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GWG supported the use of PDF in packaging with its work on ISO 19593-1, the standard known as Processing Steps, and by the development of a specification targeted at packaging.

Digital Print

The digital print section caters to the growing small format digital print segment and provides standardized guidelines for PDF file creation and quality control.

Sign & Display

Sign & Display is an incredibly varied market, that is home to many different products such as photo-print, hanging or roll-up banners, car or bus wraps and huge billboards.

Commercial Print

The specifications for the exchange of advertisements and for sheetfed and webfed offset printing where the first specifications developed by the group.

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Application Settings

Many applications require special settings or configurations in order to export good PDF or to be able to validate it. On this page the Ghent Workgroup members publish their settings.

Ghent PDF Output Suite

The Ghent PDF Output Suite was created for people processing PDF files in the graphic arts industry, to help determine whether their workflows are behaving as expected.

Workflow Tools

The main purpose of the Ghent Workgroup is to create practical workflow tools that make your daily production tasks easier and faster. We are always adding or updating these tools.

GWG specifications

The GWG specifications include documentation explaining the theoretical sides of the specifications and they include deliverable reference implementations.

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Educational resources


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Much of the work done by GWG is of technical nature. These user guides have been written by our subcommittees to communicate those technical details to a wider audience.


In this section you will find interesting and informative presentations given by GWG members around the globe.

Meet our members

Our members

Our members are an impressive, international group of people and companies dedicated to creating global best practices for the graphic arts industry

Vendor members

Vendor Members are software and/or hardware companies with an active interest in supporting the process specifications developed by the Workgroup.

Association members

Association Members are graphic arts industry associations representing printers, publishers, design agencies, prepress houses or similar companies.

Industry members

Industry Members are companies active in the graphic arts industry as a printer, publisher, design agency, prepress house or as a consultant.

Educational members

Educational Members are educational institutions, active in the graphic arts industry.

Liaison members

Liaison Members are international standards organizations working in a field similar to or complimentary to the Workgroup

Core Team

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Creating best practices for publishing and packaging workflows

Since it’s inception in 2002, the Ghent Workgroup has consistently produced numerous process specifications for PDF exchange and has developed useful tools for automating processes and establishing content PDFs for print and publishing.

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GWG Labels

GWG preflight certification

Ghent PDF Output Suite Compliancy

GWG Conformance label

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