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Artwork guides for our Plastic Cards

Please download our artwork guidance (PDF file) by choosing the card type below:

Full Colour Plastic Cards

artwork guide for full colour plastic cards

(full colour)

Membership Cards

artwork guide for membership cards

(full colour)

Loyalty Cards

artwork guide for loyalty cards

(full colour)

Key Tags

artwork guide for key tags

(full colour)

Frosted Translucent Plastic Cards

artwork guide for frosted translucent plastic cards

Satin Black Plastic Cards

artwork guide for satin black plastic business cards

Metallic Plastic Cards

artwork guide for metallic plastic business cards

White Plastic Cards

artwork guide for white plastic business cards

Need help with your artwork?

we check your artwork for technical issues


Below is guidance to help you create your artwork in the correct way.

Creating artwork to the correct specifications will enable us to process your order without delay.

We often receive artwork which have technical issues but don't worry as our studio will fix the technical problems free of charge.

If you are unable to create artwork that we can print from you are welcome to use our free artwork service.

Once we have received your artwork and order our studio will email a wonderful realistic email proof for approval.

For the full colour plastic cards, once the email proof is approved, an actual plastic card can be manufactured for final approval before your full order is printed.

From the selection below please click the card type to view the appropriate artwork guide.

You can also download Photoshop, Illustrator and PDF templates plus example artwork files.

  • Full Colour Plastic Cards
  • Membership Cards
  • Loyalty Cards
  • Translucent
  • Satin Black
  • Metallic
  • White
  • Key Tags

Full Colour Plastic Cards artwork guide

Templates and Examples

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Download Photoshop, Illustrator & PDF templates plus example artwork for our Plastic Business Cards.

templates example artwork

Artwork Dimensions

Learn more about artwork sizes and bleed
artwork size

Your artwork needs to measure 92 x 60 mm, this includes a bleed of 3mm at each edge.
If an image or background is to print to a card edge, then it must extend beyond the card edge & into the bleed area so when the cards are cut to size it goes to the card edge.

Note: The plastic cards when cut to size measure 86 x 54 mm but your artwork needs to measure 92 x 60 mm

File Formats & Resolution

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

EPS, PDF, Illustrator or Photoshop files are recommended but jpeg or tiff files are great too.


Please ensure fonts are converted to outlines or paths and all images are embedded.
See here how to convert fonts to outlines / paths in Illustrator.
If sending artwork as eg. jpeg files, 600 dpi is recommended, see here for resolution examples.
Artwork should be CMYK also ensure any white elements are NOT set to "white overprint".
Files can be submitted in RGB colour format but this is not recommended as they will be automatically converted to CMYK using a generic colour profile before they are printed.
This conversion may result in the colours changing more than normal when printed. Also note that it is impossible to reproduce every single colour using a CMYK (full colour) printing process. More information can be found here

Crop Marks and files

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Do not add crop marks, calibration marks or outlines showing the card edge etc.
An example can be found here


Please send your artwork for different sides of the card and for different cards as separate files not as a multipage PDF's.

For example, if you are ordering two cards, please send four files:
Card1-front.pdf   Card1-back.pdf

Card2-front.pdf   Card2-back.pdf

Optional Extras

Learn more about optional extras and artwork specifications
pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

There should be no optional extras present on your artwork. Instead, please send a pdf 'visual' file with your optional extras in place in addition to your actual artwork.

Borders

Learn more about borders
borders

During the printing and cutting process, a small amount of movement and stretching of the plastic of upto 1.5mm can occur.

If a border is 4mm from the edge, and the image moves by 1mm, the border will then be 3mm from one edge and 5mm from the opposite edge.

However, there are two solutions are available:
1. Remove the border from the card.
2. Move the border further away from the edge, so any movement will be less noticeable.

QR codes

Learn more about qr codes
qr codes

QR codes are best printed in black ink on a white square to enable easy scanning.
Note: Some customers have experienced difficulty in scanning QR codes with their smart phones. This is because some smart phones have low quality cameras and a fixed focus lens (this means the phones camera is unable to focus on images very close to the lens). We recommend a minimum size of 15mm to reduce issues with it being scanned.

Membership cards artwork guide

Templates and Examples

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Download Photoshop, Illustrator & PDF templates plus example artwork for our Membership Cards.

templates example artwork

Artwork Dimensions

Learn more about artwork sizes and bleed
artwork size

Your artwork needs to measure 92 x 60 mm, this includes a bleed of 3mm at each edge.
If an image or background is to print to a card edge, then it must extend beyond the card edge & into the bleed area so when the cards are cut to size it goes to the card edge.

Note: The plastic cards when cut to size measure 86 x 54 mm but your artwork needs to measure 92 x 60 mm

File Formats & Resolution

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

EPS, PDF, Illustrator or Photoshop files are recommended but jpeg or tiff files are great too.


Please ensure fonts are converted to outlines or paths and all images are embedded.
See here how to convert fonts to outlines / paths in Illustrator.
If sending artwork as eg. jpeg files, 600 dpi is recommended, see here for resolution examples.
Artwork should be CMYK also ensure any white elements are NOT set to "white overprint".
Files can be submitted in RGB colour format but this is not recommended as they will be automatically converted to CMYK using a generic colour profile before they are printed.
This conversion may result in the colours changing more than normal when printed. Also note that it is impossible to reproduce every single colour using a CMYK (full colour) printing process. More information can be found here

Crop Marks and files

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Do not add crop marks, calibration marks or outlines showing the card edge etc.
An example can be found here


Please send your artwork for different sides of the card and for different cards as separate files not as a multipage PDF's.

For example, if you are ordering two cards, please send four files:
Card1-front.pdf   Card1-back.pdf

Card2-front.pdf   Card2-back.pdf

Optional Extras

Learn more about optional extras and artwork specifications
pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

There should be no optional extras present on your artwork. Instead, please send a pdf 'visual' file with your optional extras in place in addition to your actual artwork.

Borders

Learn more about borders
borders

During the printing and cutting process, a small amount of movement and stretching of the plastic of upto 1.5mm can occur.

If a border is 4mm from the edge, and the image moves by 1mm, the border will then be 3mm from one edge and 5mm from the opposite edge.

However, there are two solutions are available:
1. Remove the border from the card.
2. Move the border further away from the edge, so any movement will be less noticeable.

QR codes

Learn more about qr codes
qr codes

QR codes are best printed in black ink on a white square to enable easy scanning.
Note: Some customers have experienced difficulty in scanning QR codes with their smart phones. This is because some smart phones have low quality cameras and a fixed focus lens (this means the phones camera is unable to focus on images very close to the lens). We recommend a minimum size of 15mm to reduce issues with it being scanned.

Loyalty Cards artwork guide

Templates and Examples

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Download Photoshop, Illustrator & PDF templates plus example artwork for our Loyalty Cards.

templates example artwork

Artwork Dimensions

Learn more about artwork sizes and bleed
artwork size

Your artwork needs to measure 92 x 60 mm, this includes a bleed of 3mm at each edge.
If an image or background is to print to a card edge, then it must extend beyond the card edge & into the bleed area so when the cards are cut to size it goes to the card edge.

Note: The plastic cards when cut to size measure 86 x 54 mm but your artwork needs to measure 92 x 60 mm

File Formats & Resolution

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

EPS, PDF, Illustrator or Photoshop files are recommended but jpeg or tiff files are great too.


Please ensure fonts are converted to outlines or paths and all images are embedded.
See here how to convert fonts to outlines / paths in Illustrator.
If sending artwork as eg. jpeg files, 600 dpi is recommended, see here for resolution examples.
Artwork should be CMYK also ensure any white elements are NOT set to "white overprint".
Files can be submitted in RGB colour format but this is not recommended as they will be automatically converted to CMYK using a generic colour profile before they are printed.
This conversion may result in the colours changing more than normal when printed. Also note that it is impossible to reproduce every single colour using a CMYK (full colour) printing process. More information can be found here

Crop Marks and files

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Do not add crop marks, calibration marks or outlines showing the card edge etc.
An example can be found here


Please send your artwork for different sides of the card and for different cards as separate files not as a multipage PDF's.

For example, if you are ordering two cards, please send four files:
Card1-front.pdf   Card1-back.pdf

Card2-front.pdf   Card2-back.pdf

Optional Extras

Learn more about optional extras and artwork specifications
pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

There should be no optional extras present on your artwork. Instead, please send a pdf 'visual' file with your optional extras in place in addition to your actual artwork.

Borders

Learn more about borders
borders

During the printing and cutting process, a small amount of movement and stretching of the plastic of upto 1.5mm can occur.

If a border is 4mm from the edge, and the image moves by 1mm, the border will then be 3mm from one edge and 5mm from the opposite edge.

However, there are two solutions are available:
1. Remove the border from the card.
2. Move the border further away from the edge, so any movement will be less noticeable.

QR codes

Learn more about qr codes
qr codes

QR codes are best printed in black ink on a white square to enable easy scanning.
Note: Some customers have experienced difficulty in scanning QR codes with their smart phones. This is because some smart phones have low quality cameras and a fixed focus lens (this means the phones camera is unable to focus on images very close to the lens). We recommend a minimum size of 15mm to reduce issues with it being scanned.

Translucent Plastic Cards artwork guide

Templates and Examples

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Download Photoshop, Illustrator and PDF templates along with example artwork for our Translucent Frosted Plastic Cards.

templates example artwork

Artwork Dimensions

Learn more about artwork sizes
pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Our frosted plastic cards measure 86 x 54 mm & with rounded corners (3mm radius).

We recommend your artwork is sent at 1200 dpi. If this is an issue, 600 dpi will be fine. Better still, send your artwork through as a vector eps / illustrator / pdf file.

Note: It is not possible to print anything any closer than 3 mm from the two long edges.
This means the area of the card that can be printed on measures 86 x 48 mm.

File Formats & Resolution

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

For best print quality, EPS, PDF, Illustrator or Photoshop files are recommended.


Please ensure that fonts are converted to outlines / paths & all images are embedded.
See here how to convert fonts to outlines in Illustrator.
If sending artwork as jpeg or tiff files, 1200 dpi is recommended so we can get the best possible print quality for you, see here for resolution examples.

Ink Coverage

Learn more about ink coverage
ink coverage

Our printing process uses very high temperature combined with upto 8 tons of force to bond the printing to the plastic card. This enables printing in both solid & metallic colours.
However, large areas of coverage require so much heat & pressure that the plastic will melt & become distorted.

Very small text may fill-in

Learn more about filling in
filling-in

Very small text and fine detail within logos etc. may fill-in when printed.
The minimum text size that we recommend is 8pt to avoid the characters filling-in.
Some fonts fill-in more than others at small sizes as it depends on how bold the font is.
Eg. the centres of the letters 'a' and 'e' can fill-in when printed at very small sizes.

Thin fonts and very fine detail

Learn more about fine detail
fine detail

Some fonts, eg Times Roman, when printed very small may break-up where the font is very thin. For small text we recommend 'sans-serif' fonts such as Arial or Helvetica to avoid it breaking up.

It is not possible to print very thin lines or details that are any thinner than around 0.25mm as they may break-up when printed.

Ink Colours available

Learn more about ink colours available
ink colours

We have a wide range of metallic colours and vibrant pigment colours that we can print onto the translucent frosted plastic cards.

We have lots of photos and videos showing the colours printed on Frosted Plastic Cards.

Halftones & Gradients

Learn more about halftones & gradients
halftones and gradients

It is not possible to print gradients, half tones or full colour images on the frosted plastic cards, they will need to be changed to line art so it is possible to print.

Alternatively, our full colour plastic cards may be perfect for you if you need gradients, halftones or full colour images.

Clear Ink to create a Watermark Effect

Learn more about clear ink to create a watermark
clear ink to create a watermark

We can print clear ink onto the back of a translucent frosted plastic card to create a subtle watermark when viewed from the front.

The parts that are printed with the clear ink become less frosted & more transparent than the parts of the frosted card that are not printed with the clear ink.
On your artwork you can indicate which aspects you require printing with clear ink by making those aspects a certain colour (i.e. red) & then let us know that any aspects of your artwork in red should be printed with clear ink.

QR codes

Learn more about qr codes
qr codes

QR codes are best printed in black ink on a white square to enable easy scanning.
If your design doesn't have black and white ink within it then these will count as additional ink colours.
For example: If your design is to be printed with metallic silver (1 ink colour) but you would also like a QR code then it will become a 3 colour print, metallic silver + black + white ink.


Note: Some customers have experienced difficulty in scanning QR codes with their smart phones. This is because some smart phones have low quality cameras and a fixed focus lens (this means the phones camera is unable to focus on images very close to the lens). We recommend a minimum size of 15mm to reduce issues with it being scanned.

Satin Black Plastic Cards artwork guide

Templates and Examples

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Download Photoshop, Illustrator and PDF templates along with example artwork for our Satin Black Plastic Cards.

templates example artwork

Artwork Dimensions

Learn more about artwork sizes
pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Our satin black plastic cards measure 86 x 54 mm with rounded corners (3mm radius).

We recommend your artwork is sent at 1200 dpi. If this is an issue, 600 dpi will be fine. Better still, send your artwork through as a vector eps / illustrator / pdf file.

Note: It is not possible to print anything any closer than 3 mm from the two long edges.
This means the area of the card that can be printed on measures 86 x 48 mm.

File Formats & Resolution

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

For best print quality, EPS, PDF, Illustrator or Photoshop files are recommended.


Please ensure that fonts are converted to outlines / paths & all&images are embedded.
See here how to convert fonts to outlines in Illustrator.
If sending artwork as jpeg or tiff files, 1200 dpi is recommended so we can get the best possible print quality for you, see here for resolution examples.

Ink Coverage

Learn more about ink coverage
ink coverage

Our printing process uses very high temperature combined with upto 8 tons of force to bond the printing to the plastic card. This enables printing in both solid & metallic colours.
However, large areas of coverage require so much heat & pressure that the plastic will melt & become distorted.

Very small text may fill-in

Learn more about filling in
filling-in

Very small text and fine detail within logos etc. may fill-in when printed.
The minimum text size that we recommend is 8pt to avoid the characters filling-in.
Some fonts fill-in more than others at small sizes as it depends on how bold the font is.
Eg. the centres of the letters 'a' and 'e' can fill-in when printed at very small sizes.

Thin fonts and very fine detail

Learn more about fine detail
fine detail

Some fonts, eg Times Roman, when printed very small may break-up where the font is very thin. For small text we recommend 'sans-serif' fonts such as Arial or Helvetica to avoid it breaking up.

It is not possible to print very thin lines or details that are any thinner than around 0.25mm as they may break-up when printed.

Ink Colours available

Learn more about ink colours available
ink colours

We have a wide range of metallic colours and vibrant pigment colours that we can print onto the Satin Black Plastic Cards.

We have lots of photos and videos showing the colours printed on Satin Black Plastic Cards.

Halftones & Gradients

Learn more about halftones & gradients
halftones and gradients

It is not possible to print gradients, half tones or full colour images on the satin black plastic cards, they will need to be changed to line art so it is possible to print.

Alternatively, our full colour plastic cards may be perfect for you if you need gradients, halftones or full colour images.

Black Ink to create a Watermark Effect

Learn more about black ink to create a watermark
black ink to create a watermark

We can print black ink onto the satin black plastic cards to give a subtle watermark effect. The parts of the satin black plastic that the black ink is printed on look very glossy in contrast to the satin background, the effect can also be felt if you gently run your finger over the card.

The parts of the satin black plastic that the black ink is printed on look glossy and can be used to create an extremely effective design.

QR codes

Learn more about qr codes
qr codes

QR codes are best printed in black ink on a white square to enable easy scanning.
If your design doesn't have white ink within it then to add white ink will count as additional ink colour.
For example: If your design is to be printed with metallic silver (1 ink colour) but you would also like a QR code then it will become a 2 colour print, metallic silver + white ink.


Note: Some customers have experienced difficulty in scanning QR codes with their smart phones. This is because some smart phones have low quality cameras and a fixed focus lens (this means the phones camera is unable to focus on images very close to the lens). We recommend a minimum size of 15mm to reduce issues with it being scanned.

Printing on both sides of the card

printing on both sides
printing on both sides

As the satin black plastic cards are totally opaque, printing can be done on each side of the card.

This means much more information can be printed as two sides are available to you or you can keep the main side of the card simple and uncluttered looking with the rest of the details printed on the other side.

If ink colours are printed on the back, they are in addition to the ink colours printed on the front, even if they are the same colours as they are printed as an additional process.

Metallic Plastic Cards artwork guide

Templates and Examples

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Download Photoshop, Illustrator and PDF templates along with example artwork for our Metallic Plastic Cards.

templates example artwork

Artwork Dimensions

Learn more about artwork sizes
pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Our metallic plastic cards measure 86 x 54 mm with rounded corners (3mm radius).

We recommend your artwork is sent at 1200 dpi. If this is an issue, 600 dpi will be fine. Better still, send your artwork through as a vector eps / illustrator / pdf file.

Note: It is not possible to print anything any closer than 3 mm from the two long edges.
This means the area of the card that can be printed on measures 86 x 48 mm.

File Formats & Resolution

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

For best print quality, EPS, PDF, Illustrator or Photoshop files are recommended.


Please ensure that fonts are converted to outlines / paths & all images are embedded.
See here how to convert fonts to outlines in Illustrator.
If sending artwork as jpeg or tiff files, 1200 dpi is recommended so we can get the best possible print quality for you, see here for resolution examples.

Ink Coverage

Learn more about ink coverage
ink coverage

Our printing process uses very high temperature combined with upto 8 tons of force to bond the printing to the plastic card. This enables printing in both solid & metallic colours.
However, large areas of coverage require so much heat & pressure that the plastic will melt & become distorted.

Very small text may fill-in

Learn more about filling in
filling-in

Very small text and fine detail within logos etc. may fill-in when printed.
The minimum text size that we recommend is 8pt to avoid the characters filling-in.
Some fonts fill-in more than others at small sizes as it depends on how bold the font is.
Eg. the centres of the letters 'a' and 'e' can fill-in when printed at very small sizes.

Thin fonts and very fine detail

Learn more about fine detail
fine detail

Some fonts, eg Times Roman, when printed very small may break-up where the font is very thin. For small text we recommend 'sans-serif' fonts such as Arial or Helvetica to avoid it breaking up.

It is not possible to print very thin lines or details that are any thinner than around 0.25mm as they may break-up when printed.

Ink Colours available

Learn more about ink colours available
ink colours

We have a wide range of metallic colours and vibrant pigment colours that we can print onto the Metallic Plastic Cards.

We have lots of photos and videos showing the colours printed on Metallic Plastic Cards.

Halftones & Gradients

Learn more about halftones & gradients
halftones and gradients

It is not possible to print gradients, half tones or full colour images on the metallic plastic cards, they will need to be changed to line art so it is possible to print.

Alternatively, our full colour plastic cards may be perfect for you if you need gradients, halftones or full colour images as we can add a metallic gold or silver base.

Clear Ink to create a Watermark Effect

Learn more about black ink to create a watermark
clear ink to create a watermark

We can print clear ink onto the metallic plastic cards to give a subtle watermark effect. The parts of the metallic plastic that the black ink is printed on look very glossy in contrast to the metallic background, the effect can also be felt if you gently run your finger over the card.

The parts of the metallic plastic that the black ink is printed on look more glossy and can be used to create an extremely effective design.

QR codes

Learn more about qr codes
qr codes

QR codes are best printed in black ink on a white square to enable easy scanning.
If your design doesn't have black or white ink within it then to add black ∧ white ink will count as 2 additional ink colours.
For example: If your design is to be printed with metallic silver (1 ink colour) but you would also like a QR code then it will become a 3 colour print, metallic silver + black ∧ white ink.


Note: Some customers have experienced difficulty in scanning QR codes with their smart phones. This is because some smart phones have low quality cameras and a fixed focus lens (this means the phones camera is unable to focus on images very close to the lens). We recommend a minimum size of 15mm to reduce issues with it being scanned.

Printing on both sides of the card

printing on both sides
printing on both sides

As the metallic plastic cards are totally opaque, printing can be done on each side of the card.

This means much more information can be printed as two sides are available to you or you can keep the main side of the card simple and uncluttered looking with the rest of the details printed on the other side.

If ink colours are printed on the back, they are in addition to the ink colours printed on the front, even if they are the same colours as they are printed as an additional process.

White Plastic Cards artwork guide

Templates and Examples

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Download Photoshop, Illustrator and PDF templates along with example artwork for our White Plastic Cards.

templates example artwork

Artwork Dimensions

Learn more about artwork sizes
pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Our white plastic cards measure 86 x 54 mm with rounded corners (3mm radius).

We recommend your artwork is sent at 1200 dpi. If this is an issue, 600 dpi will be fine. Better still, send your artwork through as a vector eps / illustrator / pdf file.

Note: It is not possible to print anything any closer than 3 mm from the two long edges.
This means the area of the card that can be printed on measures 86 x 48 mm.

File Formats & Resolution

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

For best print quality, EPS, PDF, Illustrator or Photoshop files are recommended.


Please ensure that fonts are converted to outlines / paths ∧ all images are embedded.
See here how to convert fonts to outlines in Illustrator.
If sending artwork as jpeg or tiff files, 1200 dpi is recommended so we can get the best possible print quality for you, see here for resolution examples.

Ink Coverage

Learn more about ink coverage
ink coverage

Our printing process uses very high temperature combined with upto 8 tons of force to bond the printing to the plastic card.

This enables printing in both solid & metallic colours.
However, large areas of coverage require so much heat & pressure that the plastic will melt & become distorted.

Very small text may fill-in

Learn more about filling in
filling-in

Very small text and fine detail within logos etc. may fill-in when printed.
The minimum text size that we recommend is 8pt to avoid the characters filling-in.
Some fonts fill-in more than others at small sizes as it depends on how bold the font is.
Eg. the centres of the letters 'a' and 'e' can fill-in when printed at very small sizes.

Thin fonts and very fine detail

Learn more about fine detail
fine detail

Some fonts, eg Times Roman, when printed very small may break-up where the font is very thin. For small text we recommend 'sans-serif' fonts such as Arial or Helvetica to avoid it breaking up.

It is not possible to print very thin lines or details that are any thinner than around 0.25mm as they may break-up when printed.

Ink Colours available

Learn more about ink colours available
ink colours

We have a wide range of metallic colours and vibrant pigment colours that we can print onto the White Plastic Cards.

We have lots of photos and videos showing the colours printed on White Plastic Cards.

Halftones & Gradients

Learn more about halftones & gradients
halftones and gradients

It is not possible to print gradients, half tones or full colour images on the white plastic cards, they will need to be changed to line art so it is possible to print.

Alternatively, our full colour plastic cards may be perfect for you if you need gradients, halftones or full colour images.

Clear Ink to create a Watermark Effect

Learn more about clear ink to create a watermark
clear ink to create a watermark

We can print clear ink onto the white plastic cards to give a subtle watermark effect. The parts of the white plastic that the clear ink is printed on look very glossy in contrast to the satin background, the effect can also be felt if you gently run your finger over the card.

The parts of the white plastic that the clear ink is printed on look glossy and can be used to create an extremely effective design.

QR codes

Learn more about qr codes
qr codes

QR codes are best printed in black ink on a white square to enable easy scanning.


Note: Some customers have experienced difficulty in scanning QR codes with their smart phones. This is because some smart phones have low quality cameras and a fixed focus lens (this means the phones camera is unable to focus on images very close to the lens). We recommend a minimum size of 15mm to reduce issues with it being scanned.

Printing on both sides of the card

printing on both sides
printing on both sides

As the white plastic cards are totally opaque, printing can be done on each side of the card.

This means much more information can be printed as two sides are available to you or you can keep the main side of the card simple and uncluttered looking with the rest of the details printed on the other side.

If ink colours are printed on the back, they are in addition to the ink colours printed on the front, even if they are the same colours as they are printed as an additional process.

Key Tags artwork guide

Templates and Examples

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Download Photoshop, Illustrator and PDF templates along with example artwork for our Key Tags.

templates example artwork

Artwork Dimensions

Learn more about artwork sizes and bleed
artwork size

Your artwork needs to measure 60 x 35 mm, this includes a 3mm bleed at each edge.
If an image or background is to print to a card edge, then it must extend beyond the card edge & into the bleed area so when the cards are cut to size it goes to the card edge.

The key tags when cut to size measure 54 x 29 mm but your artwork needs to measure 60 x 35 mm

File Formats & Resolution

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

EPS, PDF, Illustrator or Photoshop files are recommended but jpeg or tiff files are great too.


Please ensure fonts are converted to outlines or paths and all images are embedded.
See here how to convert fonts to outlines / paths in Illustrator.
If sending artwork as eg. jpeg files, 600 dpi is recommended, see here for resolution examples.
Artwork should be CMYK also ensure any white elements are NOT set to "white overprint".
Files can be submitted in RGB colour format but this is not recommended as they will be automatically converted to CMYK using a generic colour profile before they are printed.
This conversion may result in the colours changing more than normal when printed. Also note that it is impossible to reproduce every single colour using a CMYK (full colour) printing process. More information can be found here

Crop Marks and files

pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

Do not add crop marks, calibration marks or outlines showing the card edge etc.
An example can be found here


Please send your artwork for different sides of the card and for different cards as separate files not as a multipage PDF's.

For example, if you are ordering two cards, please send four files:
Card1-front.pdf   Card1-back.pdf

Card2-front.pdf   Card2-back.pdf

Optional Extras

Learn more about optional extras and artwork specifications
pdf, eps, photoshop and illustrator templates

There should be no optional extras present on your artwork. Instead, please send a pdf 'visual' file with your optional extras in place in addition to your actual artwork.

Borders

Learn more about borders
borders

During the printing and cutting process, a small amount of movement and stretching of the plastic of upto 1.5mm can occur.

If a border is 4mm from the edge, and the image moves by 1mm, the border will then be 3mm from one edge and 5mm from the opposite edge.

However, there are two solutions are available:
1. Remove the border from the card.
2. Move the border further away from the edge, so any movement will be less noticeable.

QR codes

Learn more about qr codes
qr codes

QR codes are best printed in black ink on a white square to enable easy scanning.
Note: Some customers have experienced difficulty in scanning QR codes with their smart phones. This is because some smart phones have low quality cameras and a fixed focus lens (this means the phones camera is unable to focus on images very close to the lens). We recommend a minimum size of 15mm to reduce issues with it being scanned.

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