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Sample Kit for Website Standard items

We have created Generic Sample Kit for Website standard items. Sample Kit contains all standard products available on website, also contains all paper stocks, finishing options, and sizes available on our website. Please take a look at the digital copy of the Sample Kit, or contact our Sales Department to request a physical copy of the Sample Kit.

 

 

Limitations to print on the spine of a perfect bind cover

On a perfect bound or double loop cover, you may print the entire area of thespine, but be sure to consult with us beforehand. You’ll need to measure the spine using a bulking dummy to be sure of the exact width. Ink coverage that traps to scoresor bleeds across the spine will also need close attention to ensure proper registrationand to avoid cracking. In addition, perfect bound books will need four scores on the cover [two backbone plus two hinge] for durability and to protect any glued areas when opening. The paper you choose is also a consideration for perfect bind books; text and cover pages must be parallel with the spine or the covers may wrinkle.

Cracking on my scoring job?

Sometimes occurs cracking of the edges of a business cards, when the card contains dark colors. This usually happens on a small amount of cards in the run. To prevent this, use lighter colors or if you must use dark colors, use as little ink as possible.

To prevent this, check your digital files before sending. If you use a gradient, make sure it has enough room for a smooth transition.

Why does my business card edge crack sometimes?

Sometimes occurs cracking of the edges of a business cards, when the card contains dark colors. This usually happens on a small amount of cards in the run. To prevent this, use lighter colors or if you must use dark colors, use as little ink as possible.

What is rich black and how can I get it?

Rich black, in printing, is an ink mixture of solid black over one or more of the other CMYK colors, resulting in a darker tone than black ink alone generates in a printing process.

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The best match to use a rich black is the following: C 50 M 40 Y 40 K 100 This will give you a deep, dark, rich black.

How do I get a grayscale image in a CMYK document?

Grayscale images that are converted to CMYK will have a color shift in the final print. That shift may be green or yellow.

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Don’t forget to check the CMYK values of your grayscale image in the final CMYK document. If there are other values than K in your grayscale image, there is a chance that the color will different.

To eliminate all values other than K, use your Channel Mixer (adjustment layer) in Photoshop, then click “Monochrome” and adjust accordingly. Please see the example below:

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How to make sure blues do not come out purple?

Always make sure to leave at least 30% difference in your Cyan and Magenta values when using a blue in your design. C 100% M 100% Y 0% K 0%

 

In the CMYK spectrum blue is close to purple . Don’t forget to use a low amount of magenta whenever using high amounts of cyan to avoid purple. Example C 100% M 70% Y 0% K 0%

How to set up files for proper rotation?

ColorFX suggested Print Ready Files Orientation:

We require Print Ready files with proper rotation. Files submitted are printed HEAD to HEAD as-is based off your files.

Don’t forget to set up your files so that when we print them HEAD to HEAD the final product will read the way you would like. Make sure to setup front and back files either both sides vertically or both sides horizontally.

If you would like your back file to be upside down, please send your artwork as shown below.

If you have a fold-over or greeting card, please send your artwork as shown.

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How to set up a Foil job?

We offer you multiple choice of foil as well as Silver and Gold. But each order can only have one type of foil. You can create a foil mask just like our Spot UV mask files. Make 100% Magenta in the areas you want the foil and leave transparent in the areas you do not want the foil. If you order a Foil job with Spot UV, you must provide separate mask files for the Foil (foil mask) and UV (spuv mask) with different names: “SpotUV” and “Foil”.

Keep in mind that the Foil and UV can’t overlap. Please avoid using small / fine text or fonts for foil objects. For best results, please make sure that foil coverage is less than 50% of the artwork area

Also, be aware that there may be up to 1/16″ shift on the placement of the foil.

Please see images below to see what mask files should look like.