overlays", "Header", "Footer", "Playback" and "Watermark" and save the document in the end. 

Especially for Scribus
Scribus 1.4.4 can embed fonts in PDF files, while other old versions do not support this function. Therefore, if you are not using the latest version, it is necessary to convert the fonts to outlines (also "convert to paths") before the export.

Please note: Although the structure of multi-page photography products in Scribus is possible with double pages, in PDF export, the duplicate pages are exported separately as single pages. The PDF file is needed in the webshop (with photobooks) but with coherent double pages, so that this can be interpreted correctly. In order to create your data in Scribus, we recommend that you create a single page in the format of a double page and to create the corresponding markers and help lines.

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