When it comes to artwork and design for printing jobs, it falls into 2 categories as far as we are concerned.
(1) For the customer to supply there own finished 'camera ready' artwork, which means it is ready to print from, supplied on a disk or via email as a PDF file.
(2) Allow J C Foilprint to create and design the artwork for you, according to your instructions and specifications.
IF YOU HAVE ANY CONCERNS REGARDING ARTWORK PLEASE SPEAK TO US AND WE WILL DO OUR BEST TO CLARIFY ANY ISSUES.
Pre-designed logos/designs supplied by a customer need to of a certain standard to be acceptable. Please click on our link below to view our guide.
We have a fully equipped in-house design facility using the latest computer design software from Adobe and CorelDraw capable of putting your design ideas into a printable format.
When it comes to FOIL PRINTING please be aware that there are some limitations as to what detail can be reproduced from artwork using this process. Fine detail is no problem, but such effects as half tones, tinting, graduations or shadow can be more of a problem. Always consult with us any proposed artwork requirements fully, so we can 'iron-out' any problems early on, which will save time!
The J C FOILPRINT artwork design process is as follows:
1) Customer provides basic layout/ideas.
2) We then put these ideas into an initial computer generated artwork layout.
3) Once created, we forward a proof of the artwork to the customer for approval, either in person, face-to-face, by post or by email.
4) At the proofing stage any simple amendments/corrections can be made at no extra cost. However, more significant changes or alterations to the original artwork will be charged for.
5) Once the artwork has been approved/signed off, we will get the printing plates/dies made and the job will get processed. The processing/print stage will vary, according to current workload, but will usually be between 5-15 days. Check with us at the time of ordering.
Foiling Blocks (Dies)
These are the printing plates used by us and other hot foil printers. They are illustrated by the picture opposite. The left hand image shows a Magnesium block and the right hand image, a Copper one. They are basically available in 3 different thicknesses, manufactured in Magnesium or Copper. The most commonly used types are the 16 gauge and the 5 gauge. These plates can be used time and time again, although they will show signs of wear after a while. When it comes to blocking leather items we tend to use an 8 guage die which produces the best effect for this sort of item.
For frequent, long foil printing 'runs' it might be advisable to have Stainless Steel, Brass or Copper dies produced as these will stand-up to many thousands of impressions. Needless to say these dies are expensive compared to Magnesium types. We always keep the dies safe for future use, but should you, the customer, wish to keep your own particular foiling block, you can do so.