ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS

If you have any questions regarding artwork  file submission and setup, here are some helpful tips. Keep in mind, these are basic guidelines and that requirements may be different from job to job.  Plastic Cardz can provide you with any assistance you may need in setting up and submitting your artwork files.  Feel free to give us a call at 260-440-1964.

The quality of your imprint depends upon the quality of artwork supply to us. To insure quickest order turnaround time, we require all submitted artwork to be Vector File or Camera-Ready.  If artwork is not camera ready and will require minor changes, touch-ups or recreations please provide the original editable files.

Full Design Camera Ready:

Please have your finished artwork in Illustrator format and all text outlined. If you do not have illustrator we will convert your Photoshop files but you need to include all fonts and also make sure all your text is editable. Please show all your options on your artwork and state as FPO (for placement only). We will remove all FPO barcodes, mag stripes, data, etc.. prior to production. Any text or art that is getting extra options such as foil stamping, crystal raised ink, etc. has to be in vector format.

 

Windows/Mac

File Format

DPI
Mode
Illustrator (vector)
.ai
300dpi
CMYK
Photoshop (layered)
.psd
300dpi
CMYK
EPS (vector)
.eps
300dpi
CMYK
PDF (vector)
.pdf
300dpi
CMYK
InDesign (vector)

.indd

300dpi

CMYK

 

Fonts:

Please check all vector EPS files and send along fonts files for those graphics.

Do NOT use “applied” type styles in the control or measurements palettes to make the type bold or italic; please always choose the bold or italic versions of the font from the font list in order to prevent unexpected print results.

Color:

Save all color photos and vector images as CMYK if the job is to be 4 color process. Specify which colors are to be spot and which colors are to be 4 color process. Choose colors from the Pantone swatch books, rather than color combinations that look good on your monitor.

Colors from a low-end, non-color managed printer do NOT represent the color that will be printed. Please provide any previously printed cards or collateral pieces that we may have to match for color.

Linked graphic files. This includes all graphics that were placed from vector programs such as Illustrator and Freehand, as well as any images placed into the vector programs. For example: if you have created a logo in Adobe Illustrator that contains a Photoshop image, you must provide us with both the Illustrator file as well as the Photoshop file. Graphics application programs will not collect the Photoshop file, so you must manually copy it. All graphics should be in EPS or tiff format. Please avoid PICT and Windows BMP files.

All color and grayscale photos need to be at 300 dpi at the final size Scan all color and grayscale photos at 300 dpi at the final size that they will be used in your document. All color scans must be saved as CMYK color space. We will not accept RGB color.

All linework should be scanned at no less than 1200 dpi at final size and saved as a tiff or bitmap.

Card Options:

Please show all your options on your artwork and state as FPO(for placement only). We will remove all FPO barcodes, mag stripes, data, etc.. prior to production.

Photoshop Layers: Please do not flatten your artwork.

Click here for our  ARTWORK SUBMISSION CHECKLIST.

 

**Please make sure all files and formats meet the requirements stated above.**

**We want your cards to be at their highest quality and reduce any possible delays**

 

  • Full color process on one or both sides.
  • Thermal printing of text, name, PIN numbers or automated lists may be printed directly on each piece.
  • Embossing with gold, silver, or black tipping (other colors available for 5k or more).
  • Hole punching – slot, round, various sizes and shapes are available.
  • Sequential numbering or individual serial numbering with provided database.
  • Signature and custom signature panels are available
  • Scratch-off overlay panels for special promotions and contests.
  • Hi-Co or Lo-Co Magnetic stripe encoding on tracks 1, 2, or 3.
  • Bar coding in multiple formats available.
  • Multiple finishes like Matte, Frosted, or UV coated.
  • White stock PVC.
  • Foil Stamping in gold or silver for a brilliant attraction.
  • Metallic colors in gold or silver for a sparkling look.

 

Please Contact Us for further assistance.