Technical Specification for foil printing
For double sided Foil business cards please supply your artwork as a 4-page PDF. Page 1 is the front of the artwork, page 2 is the back of the artwork, page 3 is the Foil artwork for the front and page 4 is blank. The Foil artwork should contain solid black shapes in the exact position where the Foil is required.
If you are printing a one-sided document, then a 2-page PDF is required where page 1 is the design and page 2 is the Foil artwork. Please ensure Foil artwork is supplied as a vector, is 100% black only and does not contain any cyan, magenta or yellow.
Please note: Foil application has registration tolerances of approximately ±0.5 mm. It is not therefore recommended that small text (10pt minimum) or thin lines (1pt minimum) are foiled as perfect register cannot be guaranteed. For this reason we advise against representing your foiling within your CMYK artwork.
- Include 3mm bleed on all sides
- Supply as a CMYK PDF
- Outline or embed fonts
- 300dpi resolution
- We recommend that any foil is at least 3mm from the trim edge to achieve the best results.
- Foil artwork must be in vector format
- The minimum font size is 10pt and line weights should be at least 1pt.
For more guidance on how to successfully set up and submit your artwork, see our technical guide.