Unlimited fonts, designs...gold 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).