When preparing artwork for dies:
Illustrator files are recommended (.PDF and/or .EPS formats). This will ensure crisp, solid artwork to create the die.
Do not include masks
Convert all type to outlines
Do not include compound paths
All objects should be filled with solid color
Avoid intersecting lines or images
Artwork for foil stamping and/or embossing
It must be solid line art (without the use of any screens)
Digital File must be 100% of size. Artwork should be saved at 600 dpi or higher to ensure best results
Artwork for embossing
Make sure that you notify us of the type and thickness of your stock
Artwork for brass multi-level or brass sculptured engravings can be a bit more complicated. Reference 4/color art can be used as a guide.
Image to be multi-level embossed
The type of embossing effect for each levelmust be indicated • Raised Round • Raised Flat • Raised Roof
Image to be sculptured embossed
Designer can have input and make suggestions but the engraver may have input as well, due to limitations of stock.
Take the artwork that will include sculptured embossing and indicate what areas on the image should include intricate detail in the embossing die
If there is a printed image that is partially sculptured embossed, separate out a layer in a digital file that indicates the portion of the image to emboss
Additional tips for creating embossing artwork:
If embossing letters or images are close to each other; create more space (kerning) to allow for the bevel
*Very small images should be avoided
With multi-level or sculptured artwork, create different layers on the digital file for each process or embossing layer
Camera ready copy - For copper and magnesium clean, camera ready copy can be submitted.