Design Your Own Label

Unlimited fonts, on thin leather


You can design your own labels instead of relying on my custom design. Some guidelines are below

Fees - All labels you design will require some digital manipulation by me to prepare them for the foiling process. This is normally done at no-cost but some more complicated designs or low resolution graphics may incur extra fees. I will let you know in advance about any fees, with an estimate.


Programs - The best results are achieved with vector/draw programs such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDraw or Inkscape (free). You can also use photo/paint programs such as Photoshop, MS paint or Gimp (free).

Non-design programs like word processors (e.g. Word), presentation software (Powerpoint) and page layout programs (Publisher) generally do not work well – email me for help with these programs.


Bounding Box - For all programs, place a bounding box outside of your label to guide cutting. Generally the box should be 1/8” or 2mm larger than the final size you need.


    Draw (Vector) Program Instructions

  • It's best if I have the font you're using (I have hundreds).
  • If you're using a very unusual font, you should export the fonts as outlines or provide me the font

  • Designs with fine details, lines less than .75 pt and fonts smaller than 8 pt may not reproduce well
  • Save your file as a pdf and, if possible, also provide me a copy in the native format also (such as .ai (illstrator) or .cdr (coreldraw)


    Paint (Raster) Program Instructions

  • Graphics saved from the internet generally will not work, due to inadequate resolution (72 dpi). However, I can help adapt some internet graphics on request.

  • Optimum resolution is at least 300 dpi, and preferably 1,200 dpi

  • Don't use designs with fine details, lines less than .75 pt and fonts smaller than 8 pt as they may not reproduce well.

  • Edges of all graphics should be sharp. Turn off “anti-alias” options. If you zoom-in and see jagged edges, I may have to assist in smoothing. .

  • The labels and graphics must be black & white only (no gray).

  • It is best to save the file in .tif or .png formats. If you can, also send me the "native" file --such as .psd (photoshop) or .xcf (gimp).