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Since the marketing world has moved online, a lot of people have become convinced that print marketing is no longer a viable way to attract customers. This may seem true on the surface, but by digging a little deeper, you’ll find out that print marketing is slowly making a resurgence. One of the major reasons … Read more
15 Free Graphic Design Resources to Make Your Project Pop Successful graphic design requires having the right tools at your disposal. Here are 15 graphic design resources that will take your project to the next level. Quality graphics design can boost company performance by 200%. It is no surprise that graphic designers are sought after … Read more
We recently completed a new brand package for a local dog grooming outfit out of Texas and we wanted to share it with you. Debbie Gerdes, the owner, tasked us with designing her a new logo, establishing a brand color palette, and printing her some spiffy new business cards. Since she is such a fun-loving … Read more
The Black Plate Hotshot Legal is a digital learning aid for lawyers, an educational platform that simplifies complex legal concepts through short educational videos. It is an online law school of sorts. Some of my friends who are lawyers tend to the Hotshot Legal app on their phones every day, almost religiously. They trust the … Read more
Make sure there is a space of 0.25” between mask file and scoring line. It will prevent varnish breakage and allows effortless folding.
Your UV coverage must be less than 30% if you want the best results. Else, the cards may get stuck together. Also, use the vector-based program to create mask-file. The acceptable area with thin strokes, patterns or small shapes is 70%. It must not exceed 1” × 1”.
Both Spot UV jobs and Raised Spot UV jobs can be set up the same way. You should include a mask file for Raised Spot UV with the regular print file if you want to create a Raised Spot UV job. Make sure you’ve created the mask file in vector-based programs for example illustrator. The Raised Spot UV mask file will show where to apply the UV coating. But, use solid 100% K that will indicate where you want the UV. Avoid using glows, shadows or grayscale images. White represents no UV.
Foil mask files are set up just like our Spot UV mask files. The file can only be black and white. All black areas should be 100k or only 100% black with no other colors added. Black in the areas you want the foil and white in the areas you do not want the foil. If you order a Foil Worx job with Spot UV, you must provide separate mask files for the Foil (foil mask) and UV (spuv mask), in that case up to 6 files will need to be provided. However, please keep in mind that the Foil … Read more
Spot UV is a shiny layer with a flat finish. It goes precisely in the place where you’d want your piece to have a glossy coating. The Raised Spot UV is same as Spot UV. But, the applied UV stands out that you’ll feel it if you touch the card. It is raised to a depth of 50 microns.
Raised spot UV designs generally have a depth of 50 microns. That is enough to be able to feel the raised detailing on a card. With spot UV, you could highlight certain elements of your business card, such as the logo, image, brand name, and others.
When creating a Spot UV job, You must include a Spot UV template file along with the regular full color file. The Spot UV template file is used to show where the UV will be placed. NORMAL CMYK PRINT FILE SPOT UV TEMPLATE FILE Use 100% K to indicate where you would like the UV. White will indicate no UV. REMEMBER “IF IT’S WHITE, YOU CAN WRITE!”
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. You don’t have to coat the entire paper surface. The same drying process is used, but the depth effect you get is more focused on certain elements of your card. For example, if you want to highlight your logo, spot UV on the edges could give it a luxurious sheen. … Read more
You are advised not to use font-size lesser than 6pt. But, if you have thicker strokes, use size no less than 9pt.
Our premium plastic business cards are made of quality polypropylene. Available in a range of finishes and thickness, you can have your pick of durable plastic business cards to suit your brand. Polypropylene is 100% recyclable, so these cards are considered eco-friendly options. In terms of thickness, our 30 PT cards feature the standard credit card size. These plastic cards are thick and sturdy, ideal for marketing and networking activities. Here are the different finishes you can choose from: Clear – completely transparent Frosted – semi-transparent and slightly see-through Opaque – solid white cards and not transparent at all Keep … Read more
For a job of Spot UV, include a template file of Spot UV and a file of regular print. The template file of Spot UV shows the required area to apply UV coating. Spot UV For good quality, you must create mask files in programs that are vector-based(ex. Illustrator or CorelDRAW). Only solid 100% K must be used to specify where you want the UV. Glows, shadows or grayscale images must not be used. No UV is indicated by white. Remember! You may write, when its white.
When using Clear Labels, you have a choice to opt white ink as the color of base so that the prints can be opaque in few areas and transparent in some. When using Bright Metallic Silver, the foil material will be hidden by white ink to make solid colors. White Mask files are distinct from your given artwork files and Black color specifies where all white ink will print, just like in Spot UV Masks. Remember to create the mask file in the same size as the color art file. This will suppress alignment issues while printing. Note: White Masks … Read more
If you’ve chosen a finish that requires one, like: white ink, foil, spot uv, etc – then yes! But if you don’t know how to create one or need help, our prepress team is happy to handle that for you.
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. Watch our How-To Video Create a black and white pdf file where all black areas have a color value of K = 100% (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. If your project contains more than one finish, you must provide separate mask files for each finish.
First off, what is embossing? Embossing is impressing a design or decoration with or without a printed image. The whole embossing process is very good and it can enhance the look of any design. When there is a printed image, it is referred to as registered embossing and where there is no printed image, it is referred to as blind embossing. In this article, we are going to explore the major differences between these two types of embossing and the most preferred one between the two. Blind Embossing This is the method of creating characters, especially logos without using ink. … Read more
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