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Foil Stamping Guidelines

Foil Stamping Guidelines Recommendations to improve the outcome of your project. Dielines will not be generated for the die maker until the job is printed. Dielines are pulled from the printed piece so that registration is exactly the same. * Inks, varnishes and aqueous coatings must be compatible. * Artwork must be supplied to indicate registration. * Avoid reversing out areas to be stamped. * Image to be stamped/embossed must be 3/4” away from gripper edge of press sheet. * Fine detail may not stamp or emboss correctly. Please consult Knight Abbey for verification. * Please allow 2-3 days to build stamping and embossing dies to avoid extra charges. * Please allow 5-7 days for sculptured brass dies. * Large, solid areas of foil will have picked off areas * Large, solid areas should not stamp over ink (knock out ink area) * Digital printing may have problems foil stamping * When stamping over digital print, knock out ink from all but 1/16” to prevent issues VARIABLE FOIL Variable foil does not require a die, however many of the same guidelines remain standard. If the variable is inline printing with a digital piece, it cannot have any ink within 1/2" of the foil and the area behind the variable foil must be 100% clear...no screens, watermarks or art. If the piece to be variable foiled is printing on a shell there can be ink, however the coverage should never be more than 20% total ink coverage or the digital ink will not adhere to the printed shell. The total size of the printed piece for digital variable does have limitations. As with traditional foil, small type and fine script fonts may not stamp correctly. Please contact Knight Abbey with any questions when planning your project.

Common File Formats for Artwork Recommendations to improve the outcome of your project. Ever wonder when to use which file format and why a printer will not output from a .gif and a web designer cannot use your .eps? Here is a listing and explanation of common files and the common uses of each: First off, to fully understand the differences there are 2 terms that need to be defined; Vector graphics and Raster graphics. A vector graphic is any graphic that is based off of math, which in turn makes vector graphics resolution independent. What all of this printer babble means to you is that if you are using a vector graphic, you can stretch it or enlarge it to any size and it will still output nice and sharp because the graphic just recalculates the math. Another advantage of a math-based graphic is small file sizes. A raster graphic is a totally different story. Raster graphics are based off of pixels, which are basically small chunks of information. For this reason, raster graphics are resolution dependent, which means that there is a set amount of information contained in the graphic. If you enlarge the graphic, no real new information is created; which is the reason you see pixels and graininess in printed graphics that do not have enough resolution. ____________________ .ai – This is Adobe Illustrator’s native file format. Adobe Illustrator is the most popular vector graphics creation program and .ai files support layers. If your designer is using other Adobe programs for print and/or web design (such as InDesign, Dreamweaver and/or Flash) .ai files can be imported directly into those programs, which makes this a good, high-quality file format for your logos for use in print or on the web. Just be sure that you convert all of your type to curves beforehand. Also, please note that in the final code that is uploaded to your webserver, an .ai will be converted to a .jpeg or .gif by Dreamweaver. .eps – This is also a vector file format and it stands for Encapsulated Postscript. Postscript is a computer language made to send to output devices such as printers, imagers etc. This is a high-quality file format for print and mainly used for logos and similar graphics. Unfortunately, Postscript does not display on your computer monitor very accurately so an .eps is not a good choice for web graphics. Please note that this is not to be confused with a Photoshop .eps which is a raster file format and not vector based. .tiff – This is the preferred raster file format for printing. A .tiff is preferred for printing because it is considered a lossless file format which means there is not a compression system applied to the graphic that throws away your precious data upon saving and/or opening. Basically, all of the original information captured by the native device is maintained and preserved unless purposely edited. However, because of this, .tiffs will often have large file sizes which makes it a poor choice

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