How to properly create files
You will have to create three different files: two files shall be in PDF format and shall be respectively named Layout.pdf and Scratchoff.pdf; while the third one shall be in
XLS format and you can call it Variabledata.csv.
1. Graphic file
The Layout.pdf file shall contain the graphic designs and the area that can be scratched off. Remember to use a 30% black background right under the silver part to be scratched off. We will then add the variable data in this area with a 55% black text for the answer, so that you cannot see through it.
In case you want to use a specific font for your answers, you will have to send it to us; if you fail to do so, our preprinting department will automatically choose the font to be used.
2. Scratch-off file
The Scratchoff.pdf file shall contain the silver/golden area to be scratched off. This area shall be 100% black.Download Example File
3. Answers file
The third file, that is Variabledata.csv – which shall be either in
CSV or in
XLS format –, shall contain the codes in the column A and the kind of code shall be indicated in the line No. 1 (e.g. “password” “coupon”, etc.).
Otherwise, in case you need Answers with Barcodes, you will have to provide either a
CSV or an
XLS file, in which numeric codes shall be put in the column A, while the kind of code shall be indicated in the line No. 1 (e.g. “Delivery Barcode”, etc.). We will deal with the creation of the image of the barcode with encoding EAN13. In case you need any other kind of encoding, please specify it when placing the order.
CELLS FORMATWARNING! The cells format selected shall be “TEXT”
Scratch cards are wrapped in cellophane and delivered on a single sheet. The printing sequence will not be indicated.
Just like any other printed product, scratch cards also have a manufacturing tolerance. If possible, we will indicate the wrong tickets so that they can be canceled. For this product, it is not possible to make prize competitions requiring an exact proportion among answers.
Always remember that your file has to comply with the following features that apply to every file:
- 1:1 scale and 5mm bleed for each side
- CMYK colour model
- High-quality PDF
- Images resolution: 300ppi
For the complete checklist please read out Complete checklist file
Do you still have any doubts?
Ask for our Professional Check
Creating a perfect print file is not always a walk in the park. This is why our support service is ready to help you. In the product settings, you can opt for our Professional Check. In this way, our preprinting department will thoroughly check and fix any problem, if needed.
Otherwise, contact us. We are always willing to resolve any doubt.