Setting Up Your Artwork For Print
Correctly setting up artwork for print is an important step that will ensure you receive the best results possible. This quick guide will take you through the steps. Remember, we can assist you with design if you need help.
- All documents and images should be at least 300 DPI (pixels per inch/dots per inch). This will ensure the result is crisp and clear.
Avoid using graphics or pictures downloaded from the internet. Pictures on websites or screen shots of websites are only 72 DPI – the resolution of a computer monitor. A 72 DPI graphic will appear fuzzy or pixilated when printed.
- For best color matching results please use a CMYK color profile for color prints. This will help (but not guarantee) that your prints will be as close as possible to your desired colors. Please note that colors can vary slightly from run to run.
- Our preferred file type is PDF but we do accept EPS and JPG files.
If you have other file types please contact us prior to placing your order.
- Setting Up Files for a Full Bleed:
A bleed is the term used to describe the printing of a document with no white margins at the edges of the paper. Most printers leave a margin between the edge of the image/text and the edge of the paper. In order to avoid this, your document must be set up with a ‘bleed’.
- To Correctly Set Up Your File for a Full Bleed:
For example, for a business card your design should be sized at least a 1/4” larger on all sides. We will cut the printed card to the finished size of 3.5″ x 2″. Make sure that any text or images are well within these lines to avoid cropping.Do not add crop marks or color bars to your finished file – we will take care of that.
- Therefore, Set Up Your File As Follows:
For a business card, your file should be 3.75″ x 2.25″ finished size which we will cut to 3.5″ x 2.0″ finished product.
Added crops make odd file sizes and can
place the artwork off center. Remove all
crop marks and color bars before submitting your artwork.
Your PDF should look like this (dotted lines are for illustration purposes only – black is the cut line and blue is the safety margin).
No printers marks.
Your finished product once it has
been cut to its specific size. Note that the
text is within the safety margins to avoid
Setting Up For Spot UV, Akuafoil, & Metallic Foiled
When creating a Spot UV, Akuafoil, or Metallic Foiled card, you must include an extra template file along with the regular print file. This template file, called a “MASK”, is used to show where the UV coating or foil needs to be applied.
Use only solid 100% BlacK to indicate where you would like the UV or foil. Do not use shadows, glows or grayscale images. White will indicate no UV or no foil. Make sure the mask and CMYK print file are aligned. They should match exactly in size and position.
For better quality we recommend creating mask files in vector based programs such as Illustrator or CorelDRAW.
Remember, if it’s white, you can write!
Special Notes for Metallic Foiled: Avoid using small or fine text or lines for foil objects. For best results, please make sure that foil coverage is less than 50% of the entire print side. Also, be aware that there may be up to a 1/16″ shift on the placement of the foil. Keep this in mind if you are trying to align foil with other printed artwork on the card.
Special Notes for Akuafoil: Akuafoil works best on lighter colors. The darker the CMYK color, the less vibrant the Akuafoil effect. Do not use very thin or small text and artwork with Akuafoil. Use San Serif fonts above 12 point for best results. If you have Akuafoil applied to a white area, it will have a plain silver Akuafoil look.