Submitting files for print can be tricky if you’re not familiar with the process, so, we’ve laid out some effective tips to ensure success. With this guide you’ll master the printing process in no time. Trust us, it’s easier than you think.
This guide will help you set up separation files correctly.
When you’re printing with spot UV, foil, letterpress or embossing features, you’ll need to send in a “separation” file in addition to standard artwork files. This additional file reflects the area that will have the special print treatment.
Step 1: Determine Which Areas Will Get Special Treatment
Looking at your existing CMYK files, determine which areas you want to set apart using special print treatment.
Step 2: Define Separation
Create a separation file that only includes the elements that are to receive special treatment. This file must only be black and white, with the black elements indicating those which will have the special print treatment applied to them.
Note: the black elements must be 100% black and should be submitted in a vector format.
CMYK: 0, 0, 0, 100
Step 3: Check Alignment of Separation
It’s a good idea to double check that your separation aligns exactly with your artwork. It’s easy: Just place your separation artwork and CMYK artwork on two different layers to ensure the elements align. You might want to adjust the opacity of the top layer to see the bottom layer properly for this step.
Step 4: Export Files
It’s time to export. During this step, name each file with its corresponding print method, so we can easily determine which file should be used for each printing process you’ve chosen. Take these files and file names for a spot UV printing treatment as an example:
Take these files and file names for a spot UV printing treatment as an example:
Identifying each file clearly can help avoid order processing delays, especially if you’re ordering multiple sets of materials or requesting multiple print processes.
We want to ensure every MADEXHAND client is satisfied with their order - and we know the process can seem overwhelming in the beginning. We’re here to help. If you still have questions or would like to speak to one of our experts please reach out to us firstname.lastname@example.org - we’d love to hear from you.