You should always start and finish your designs in CMYK color mode. If you send an RGB file, there is a chance that a color shift may occur and you may not be satisfied with your job.
Regular printing - no less than 300 dpi files.
Large format - 150 dpi files.
Bleed must extend past the cut-line and will be trimmed from the product during the final cutting phase. When the image is required to extend all the way to the edge, bleed is needed to preserve the finished look and the quality of the final product.
Keep all text at least 0.125" inside the cut-line.
- The bleed for Standard Products is 0.125".
- The bleed for Booklets and Presentation Folders is 0.25".
Rich Blue and Rich Black
To make sure blues do not come out purple make sure to leave at least a 30% difference in your Cyan and Magenta values. We recommend using 100% C 100% M 0% Y 0% K
To make deep, dark, rich black on paper, we recommend using C 60 M 40 Y 40 K 100,
on fabrics: C 100 M 100 Y 100 K 100
Cracking is normal when coated jobs are scored and folded. Ordering the job without UV will help but may not prevent this. As the job is used and folded more and more, cracking will eventually happen.
Files for Spots and Foils
When creating a Spot UV job, foil job, or design with white, metallic (i.e. Silver Pantone metallic coated 877c), or specialty inks, you must provide separate mask files: black in the areas you want the ink, foil or UV and white in the areas you do not want the foil, ink, or UV.
All black areas should be solid 100% K with no other added colors. If you order a Foil Worx job with Spot UV, you'll need to provide separate mask files for the Foil (foil mask) and UV (spot UV mask), in which case you may be required to provide up to 6 files. Please keep in mind, however, that the Foil and UV coating can't overlap, both should be at least 1/16" apart to avoid foil peeling off. Also, avoid using small/fine text or lines for foil objects.
For better quality, we recommend creating mask files in vector-based programs such as Illustrator or CorelDRAW. Acceptable file types are EPS, CDR, and PDF.
For multiple files, you can upload a ZIP file containing all the artwork for one job. To help expedite the process, naming the files correctly is very important. Try to adhere to the following naming convention:
If you have multiple Groups, be sure to create a folder for each Group inside the zip file.