We have prepared the following guide to assist you with your electronic file preparation and submission. If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide, or have other questions, please feel free to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Improperly prepared files can cause delays in printing
All fonts are embedded or outlined
►Type is legible and crisp. As a rule, do not use thin fonts on dark backgrounds or fonts below 7 points
►Page layout is correct.
►Margins are set.
►The Artwork matches the specified dimensions.
►All linked files, images, and fonts are placed in separate folders.
►Colours in CMYK mode.
At least a 2mm border must be added to pictures and designs bleeding to the edge for business cards, 3mm for A4 & larger, and for large posters, 10mm +, so that there is no white space or border showing around the artwork. It is also important to keep text at least 4mm away from the trim edge or the trim line to prevent accidental cropping.
Print previews are not a safe and sure measuring tool for colour accuracy. Colours on the file might be affected by monitor calibration, screen resolution, and lighting, just to name a few. Many Pantone colours show a marked colour shift when converted to four colour process.
To achieve the desired colour on press, digital files must reflect accurate colour models and percentage. Please make sure all colours are in CMYK mode for colour accuracy and a better quality output.
►All images and pictures should be 300 dpi.
►Rasterized text or logos should be 1200 dpi.
How To Set Up Your 0.76mm PVC Plastic Business Card
Our new plastic PVC range comes with a new range of extras. Below you will find our artwork requirements for these extras so you can set up your press-ready artwork correctly.
Spot UV for our 0.76mm PVC Business Cards requires the same steps as setting up Spot UV for our Artboards, please refer to our tutorial here.
You can supply your own font file or we can supply a generic font
- Please provide all variable data in a .csv file (note that numbering does NOT require a .csv)
- Numbers can either be embossed (raised) tipped in gold or silver foil, or foiled (flat) in gold, silver, black or white foil.
- There must be a 2mm gap between where the numbering starts or finishes, and the edges of your plastic card.
- You should leave numbering/variable data off your print file but include the location of where your numbering/variable data are to be positioned on your proof file.
Signature panels can extend from one end of the card right to the other, and be any thickness, however, there must be 2mm gap between the top and bottom of the signature panel.
- You can have multiple signature panels per card.
- You should leave the signature panel off your print file but include the length and thickness of your signature panel in you proof file (in 100% magenta).
Magnetic strips are available at a standard size of 12.5mm and extend from one side of the card to the other.
- Please note, if you wish to have both a magnetic strip and Signature Panel, they must have 3mm between them.
- You should leave the magnetic strip off your print file, but include the placement of the magnetic strip the proof file (in 100% magenta)
- We offer two types of magnetics strips, Lo-Co is perfect for temporary cards and Hi-Co is the way to go for frequently swiped cards.
- 5mm circular holes are available, which need to be 5mm away from any edge of your card.
- You should leave the circular hole off your print file but include the location of your hole on your proof file (in 100% magenta).
Setting Up Spot White In Your Artwork
If you need to set up white in your artwork, please refer to our tutorial here. Please note that if you are using white as a base colour with CMYK over the top you will need to set your CMYK to overprint.