Artwork FAQs


When you are looking for a font size for your printing job, there are a lot of factors that you need to consider to get … Read more

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Exporting A Print Ready Pdf File From Illustrator Or Indesign.

During the exportation of your printed files, you have to ensure that your files are print-ready. Cross-check all the contents to know they are within … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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, … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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 … Read more

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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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