How to Prepare Your Artwork
To avoid order delays, read through this artwork guide before placing your order. Please note that web images are not satisfactory for print or foil stamping, as the file size will be too small. If you have any questions prior to ordering, call us at (800) 346-3063 or send us an email.
File preparation specifications
To expedite your order, please follow these guidelines:
- Save vector graphics as an AI, PDF, or EPS file
- Art that will be stamped in two or more colors should be saved ONLY as vector
- All text must be converted to outlines
- Pictures should be a minimum resolution of 300 DPI
- Placed images and line art must have a resolution of 600–1200 DPI
- Must be a minimum of 300 DPI
- Save layered files as PSD—do not flatten
- Convert photos to CMYK/Grayscale, NOT RGB
- Black and white images and line art must be 600–1200 DPI
- Save halftone photos as TIFF, JPG, or EPS
- Save PDF with editing capabilities
- All color TIFF images must be a minimum of 300 DPI and converted to CMYK
- Embed all fonts or outline/rasterize text
Guidelines for foil imprinted logos
Your imprinted photo folders, picture frames, or photo insert cards will look best if you submit a black and white vector logo with clean lines. Remove any gradients, drop shadows, or very fine lines (fine lines may not imprint correctly). If you cannot supply us with satisfactory art, we may be able to assist you.
✖ While good for print, there is no definition in the logo as to what will be foil imprinted and what will be left as negative space.
✓ The black portions of this logo are what will be imprinted. There are no fine lines, so no detail will be lost.
How to use our templates for custom printed photo folders
You can download the appropriate template for custom printed photo folders direct from the product page. Templates are available in PDF format, so you can open them in Photoshop or Illustrator. Here are some tips for using our templates:
Add bleed to any printed product
If your photo folder will have any bleed (ie, the artwork goes to the edge of the folder), make sure you extend the design past the folder's edge by ⅛".
Preserve your layers
Please leave your finalized artwork in a separate layer than the die line don't flatten).
Outline or rasterize your fonts
While we have a large collection of fonts, we might not have the exact one you are using. Please outline all fonts or send us the font files with your artwork.
Please note: We will print your artwork exactly as you place it on the template. To avoid any printing discrepancies, please request a proof when placing your order. As these products are custom made, we highly recommend taking advantage of our free proofing services.