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Benefits of Spot Varnish Greeting Cards
Engage your customers
Inform customers / prospects about your events
Send compliments on special occasions
Print traditional holiday or birthday greeting cards for your customers or your loved ones, and customize them with your personalized message and logo. You can print your greeting cards on either both sides, or one side only to leave space for a handwritten message. Either way, your greeting cards are guaranteed to stand out.
We offer our greeting cards in three different standard sizes and two different types of paper. For increased protection from rain and humidity, we also offer the option of glossy and matte lamination on all of our greeting cards. If you wish to print folded greeting cards, please visit our folded greeting cards product page instead.
Please follow our artwork preparation guidelines to ensure that your artwork file is set up correctly.
1. How to prepare spot varnish artwork files
2. Add 3 mm of bleed
During the production of paper products, cutting imperfections are to be expected - cutting can be off by a couple of millimeters from the cutting line. To allow leeway for such imperfections, you should add 3 mm of bleed on all edges of your artwork. Make sure that all colors, background pictures, and elements extend to the edge of the bleed area, to avoid the appearance of while borders on certain edges after cutting. Learn more how to set up the bleed here.
3. Keep your content within a 3 mm safety margin
To ensure that no important elements (text, graphics, images) get cut off from your paper product, make sure to keep such elements at least 3 mm away from the edge of your finished product dimensions.Click here to know how to set up 3 mm safety margin.
4. Use CMYK color mode
Except for silkscreen and pad printing, files should be prepared in CMYK color mode. Keep in mind that if the setup is wrong, colors on the finished product may differ from the file you sent. Here is how to set your artwork to CMYK color mode in Adobe Illustrator.
5. Use an image resolution of at least 300 DPI
6. Use the right values for gray elements
When setting up grey elements, set K to a percentage between 0 and 100, and keep all other colors (C, M, and Y) equal to 0%.
7. Use the right values for black elements
When setting up black text, thin lines and small elements, use pure black, i.e. C = 0, M = 0, Y = 0, K = 100). Text, thin lines, and small elements in pure black color should be set to overprint to avoid white gaps around the text. For larger elements, use a composite form of black (we recommend C = 30, M = 0, Y = 0, K = 100).
8. Use maximum 2 colors for lines that are finer than 2 pt
If lines are 2 pt thick or less, use only 1 or 2 colors. 4 colors may be used for thicker lines.
9. Convert all fonts to outlines, or embed them in your file
To avoid issues with fonts when submitting your file(s), make sure to convert fonts to outlines, or to embed all fonts when saving to PDF.
10. Save and upload your artwork files as PDF/X-1a
The best format for submitting print-ready files is PDF, under the PDF/X-1a standard. Where possible, submit your files in PDF format. See why PDF/X-1a is the right format for printing.
11. Check for overprint
Make sure that no elements are set on overprint, unless you need them to be.
Our free templates provide you with all the information you need to correctly prepare your artwork files for printing. Simply download the template that matches your desired product configuration.
If you have any questions about the product and ordering process, please have a look at our Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ). If can't find your question in our FAQ section, you can reach our friendly customer support on 02-026-3147.
1. What is spot varnish?
Spot varnish involves a clear, shiny coating that is only applied on specific elements of the artwork. The result is an eye-catching contrast between matte and glossy elements.
2. What type of spot varnish is used?
We use a shiny clear ink that is applied on top of the matte lamination.
3. Why are n matte laminated?
We use matte lamination on all our n to maximize the contrast between the areas with and without spot varnish.
4. What is the difference between clear ink spot varnish and spot UV?
As the name suggests, the clear ink spot varnish is a type of ink that is applied on top of the artwork. After application of the clear ink, the ink is left to dry before it is cut and packaged. In contrast, spot UV is fed under infra red and UV lamps, which makes it instantly dry.
Both types of spot varnishes are similar, however in practice the clear ink spot varnish appears a bit less shiny than traditional spot UV. As opposed to spot UV, the clear ink spot varnish that we use appears flat, which means that it cannot be felt when touched.
5. What is the fastest delivery for n?
The fastest delivery time for n is d. Please note that you have to submit your order before 01:00 PM. Late payment or upload of your artwork might further delay your order. If you select Online Proof during the checkout process, the production will only begin after your approval.
6. How will my n be delivered?
All of our products are delivered in a securely packed cardboard box.
7. I can't find what I'm looking for. Can I request a quote?
If you can't find what you need, please call our customer service team at 02-026-3147 to help you place an order. You can also request a quote from our customer service team for special product configurations that are not available on our website.
8. How can I upload my files?
If your artwork contains more than one page, you can either upload a single file which contains all pages, or upload separate files each containing one page. Your file(s) can be uploaded either before you checkout and pay, or after. Please note that uploading files late might result in a moved expected delivery date.
9. Which formats can I upload?
For n, please upload your files using the PDF or AI file format.
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