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Developments in Digital Print Standardization

PSD Handbook – Update 2018

Since its establishment in the Digital Printing TC (Technical Committee), the PSD Handbook was always meant to reflect the current state of the art. Therefore the manual is not set in stone, but needs to be updated accordingly. The Technical Committee discusses and reviews possible changes annually. Following the first edition in 2011 and the update in 2016, now further, minor changes have been made. 

The current version (2018) is now online. (as of: 14.05.2018)

PSD – ProcessStandard Digital – Handbook

PSD Handbook 2018 (English)

Please comment either directly to kraushaar@fogra.org or use the DPWG mailing list.

Download the handbook either as screen or print out version.

PSD Handbook 2018 (Screen)20 MB14.05.2018
PSD Handbook 2018 (Print) 35 MB14.05.2018

Italian version (2016): Download

Migrating from FOGRA39 to FOGRA51

Read more about the transition from FOGRA39 to its successor in chapter 3.6 of the PSD Handbook.


Chapter 8 of the PSD Handbook gives an overview over the necessary requirements and tests for a PSD certification. Please find more information about how to get PSD certified here.

ISO 15311 - The digital printing production standard

The ISO title is: Graphic Technology - Requirements for printed matter for commercial and industrial production. However there is some discussion within ISO TC130 WG3 if the standard should be restricted to digital printing or not (since it can be applied also to conventionally printed products).

Contrary to ISO 12647-x, ISO 15311 is a multipart standard based on representative use cases (rather then printing technologies). Substantial contribution has been made in the Fogra digital printing working group (DPWG). In light of the latest discussion within TC130 WG3 it was agreed to continue as a TS (Technical Specification) instead of a ISO track. The current structure looks as follows:

Part 1: Measurement methods and reporting schema  - published 2016
Part 2: Digital Commerical Printing -> almost published (FDIS apprroved)
Part 3: Large Format Signage Printing -> current status: Draft will be published as Fogra specification (FograSpec ). Read introduction for more information.

The concrete definition of the measurement methods is subject of the recently establish working group between TC130 and JTC1 SC28 WG4, namely JWG 14. It will work on a project (ISO/PWI 18621) that provides different parts where each part covers a defined measurement method such as M-Score, L-Score and Co.

Further parts will be added when enough interest and contribution is available. If you don't know what CD means or WD or DIS or other ISO rules ...

More Information:

Regarding further information and the latest news of standardization, please refer to our ISO news - The Fogra standards update.

Process Standard Offset print [PSO] for Digital Printing? Between appropriate use and opportunism

The ISO standard for digital production printing - A comment

Active Contribution:

Use the opportunity and actively shape the all new digital printing production standard. It doesn't matter if you are a user or a manufacturer, your contribution counts. In order to get an overview of the current projects in the digital printing arena just participate in the digital printing working group (technical committee 'Digital printing'). Register for the mailing list, have a look on what is being communicated or join the physical meetings. Contact us! Informations for members of the technical committee 'Digital printing' as well as the date for the next meetings is found in on our research website.

Media Wedge Evaluation

Please find here the current version of the MKCheck MS-Excel spreadsheet. It covers both the side-by-side and the media-relative evaluation (PSD). It also covers the brand new ISO/DIS 12647-7 proofing tolerances. Please discuss and share your experiences in the DPWG mailing list. It is planned to provide two versions. One is for M0-based reference printing conditions (up to FOGRA50) and one for M1-based data (as of FOGRA51).

Download MKCheck.xls