Join Claudia McCue for an in-depth discussion in this video Creation of art for foil dies, part of Print Production Essentials: Embossing, Foil Stamping, and Die Cutting.
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When you're creating artwork that's going to be used for foil stamping it might be…nice to keep in mind how foil stamping works.…The foil actually has a bit of adhesive on the back and that's what makes it…initially stick on the paper, but what makes it stay there is pressure and heat…from a die and a counter die, and what you're creating artwork for is that die.…Ideally you should supply black and white vector art.…If you're going to supply an image it should be a high resolution bitmap, at…least 600 pixels per inch. And when I say bitmap I mean an image that…has only black and white, no grayscale. Don't have any screens, no textures,…anything like that. It really needs to be solid areas.…
And as you create text provide a little extra space between the letters and keep…in mind that there's always sort of a little fringe where foil is applied, a…little fringe around the outside, and that could result in letters that are too…close, sort of running into each other. And you'll see that same effect inside…
- Understanding how dies are created: hand-engraved, machined, or photo-engraved
- Preparing files for die-cutting
- Choosing appropriate stock
- Creating artwork for single- or multi-level embossing
- Checking proofs
- Examining a cutting die
- Handling a complex bleed
Skill Level Intermediate
InDesign CS5: Print Production Guidelineswith James Wamser1h 34m Intermediate
Photoshop CS5: Prepress and Printingwith Taz Tally4h 1m Intermediate
1. Embossing Basics
2. Manufacturing Considerations
3. Preparing Artwork for Embossing
4. Foil Stamping
5. Die Cutting Basics
6. Designing Die Cutting in Illustrator
Handling a complex bleed6m 57s
7. Designing Die Cutting in InDesign
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