Basic file requirements

  • Bleeds: all files must have an 1/8″ bleed on each side
  • Live Area: keep all critical text and artwork inside the trim
  • Colors: supply your files in CMYK color mode (not pantone)
  • Resolution: 300 dpi
  • Fonts: fonts must converted to curves/outlines
  • Transparencies: flatten all transparencies
  • File Types: PDF, EPS, TIFF or JPEG



How to Setup Mask Files

If your project includes foil stamping, spot uv, embossing, or die cutting you will need to provide a mask file (per finish) alongside your design files.

Create a black and white pdf file where all black areas have a color value of 100% k-black (c-0 m-0 y-0 k-100).

Black areas represent where you want the finish to be located and white means no finish will be applied.

For example, if your project contains foil and spot uv, you must provide separate mask files for each finish.

Video Tutorial

Although this video is showing the process for "Spot UV" mask file creation, the process and method are exactly the same for all our other specialty finishes.