How to properly create files
Let’s start by saying that letterpress printing can only be made using 100% coloured graphic designs and shapes, without any halftone or shade and only using vector graphic designs. In order to print Letterpress products, you will have to create a graphic file and, if needed, a file for embossing, by starting from the template that you can download from the product page. Let’s see how!
1. Graphic file
Letterpress printing may include hot foil printing, 2-colour printing as well as embossing. In the first two cases, you will need to set the chosen as 100% SPOT.
2. Embossing file
If you also opt for embossing, you will just need to create a file – that you will call Embossing.pdf – which shall only include the parts which are meant to be printed using this method, using 100% black without any halftone or shade.
Minimum size for reproductionFor hot foil printing, you have to comply with some minimum thickness requirements, under which we cannot ensure your file can be reproduced. They are as follows:
- Minimum font size for English characters: 14 pt (capital letters: 4.5mm high)
- Minimum font size for serif fonts: 10 pt (capital letters: 3mm high)
- Minimum font size for sans serif fonts: 8 pt (capital letters: 2mm high)
- Minimum size for lines: 1 pt (0.3mm)
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: 300dpi
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, out preprinting department will thoroughly check and fix any problem, if needed.
Otherwise, contact us. We are always willing to resolve any doubt.