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What is a mask file?

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 K = 100%…

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What is spot uv? Why do I want it? How is it made?

As you may have heard, UV coating refers to applying a clear liquid coat over printed designs. This is treated under ultraviolet light, drying it instantly. For some designs, spot UV is done instead. This is where you apply the UV coating only on specific areas of the printed design.…

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How do I setup my artwork for foil stamping and embossing?

You need to create two mask files for design projects that need foil stamping and embossing. One has to be a mask file for foil stamping while the other is for embossing. To create a vector-based artwork, use industry-standard applications such as Adobe Illustrator and InDesign. Foil Stamping Create a design.…

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How do I setup my artwork for embossing?

To set up your design projects for embossing, you must create a mask file using programs such as Adobe InDesign and Illustrator. Here’s what you need to do: Step 1: Set up your document. We have blank print-ready templates, which you can use to create your design. Step 2: Make…

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What the heck is a layered die cut and how is it setup?

Die cutting refers to the art of cutting custom or pre-defined shapes out of card or flyer paper. Multi-layer die cutting replicates this process using another card to give the print design more depth and dimension. To set up each layer of a multi-layered die cut, you have to create…

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How do I setup artwork for a die cut product?

Find a good vector design program such as Adobe InDesign or Illustrator to create a mask file for your die cut projects. Here’s how you can prepare artworks for die cutting:   Step 1: Start a new design project. To set up a print file for die cutting, your design…

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What are the DOs & Don’ts when designing foil stamped products?

Those who plan on creating their own artwork for foiling need to remember some rules to ensure the success of their project. When you’re designing your business card, you should do it in vector art, not bitmap. That’s because high-resolution bitmap art comes in 300 dots per inch. You end…

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Does it matter if my file is 8 bits per channel or 16 bits per channel?

Yes, the preferred color depth for all files is 8 bits per channel.

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I would love borders on my banner or sign, is that cool?

Unfortunately, borders are a no-no for printing. Borders are problematic since all substrates vary for each batch. This makes precise cutting almost impossible. For Grand4mat, it’s strongly recommended not to add borders on your design. If you insist on including them, go for borders about 2 inches thick. However, do…

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Should I include crop marks on large format orders?

No. Grand4mat is especially designed to trim your file according to custom specifications. Do not include crop marks and other markings that are not supposed to show on the printed piece.

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Should I include any fonts with my files?

No. All fonts must be outlined before uploading your file. And if you are using Adobe Photoshop, you may send the flattened copy.

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When and how should I scale my artwork to keep the file in a manageable size?

While scaling your artwork can make it more manageable size-wise, it’s not always required to change size specifications. You should only use smaller scales if the file is too big. Here are different types of artwork and print materials, and how to scale each one: Vector Art Grand4mat can print…

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What size should my text be if I want to view my banner or yard sign from a distance?

Your text size will mostly depend on two factors: desired print size, and the distance you want the text to be readable from. Check out the Scale and Resolution Chart below, which serves as a guide for your estimates:

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What file format is best for large format products?

For Grand4mat, PDF format is recommended. However, the machine can also process other formats like JPG or TIF.

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What the heck is cold foil / photo foil?

Using Akuafoil, your wide range of CMYK colors can be turned into multi-colored foils. Akuafoil uses a special processed foil system that is used under a 4/c process to generate an array of foil colors. It’s modest, reasonable, and makes your prints look unique For an Akuafoil job, an Akuafoil…

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How do I setup artwork for Foil Stamped product?

Only one type of foil per order can be used (you cannot order a Foil Worx job with Gold on the front and Silver on the back). Foil job files are set up exactly like our Spot UV job files. You must provide a distinct Foil mask file: having black…

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