SOCIAL CODE OF CONDUCT

Yes! BBB is committed to conducting all of our business activities with integrity, social responsibility and in compliance with all legal an ethical standards of the countries we conduct business in. BBB does not engage in, nor work with businesses that employ child or forced labour as defined by the ILO and United Nations Conventions or by the national law of the country where the work is being performed.

Fair Practices:
We continuously maintain transparent relationships with all business partners and fair business practices. We make strenuous efforts to co-operate with and support local communities by working together in order to have maximum impact on a positive influence in everyday life, and a minimum impact on the environment. 

Do the right thing:
Through the choices we make every day on the job, we show a heart-felt concern for the needs and expectations of others. We do an honest day's work. We tell the truth. We obey the law. We pay our taxes in Australia. We treat each person with dignity and respect. We don't cut corners.

For future generations:
Through our work, attitudes, actions and relationships, we enhance the beauty of the world and make the world a more enjoyable place for all. We use our talents and technologies in a responsible way - so that future generations will have the opportunity to experience the world's beauty too.

Certifiications and the Environment:

  • ISO certified for colour management (every 6 months)
  • CE1121 Certified
  • Greenguard Gold (Low Chemical Emissions)
  • Eocologo (Reduced Environmental Impact)
  • FSC (Responsible Forestry)
  • Emissions Dan L'Air Interieur A+
  • Reach Certified (European Cheamicals and Safe Use Agency)
  • Calibrated Monitoring System
  • Organic Cotton Textile Standard - GOTS certified
  • Repreve Fibre (Recycled Fibre) used

 

What is REACH?
Reach is the European Community Regulation on chemicals and safe use. It deals with the Registration, Evaluation, Authorisation and Restriction of chemical substances that are intentionally released during normal use of products and particularly hazardous substances. The purpose of REACH is to raise the level of protection for human beings and the environment through the better and earlier identification of the intrinsic properties of chemical substances.

HOW CAN YOU SAVE ME TIME AND MONEY?

The short answer:
Free Templates | Free Designs | Free Online Editor | Instant Pricing | Instant Proofing | Free Storage | Free Account Setup for order history and re-orders | Free Corporate Account Set Up | Free Branded Landing Pages | Free Professional File Creation and Environment with access to hundreds of thousands of professional images | Set up and complete projects quickly | Consistent high quality branding | DIY options to save time and money  + Full backed and fully supported all the way if you need it!

The details:
We have integrated a highly effcient manufacturing facility with a state of the art retail presence, featuring the latest in technology and automation for a streamlined platform with heaps of free features for customers. These efficiencies save time and money.

Our CRM, MIS, CMS, E-commerce, workflow, online editors, image gallery, upload and store artwork system, and job ticketing all within one administration system is packed with automation and provides value to all parties. A one-stop-shop where you maintain high quality branding through almost any product you will ever need. Affordably. Reliably. Consistently.

For the website, we use a percentage grid based framework that is completely fluid. That means you can log on with any device, and every page is accessible, anywhere, anytime. Easily choose products, use the free online editor, upload and store artwork on the free storage sytem, access your files, upload new designs, customise, add files, edit, save, proof and order online, get quotes in real time and move through projects quickly. Instantly. 24/7.

Use the online editor by combining your logo, brand elements or files to make professional artworks. Prepare professional concepts for review or meetings before ordering. Use the editor to create files to form a brief for a designer. The ability to do it yourself, but in a professional environment, gives you both flexibility and savings. Plus if you need a finishing edge or support - we are always there. You are backed for a highly professional and willing team. 

Check out also the 'Brand Management System FAQ', or the 'Customer Accounts...with Benefits' FAQ under the topic "How can you save me time and money" for even MORE free stuff and savings.

Plus if you create a customer or corporate account, these are stored for you with full details for next time. Easily re-order, update or change. No need to go back and look for what you ordered last time, write that email, wait for a response, wait for artwork and a proof, reply with approval or changes.......oh, so yesterday!

A one-stop shop where you maintain high quality branding from almost any product you will ever need, or your selection of your own "custom range". One place. Easy access. No more relying on anyone dealing with multiple suppliers, and no delays. Your brand professionally, consistently, reliably and affordably managed... and the system is free!

We understand that artwork, orders, edits and re-orders take up value time that can be better spent doing what you do best, so we have embedded an advanced online editor so you can make simple changes to your own artwork or even create your own. You control access levels to your team. With this powerful editor, this is the ultimate corporate brand management solution. As independent as you like, and backed by a highly professional team if you need.

The perfect brand management system:
Very efficient. Very impressive. Always on brand! Affordably. Reliably. Consistently.

Efficient order management system:
Manage your orders more efficiently through our admin order interface. Not only will you be able to personalise a corporate theme, you will be able to manage orders, set levels of team access, decide if they have the authority for direct ordering, or if it comes to you for approval. You can give authorised staff access to go online and order and customise your pre-determined and branded materials. 

Instant proofing - Time and cost savings:
This means no more time spent in the ordering, artwork, proofing, approval process with multiple suppliers - you control it directly and get instant proofing and instant pricing. This system relieves potential 'bottlenecks' you may be experiencing in your artwork or ordering process. Time and costs savings to you.

You always have control:
This system is perfect if you are a franchise system, manage various sites or departments or have numerous staff. You can pre-set approved materials, approved quantities, approved people who can all do this direct - saving you even more time within your own business. You control whether you (or someone else) reviews and approve orders, or if they go direct to production. 

Hold all your business collateral in one secure place:
How ideal would it be to have all your templates, logos and brand elements in one place. With our free online editor, you can professional create high quality artworks easily and quickly with instant proofing. Seriously - it's a game changer!

Let your franchisees or staff order your branded items easily too:
Do you have franchsiees or staff that like to jump on and do their own thing. With this system, you can easily control your brand collateral, choose the areas they can edit, what they can order and always ensure it is always to your brand standards. But they get the freedom they are looking for too! We can limit the product range to match your specific choices for your brand, whether that is printed stationery, promotional material, uniforms, or fitouts and more. You can set minimum or maximum orders quantities or values per person. Very easy once set up.

Free storage of your brand collateral and easy order history.
We offer free storage of your brand collateral together with an easy order history. This makes re-orders, or editing or updating your orders quick and easy.

We make you look amazing and highly professonal
Also, if you want a corporate branded site for your orders... it's all yours. We offer a uniquely themed and branded landing page. It's like having your own Print and Branding Shop.
Easy Peasy.

 

Your logo and brand elements, our online editor, a one-stop shop where you maintain high quality branding from almost any product you will ever need, an automated proofing system, and instant pricing! It couldn't get better!

How ideal would it be to have all your templates, logos and brand elements in one place plus access hundreds of thousands of images to build more stuff!

With our free online editor, you can combine your brand elements, with our templates, and new images to create high quality professional artworks easily and quickly - with instant proofing and instant pricing. 24/7.

Very effcient. Very impressive. Always on brand! Affordably. Reliably. Consistently.

You can easly edit, update or re-order items, see your order history, choose from thousands of products. You can relax because you know this is all being created professionally to specifications.

PLUS if you ever need backing - we're still there to help. We can do it all for you and then upload your fle for you.... or if you want to create a concept for us to later design... it's all there!

Seriously - it's a game changer. Quick, easy, high quality, professional..... you will look amaaaazing! And more importantly.... this saves you time and money.

We offer these to you free. 

Free templates give you quick easy instruction to building a print ready file.

Free designs are pre-loaded into many products, giving you quick and easy choices.

Free online editor gives you the ability to create files easily and professionally with instant proofing. This save you both time and money.

Plus if you create a customer or corporate account, these are stored for you with full details for next time. Easily re-order, update or change. No need to go back and look for what you ordered last time, write that email, wait for a response, wait for artwork and a proof, reply with approval or changes.......oh, so yesterday!

Yes. If you don't have time or are not ready to create an account, this feature allows you to place an order (without having to go through the sign up form) and proceed straight to the checkout.

Yes absolutely, if you want a corporate branded site for your orders... it's all yours. We offer a uniquely themed and branded landing page. It's like having your own Print and Branding Shop.
Easy Peasy.

When you have your corporate account set up (with or without a branded landing page), you can easily define departments with management protocols - such as restrict user access, set credit limits, set access to products and templates, set direct to production with predefined limits or review and approval processes. Once set up it flows easily and saves you time and money. And the good news... we set it up for you free!

BASIC STUFF

A range and a price to suit everyone. Whether you are an emerging business or a luxury brand, a budding designer or someone wanting a full service agency, we offer an extensive range of products and services that is amazing value with guaranteed great quality. A one-stop-shop.

Our automation, advanced gateways and use of the latest technology, apps and platforms has revolutionised how we deliver products to you – and these savings have all been passed onto you in lower prices.

Email us at hello@bigboldbranding.com.au with your contact details and we will respond as soon as possible.

Whether it is branding review, logo rebuild, or a file check you need. Simply go to the products page on our site, and look under the “Graphic Design and Marketing Services” button for the options available and we’ll set that up for you.

Prices are updated live as you are placing your order. Make sure you select the correct style, and any extras, such as printing on the reverse or folding. Initial prices quoted are inclusive of GST, together with a small (and very reasonable!) courier fee for orders under the minimum order value.

That depends on the job. Print production times vary from 1 to 7 working days for standard paper print jobs. Standard business cards will be dispatched within 3-4 working days.  As anything with quality, luxury, special items, or special finishing (such as die cutting or binding) takes longer. Promotional products, fabric printing, workwear and uniforms typically take longer and are generally specified in the description of the product. Prices online are based on a normal work flow and gang printing (putting common jobs together and running these in bulk). Quality takes time, so don’t leave it to the last minute. We want it right for you after all!  

If you have a particular deadline let us know and we will try our best!  If you require an urgent job that is individually printed (not gang printed) then a premium price will apply. And remember, if we tell you something we mean it.

We use four types: wide format printing, dye sublimated fabric printing, offset printing and latest to the market digital printers, which provides the highest quality of print material for both text and images.

Besides what we print on paper and with our wide format printers, we use three types of decorating: embroidery, screenprinting (up to five colours) and the latest development full colour digital print transfers. Check the descriptions of products to see inclusions and criteria for these methods.

Sorry we can’t help! Part of the reason we can keep our prices low is that every job is printed to a regular standard. That means that your order may not look exactly the same as what you’ve had printed before. They are gang printed (bundled together wth jobs of a similar type for efficiency and economy). It will most likely look better.

In Australia, printing sizes normally follow the international A sizes. If you buy a ream of paper for your printer, it’s generally an A4 size (297 x 210mm). Of course we can print much, much bigger!

Below are the standard finished Paper Sizes. (Remember, when printing on them, we need bleed as specified in the template for each job).

A0 :   1189mm x 840mm        
A1:    840mm x 594mm     
A2:    594mm x 420mm     
A3:    420mm x 297mm    
A4:    297mm x 210mm    
A5:    210mm x 148mm    

A6:    148mm x 105mm    
A7:    105mm x 74mm      

DL:    210mm x 99mm        
DDL:  210mm x 198mm    

BBB'S GUARANTEE TO YOU

Yes absolutely!

Big Bold Branding guarantees the highest quality of full colour offset gang-run printing - wide format, offset, dye-sublimation, screenprinting, digital transfer and embroidery.

We’ve been in the industry for over 40 years, so know a bit about printing, the industry and the products we produce. We also know that the key to us being successful is making sure that we produce a quality job for you. If there is a manufacturing error, don’t worry, we will reprint it immediately for you.

We also offer a Money Back Satisfaction Guarantee to our first-time retail customers for the paper print products that we sell. This includes business cards, post cards, envelopes, letterheads, etc. If you are not entirely satisfied (because you notice a legitimate issue) in the manufacturing of the printed product you can send it back to us for a full refund of the printing cost only. Any products ordered with a subtotal over $100.00 are considered to be a large order. It is recommended that you first place a small order before placing a large order for this guarantee to be valid; that way you will know exactly what quality to look forward to.

Our only caveat is that we can only print what you give to us. If your artwork is not set up correctly, the colours incorrect, then that responsibility rests with you. It is something you need to consider when designing or supplying your own artwork files.

We offer offset printing, wide-format printing, digital printing, screenprinting, embroidery and digital transfer printing. Each type of printing has its own specifications for artwork and colour management. Please note that we use industry standard CMYK for full-colour offset, wide format and digital printing and therefore every colour is converted back to CMYK (ie not every colour can be printed). Please refer to the FAQ for print ready artwork requirements for each style of printing.

We do not colour match; therefore, we offer the print industry's standard phrase of reasonable colour.

Big Bold Branding will correct manufacturing errors of improper cutting, print quality, colour and print shift. As a customer, you are responsible for submitting print ready files to the specifications required.

GETTING READY AND THE FREE ONLINE EDITOR

So many options, that can be specifically tailored to your needs:-

You can design your own using the BBB editor.
This is a blank canvas where you can upload images, add your own logo, grab images from your social media accounts, create a QR code, grab images from the free gallery or add images from our connected high quality graphic and image supplier. These are royalty free licensed images and our recommendation so there is no problem with licence and copyright. You will be astounded by the quality and selection. And... yes, you will look amaaaaazing! 

Browse and choose from our free predesigned templates.
So many choices!!! These are ideal if you want a starting point or some inspiration. Choose from a wide selection of categories to match your business type or personality. Once you have selected... guess what - you still have all the options available as described above.

Ordered before? Edit your previous job.
So easy. Your order history is stored for you. It is so easy to either re-order as is, or edit the file if you want to make changes. Easy peasy!

Corporate client? Choose from your customised pre-branded templates.
As a corporate client, we can set you up with pre-branded templates specific to your business and your selection of products - guaranteeing your consistency and quality (and yes, access to these can be by department). New orders, updates, or re-orders are ridiculously easy!
You also have a choice whether you want to open up templates in other areas, or set a pre-determined set of products only.

Uploading your files to Engage a Designer
It's what we do best! The online editor allows you to upload your images and files to us so we can do it for you. You can also prepare a draft in the editor if you like as a brief and we can take it from there.

 

You've paid someone to do your logo. Awesome!

But no, it is not your artwork. Nor is it a print ready file.

At the very least, five things are needed in a print ready file:
1.   your logo (using correct colour and file format for the specific job);
2.   a page layout to the size of the job with the logo in the right position;
3.   bleed;
4.   trim;
5.   PDF created to industry standards.

Depending on the quality of your logo, and the item you are ordering, your logo may need colour management, refining, and possibly redrawing.

It will always need a 'print-ready-file' to be created.

Check out our FAQ's on "Print Ready File Specification" for more information.

Correct file preparation is an important part of the process that will result in you getting a top quality job, having your job run smoothly, and having your job delivered on time.

Print Ready Files for offset printing, wide format printing, screenprinting, embroidery, etc. all vary and require technical skill for the best result. See FAQ's on "Print Ready File Specifications".

You may be able to create something in Word and even create a PDF, but if a file is not prepared to these specifications, it is really a 'concept' only, and should be treated as a first and very welcome step to brief a designer. 

If you choose to miss this step and to upload that as a print-ready-file, we will print it, but the result is only as good as the preparation. The printing will be fabulous – that’s our part. But the finish, look and impact is determined by who prepared the artwork and how it was prepared. So that rests with you.

If the job is crucial to your success, then get a qualified graphic designer to do it for you. The investment is absolutely worth it in our opinion.

If you have a concept and want us to design it for you, choose the "Engage a Designer" button when ordering, and then upload the concept to us.

Allow the time for this process. Quality, inspiration and time pressures do not usually go together.

 

Yes. With over 40 years experience, we know the industry inside out – from business cards to buildings, v-neck tee shirts to vehicles, window decals to websites.

When we design your logo, branding and design elements – we do it so it can be replicated easily across all of these platforms, which use different inks, colours, machinery and processes. This means you don’t pay for a logo and then keep ‘re-paying’ different suppliers to adjust it to their needs. Often this is built into their quote, and you are not aware that you keep paying and paying. 

Good design is a good investment. Bad design is much dearer - it can lose you business and keep on costing you into the future.

Our motto is: do it once, do it right!

Anyone can come up with a design concept these days. But a quality logo and design that is built right – not just looks right - that takes technical skill and qualifications. We know bleeds, frames, cut lines, key lines, layups, impositions, pms, rgb, cmyk, hex, no. up for best value, embossing, business cards to buildings, and so much more. And we know the nitty gritty of each job to get the best value and the best outcome.

And we won't leave you disempowered with a silly 72kb logo that is pixelated. Your file is uploaded to your account so you have full access. Reorders are easy. Designing your own using our free online editor is easy. Using us to create new designs is easy. Fully transparent and empowered.

Check out the FAQs on 'Print Ready File Specifications' to see the variations needed in a logo for specific applications.

Check out the FAQs on 'Tips For Making Your File Print Ready' to see what is involved.

Bottom line... we'll make you look amazing!

Feeling creative – we’ve designed our systems so you can be. Look at the section “How does the free online editor work” for the available options.

Just starting out? Check out our business packages.

We’ll always encourage you to look after yourself where you can. But if you need help – we are there to back you!

If you need us to design your artwork for you, during the ordering process you will be provided the option of uploading your 'concept' or uploading images that you want us to incorporate within a design we make for you (your company logo for example). If you can, please do supply artwork in an editable high resolution PDF or EPS file format. If you are unable to supply this format don't panic! Please supply your artwork in your own format and we will convert it for you for a nominal charge.

Don't supply any unnecessary files

Ensure you are loading or sending only the files relevant to the job. We sometimes receive a whole lot of additional files that are unrelated to the job in hand. This can make it difficult and time consuming to find exactly what it is we are to work with or the meaning of the other files.

Depending on the product, there are four options for designing and customising a product. Click on a product from the wide range available in the menu.

1. Create – design your own in the BBB Editor lets you customise the products. Click it to open the BBB online editor. This is a blank canvas where you can upload images, add your own logo, grab images from your social media accounts, create QR codes, grab images from the free gallery or add images from our connected high quality graphic and image supplier. These are royalty free licensed images and our recommendation as there is no problem with licence and copyright. Also you will be astounded by the quality and selection. You have unlimited potential with the BBB Editor.

2. Order – as is, or upload print ready file. Using this option, you can upload your own print ready file. This button is also used if you are ordering products as is (non-decorated) and will take you to the shopping cart.

3. Browse – our free predesigned templates: So many choices!!! These are great if you want a starting point or some inspiration. Choose from a wide selecton of categories to match your business type or personality. Once you have selected... guess what - you still have all of the options available shown in no. 2 above.

4. Engage a Designer – It's what we do best. The online editor allows you to upload your images and files to us so we can do it for you. You can also prepare a draft in the editor if you like as a brief and we can take it from there.

Firstly - welcome!

If you are designing outside of our systems and providing your own files, check out our “Print File Specifications” and “Tips for making your file print ready” to make sure you supply files that will get you the best possible results.

If you are a high volume client, ask us about corporate accounts and setting up branded landing pages.

Firstly - welcome!

Where you are designing outside of our systems and providing your own files, check out our “Print File Specifications” and “Tips for making your file print ready” to make sure you supply files that will get you the best possible results.

If you are a high volume client, ask us about corporate accounts and setting up branded landing pages.

PRICING

We have done our best to keep your job local and being printed by a wholly owned Australian company employing Australians. We do not have hidden costs and hit you with download fees, pre-check fees, pre-flight fees, and excessive freight charges. We do not use toxic chemicals in our production, and we do not support nor use child labour as can be the case in cheap overseas purchases.

Our Fairness Principles and Vision: Our pricing is fair to you, fair to us, fair to the environment, and follows a social code of conduct.

We want your business, but we also want to be in business in the future and to create a world as we see it – fair to all. There is always someone offering a ridiculous price – a loss leader (something they are losing money on with the intention to move you into highly profitable jobs next). There is always someone not quoting properly and they fail in business after a short while. There is always a business that hasn't paid their suppliers grabbing money from customers before they go bust.

If we base our business catering to this type of client excited by this, one who loves the kill, happy to spend their unpaid time chasing, looking and searching, enjoys beating down a price, is happy moving their brand and products all over the place with a wide variety of quality and results and it doesn't matter, or they simply can't tell - it isn't a good fit for us. It also isn't sustainable as a business model.

We specialise in making you look amazing. Affordably. Consistently. Reliably. We do that by offering a one-stop-shop with free and quality systems to enable you to do that effortlessly - and that saves you time and money!

We want clients that are fair, match our fairness principles and will work with us to create a sustainable and fair future for us all. To use an old cliche - it must be a 'win-win' situation, otherwise someone is the loser. We don't want it to be us. We don't want it to be you. We want to be in a relationship with you, your kids, your family, your friends, and your associates for a long time.

Please ensure the price you submit to us from a competitor is the final price you are being charged. Often online companies will have low initial costs, then slug you for hidden fees and charges. Due to these hidden costs, your free business cards end up costing you more than our premium business cards per unit.

Just send your details and the written final quote you have received, and if it follows fair principles, we will try our absolute best.

PRINT READY FILE SPECIFICATIONS

  1. File sizes need to be exact – as specified in the template (trimmed size + bleed size):
    Do not put a white border or trim marks on files. For example, do not create a business card on an A4 page. Make the page/file size the same size as specified in the template. If the job including bleed is 94mm x 59mm, your page/file size needs to be exactly this;
  2. Do not include crop marks – follow the print zone, safe zone and bleed requirements and specifications for each job;
  3. Only contain colours, images and photographs in CMYK– no RGB, PMS, Pantone, RGB, LAB colours;
  4. Where using black, in particular blocks or large areas, set this to rich black, C40, M40, Y40, K100;
  5. Create a high resolution, editable PDF to upload;
  6. When creating your PDF file, have all colour profiles and links embedded;
  7. Have all fonts converted to curves or outlines;
  8. Resolution for your content minimum dpi with no compression:
    Contain images that are dpi at 100% sizing;
    Rasterised text or logos should be 1200 dpi;
    Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi;
    Photographs at least 300dpi for small jobs and 600-1200dpi for larger jobs.
  9. Remove all layers from templates before uploading the file;
  10. All files must be named clearly ie YOURNAME_BUSINESSCARD_DATE02032018.pdf
  1. Files need to be correctly sized to the job specifications. Depending on the job requirements, cut-contour lines, bleed, keyline outlines or step and repeat layout may be required. Please check before submitting artwork.
  2. Export your file into an editable, high resolution PDF (Portable Document File) or EPS (Encapsulated Post Script). These file formats are universal file formats, which help to ensure compatibility with our systems. Other file formats we can accept are high resolution from vector files: JPEG, TIFF, AI, PSD, CDR. Where there is pixilation, low resolution, import incompatibilities or additional set-up required, then set-up fees may apply. We do not accept the following file formats:  Microsoft Office (Word, Excel and Powerpoint) & Works (WPS), Microsoft Publisher, GIF, BMP, PNG, SVG, PICT, MIX & PCX, Visio. 
  3. File sizes need to be exact to the application needed. A separate document showing the layup of the artwork against the item it is to be applied to (ie a car wrap) is required. Mockups are not suitable for artwork. A specific site or vehicle measure is required by who prepares the artwork, which is then completed to suit both the application and the media width for printing.
  4. Electronic artwork supplied using incorrect file formats or construction methods will be returned to the customer for correction.
  5. Only contain colours, images and photographs in CMYK– no RGB, PMS, Pantone, RGB, LAB colours. For photos, submit the high resolution unmodified images to us (ideally in RAW format);
  6. Where using black, in particular blocks or large areas, set this to rich black, C40, M40, Y40, K100;
  7. Create a high resolution, editable PDF to upload;
  8. When creating your PDF file, have all colour profiles and links embedded;
  9. Have all fonts converted to curves or outlines;
  10. Resolution for your content minimum dpi with no compression:
  • Logos must be fully editable vector graphics;
  • Contain images that are dpi at 100% sizing;
  • Rasterised text or logos should be 1200 dpi;
  • Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi;
  • Photographs at least 300dpi for small jobs and 600-1200dpi for larger jobs.
  1. Remove all layers from templates before uploading the file;
  2. All files must be named clearly ie YOURNAME_AFRAME_DATE02032018.pdf
  3. These files tend to be very large files, use our “Large File Upload” on the site, and email us to let us know.

File sizes need to be exact – as specified in the template or maximum print area to the imprint area allocated to that particular product;

  1. Confirm and include the placement position in the file;
  2. Colour up artwork to the pantone colours to be printed – no CMYK, RGB, RGB, LAB colours. Artwork created to CMYK will not be colour matched;
  3. Gradients and percentages of colour cannot be screenprinted, engraved or pad printed. Where a logo has percentages of colour, a solid pantone colour must be assigned to each percentage. Edit artwork to a flat image to suit. Logos for engraving to be supplied as solid black (this will be the ‘engrave’).
  4. All artwork for screenprinting, engraving or pad printing must be fully editable vector graphics (.ai or .eps files). JPEG or other file formats are not suitable.
  5. Create a high resolution, editable PDF to upload;
  6. Have all fonts converted to curves or outlines;
  7. Resolution for your content minimum dpi with no compression:
    Contain images that are dpi at 100% sizing;
    Rasterised text or logos should be 1200 dpi;
  8. Remove all layers from templates before uploading the file;
  9. All fonts must be embedded or outlined;
  10. All files must be named clearly ie YOURNAME_WATERBOTTLE_DATE02032018.pdf

While some jobs may need special graphics, following artwork specifications satisfies most of the embroidery jobs we do for our clients.

Digitising is the most important part for creating high quality Custom Embroidery. Embroidery digitising or coding, originally referred to as "punching", is the art of creating embroidery "stitches" from text or printed graphic art. Digitising creates instructions allowing a logo to be stitched on an embroidery machine. To prepare your artwork:-

  1. File sizes need to be exact – as specified in the template or maximum print area to the imprint area allocated to that particular product;
  2. Confirm and include the placement position in the file;
  3. Colour up artwork to be easily converted to a stitch colour;
  4. Gradients and percentages of colour cannot be embroidered. Where a logo has percentages of colour, a solid colour must be assigned to each percentage. Edit artwork to a flat image to suit.
  5. All artwork for embroidery can include high resolution jpeg files.
  6. Create a high resolution, editable PDF to upload;
  7. Have all fonts converted to curves or outlines;
  8. Resolution for your content minimum dpi with no compression:
    Contain images that are dpi at 100% sizing;
    Rasterised text or logos should be 350 dpi;
    Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi;
  9. Remove all layers from templates before uploading the file;
  10. All files must be named clearly ie YOURNAME_AFRAME_DATE02032018.pdf

SIZING, FABRICS AND COLOUR CHARTS

Yes, we only use certified organic cotton.

The organic cotton we use has been inspected by the Control Union Certifications and been granted the “Global Organic Textile Standard – GOTS” standards for the processing of fibres from certified organic agriculture.

Organic cotton is an agriculture that protects the health of people and the planet by reducing the overall exposure to toxic chemicals from synthetic pesticides that can end up in the ground, air, water and food supply, and that are associated with health consequences, from asthma to cancer. By choosing organically grown cotton, you can reap all the benefits of cotton’s beauty, comfort and strength while minimising harm to people and the planet.

Why we choose to use only Organic Cotton?

It feels good on your skin and great on your conscience
The fabric lasts longer
The fabric is more absorbent
No bleaching or harsh chemical have been used AT ALL on this product

Besides the FAQ on Organic Cotton, all of our Brand It Products (apparel, bags, hats, towels and more) use Repreve High Performance
Recycled Fiber.

  

Like other leading brands Quicksilver, Kathmandu to Roxy and trusted brands worldwide, our fabrics use Repreve fibre to make high-quality products with superior properties like wicking, adaptive warming and cooling, water repellency, and more at the fiber level. These create some of the best quality and performance fabrics and products available.

Repreve is a member of 1% for the Planet. Through the U TrustTM verification program, using FiberprintTM technology, our ECO fabric has passed the Repreve Certification Standards.

We're not just finding new life for recycled materials - compared to making what's called virgin fiber, making Repreve fibre offsets using new petroleum, emitting fewer greenhouse gases and conserving water and energy in the process. That makes a big difference for our future.

Because it’s not just about RECYCLING...it’s about GIVING BACK.

Click here to check out our Fact Sheet on the fabrics we use - Organic Cotton and Repreve High Performance Recycled Fibre here.

Check out the YouTube video on Repreve at: https://youtu.be/uCjaV5O8ED4

WHAT HAPPENS WHEN I SUBMIT MY FILE?

No. If you supply your own file we will print it!  Client supplied files are automatically processed. We do not individually check all supplied files, but use automated processes. Supplied RGB and Pantone files are automatically converted to CMYK using fixed values.

The quality of the print job is always the same – high quality. The printing will be fabulous – that’s our part. But the finish, look and impact is determined by who prepares the artwork and will come down to your creativity, skill and how and what you build your file with (ie what images you include). If you do not have the correct software or technical ability to upload correctly prepared PDF files for offset or wide format printing, then the quality of the job will directly reflect the quality of the file submitted.

If you are not 100% sure on how to set up the file, or to create the exact colours you want (or what the print specifications mean or directions for extras set out in the FAQs), we highly recommended using our ‘Engage a Designer’ service.

All supplied artwork remains the responsibility of the customer. Big Bold Branding will not accept responsibility for out-of-specs artworks or errors on your end. For our design team to do corrections on your file, design charges will apply. In the end, you choose – design your own, or engage a designer.

We have provided an option when uploading your file to quickly check your file. We do not review your file in detail in this instance. We are quickly checking the layout to ensure there is no obvious problem and may tweak it slightly if needed (for example, moving a name sitting in the non-safe zone or bleed zone and might be trimmed off accidently). We do not do any quality improvements, proof read your file, or create the file to the correct template size.

Where this is not an option within the product when you are ordering, you can select it as a service separately under Graphic Design & Marketing / File Check Options.

In this instance, we offer to check over your file up to 15 minutes to do minor tweaks tidying up your design, adjusting margins, scaling to the correct size to the artwork including formatting to create print ready files, etc. This option is not the alternative to submit a poor quality file and ask us to improve it. For that, you would need to engage a designer or graphic art services.

Please note:
We do not do any quality improvements to your artwork, proof read your file and cannot improve resolution of your images or inclusions. 

Where this is not an option within the product when you are ordering, you can select it as a service separately under Graphic Design & Marketing / File Check Options.

When to use Graphic Art Services or Engage a Designer

  • When your 'concept' is poor quality and you want it improved.
  • For speciality work: die cutting keylines, spot UV setup, embossing setup.
  • Proofreading and/or design work.

Please note, this is not for any design work, this fee only covers the following: We will spend up to 15 mins, tidying up your design to ensure we get the best printing result, ie: Adjusting margins, Scaling to correct size, formatting to create print ready files, etc.

We know printing. We’ve been doing this for over 40 years and have qualified graphic designers on our team. You only get one chance to make a great first impression, so if something is crucial to your success, look at the option of engaging a qualified designer. In our view, it is not expensive but an essential investment, as simply, we’re fast and good (did we say we’ve been doing this for 40 years), and you reap the benefit of this experience and guidance offered.

PRODUCT ONLY PURCHASES

Whether you are a company wanting 10,000 uniforms branded, or an individual wanting shirts unbranded, we can help. We cater to both consumers and corporate, and offer our range both branded and unbranded. If you are wanting an item as is (meaning unbranded or non-decorated), simply choose the product, then select the button that says “BUY AS IS, OR UPLOAD YOUR ARTWORK”. This will take you to a page where you can select your colour choices and sizes, and then onto the checkout. Easy Peasy.

You know the saying, measure twice, cut once. Before you order any apparel item, it is essential that you measure the person you are fitting, check the applicable measurement guides and order accordingly. 

You can’t return goods because you ordered a certain size that is your ‘usual’ size and didn’t follow the measuring process. If the item is faulty or the size does not match the measurement guide within reason, we will replace the item. But we won’t if the size does match within reason. 

Tip: You can always take an item in if needed, but you can’t enlarge it.

WHAT HAPPENS NEXT?

We accept Mastercard and Visa online, with no surcharge through a secure ANZ gateway. Your credit card details are not retained in our system.

Let us know straight away. Send us an email so we have a record in writing to hello@bigboldbranding.com.au and make sure you get a written response. If there is a manufacturing error we will reprint immediately. All claims must be made within 30 days of delivery to be valid.

Let us know straight away. We would love a testimonial and a rating on Facebook and Google Plus. We really appreciate positive feedback!

We live on the principle that “there is always a better way”. It drives and motivates us. If you have any feedback that may be relevant to better serving you, a product you would like to see offered, or something else of value we could do for you, we would love to hear from you. Send us an email to hello@bigboldbranding.com.au.

TIPS FOR MAKING YOUR FILE PRINT READY

There are plenty of things you need to check when preparing your artwork, some of them are listed below. We have prepared the following guide to assist you with your electronic file preparation and submission. If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide, or have other questions, please feel free to contact us. Improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing.

Use the right software – it matters. Almost as much as your creative ability! To make it easy you will need software that's made to create print files. Sounds obvious, but it is frequently ignored. Just remember that Microsoft Word is called that because it's good with "Words". It's not so good with pictures and logos, otherwise it would be called Microsoft Picture. Same goes with web editing software, it's not great at making things for printing.

The best results come from specific graphic arts software that have font, image, colour and page layout management systems built into them. The popular page layout software packages currently available are Adobe InDesign, Adobe PageMaker (now discontinued), QuarkXPress and CorelDraw (all available for Mac and PC), and Microsoft Publisher with CMYK settings (only available for PC). Drawing and photo manipulation packages such as Corel Photopaint, Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PhotoShop, and Macromedia Freehand can be used, but work created in those packages should be placed into page layout software.

We do not recommend word processing or presentation software such as Microsoft Word or Powerpoint. They are great for office stuff, but are really low quality and your end result will reflect this. We highly recommend you do not use web editing, or online software – they simply are not great at making things for printing. Files created in Canva for example are not suitable, being too low in resolution and based on RGB colours.

The look and impact of the job that you receive will directly reflect the quality of the artwork. Poor quality artwork will give you poor quality look. You have three options though (1) have us design it for you; (2) have us recreate or convert the files for you or (3) create the artwork from scratch using the free BBB online editor. Keep in mind if you upload poor quality images into the editor, you are still creating poor quality artwork.

It might take a little while, but you will be better off using our online editor to create your artwork instead of using Word, Powerpoint or Publisher.  It will keep your colours looking good and guarantee the right layout.  And it's free! 

For offset and wide format printing and dye-sublimation, make sure all your images are CMYK and convert all RGB images/colours:

CMYK, RGB (heck, what does that even mean????) Here’s the short version.

RGB and CMYK are known as ‘colour spaces’ or 'colour gamuts', and these 'colour spaces' create the colours you see on all printed matter and on your computer screen right now.

  • RGB stands for Red, Green and Blue; and RGB is the ‘colour space’ used by computer monitors and digital cameras. Often known as a positive primary colour. If you mix these three colours on a monitor you will get white.
  • CMYK stands for (C)yan, (M)agenta, (Y)ellow and Blac(k). or KEY. A correct and more technical term but nowadays, mostly referred to as black. Almost all conventional and digital printing presses use CMYK. Often also called a negative primary colour. 

Everything created with an online editor, Microsoft Office software, like Word, Powerpoint, Photo/Draw, Excel, Adobe Photoshop “LE” and Adobe PhotDeluxe work in RGB and GIMP also work in RGB. Check your software settings and capabilities before starting.

There is a major difference in the colours. RGB and CMYK have different colour ‘gamuts’. A colour gamut is the range of colours that a colour space can reproduce. RGB has a wider colour gamut than CMYK. That is, RGB is capable of reproducing more colours than CMYK. RGB tends to be able to reproduce colours at the extremes of red, green and blue that CMYK is incapable of reproducing. In other words, bright reds, greens, oranges and blues will not be quite so bright when converted to CMYK. What seems bright and rich on your monitor may print out a lot "duller". You will, for instance, see this in particular when converting a deep cobalt blue to CMYK. Orange or other "bright" colours will also have this problem. Most monitors are sold these days with the brightness close to 100%. The saturation will also more often than not be ramped up to give excessive richness to images. People are attracted to rich, bright, almost oversaturated colours.

Monitor manufacturers don't want their monitor to appear dull next to a competitor in a shop, so you normally get a monitor that will not show you the "truth" of what you are seeing. Ever stood in a store looking at television screens and noticing the difference between manufacturers?

If your photos come back from the printer and you have adjusted them on your computer and they appear dark, then often the culprit is your monitor.

A qualified graphic designer used to specifications for offset and wide format printing and using a calibrated colour monitor works in CMYK. However if you are doing your own artwork, it may be that some of the images and background tints you work with whilst preparing your job will use the RGB colour space. At some stage you will need to them converted to CMYK. We recommend this is done before sending the files to us, and it is far better if you do the conversion. You will see the result for yourself, and have the opportunity to make adjustments or experiment with colours to provide the best result.

The raster image processors (RIPs) that all presses use to prepare files for printing have built-in RGB to CMYK conversion ‘algorithms’. This is an essential and unavoidable part of the process, and we don’t have a great deal of control over the automated process. Once sent for printing, it is simply too late and you will get what you get based on the artwork submitted.

Since offset printing and wide format printing uses CMYK there will be a difference. You are preparing files for a printing press or a wide format printer in general, so ensure you submit only CMYK images, otherwise.... you may be disappointed... and sorry, but it will be your part of the job that has let you down.

Pick "Blue" in RGB (ie in Word or Powerpoint) and it will print purple. If you can measure the CMYK values of your blue make sure it doesn't have any more than 65% magenta, and as much Cyan as you can squeeze in. "Blue" in RGB will almost always convert to 100% magenta and 100% cyan - and this will always become purple (hence why we don’t want you to use RGB colours).

 An RGB Yellow does a similar thing.  It will look great on screen but usually does not print as the vibrant yellow you expected.

Where we are creating digital files for you for social media or online publishing, we will create these in RGB and welcome uploads of images for these formats in RGB.

For websites.... we use the HEX codes, which specifies colours using hexadecimal values. The code itself is a hex triplet, which represents three separate values that specify the levels of the component colours. The code starts with a pound sign (#) and is followed by six hex values or three hex value pairs (for example, #AFD645). The code is generally associated with HTML and websites, viewed on a screen, and as such the hex value pairs refer to the RGB colour space. In the case of RGB, the first value pair refers to red, the second to green and the third to blue, with decimal values ranging from 0 to 255, or in hexadecimal 0 to FF (#RRGGBB). RGB is an additive colour space, meaning that when all three colours are put together the result is white (white light). For example, the colour hex code for white is #FFFFFF or in decimal 255, 255, 255; and at the opposite end is black #000000. Yellow is made up of red and green, so its hex code is #FFFF00. The codes can also be represented in a three-digit code to represent double values in CSS. For example, #FFFFFF can be abbreviated as #FFF and #00AA55 as #0A5. This is defined in the CSS specifications, so it only works under the "

Make a PDF

We prefer you submit a high resolution CMYK PDF file of your artwork. A PDF locks the fonts in and your images won’t move.

First – make sure your artwork is to the template size and includes bleed where stated. Follow the instructions above the specifications for creating a print-ready file. Remember, poor low quality images cannot be "enhanced" by converting to PDF.

Second – don’t forget to double check the PDF - that is what we will print, so don't rely on the original file you created, double check the PDF you are about to send us.  Sometimes, just sometimes, a PDF does not capture everything you think it will (there are many reasons), so check the final PDF file before uploading.

 

Yes! Tick! I made a PDF! Caution on Using PDF makers

A word of caution. There are many PDF makers available built into software, or available online. If you are using Word and creating a PDF – this is suitable for creating a document for easy transmission/sending to someone else. PDF means “portable document format”.  It means if the person you are sending it to does not have the software you created the file in, they will still be able to read the file.  PDF makers have a wide range of quality levels in the ‘output’ that they create (ie the final PDF file being created).

Further, if you create a file in Word (or similar non graphic art programs), use a PDF maker to create the PDF – it is still very poor quality quality. We cannot add resolution or quality to your file. If you have an image in your Word document you grabbed off the internet that is 15kb and RGB based, it is still very poor quality even when you create a PDF file. The creation of the PDF is not the solution. The creation of a quality artwork suitable for the offset printing or wide format printing is the solution.

It is not just PDF that is needed, as you can see the quality can vary widely. It is a PDF of a high quality artwork based on the principles set out here.

 

Uploading your PDF during the ordering process

You will be asked to upload this during the ordering process, or you can provide these files via alternative means. If you wish to get us to quick-check your files or to make your file print ready, please select these options at the ordering process.

Then wait for your printed job to come back to you. Don't panic, everything will be alright.

You can't make a silk purse out of sow's ear is an old cliche for a reason. We cannot add resolution. Poor low quality images cannot be "enhanced" by converting to PDF.

A very common problem is the supply of images (ie logos or photographs etc). Often they are supplied at very low resolutions such as screen images 72dpi (used for computer screens, and therefore the internet). But have you tried to print it out on your printer? Press printed products require images to be supplied at 300dpi or as close thereto as you can get. (300 rows each of 300 dots, or 90,000 dots in a square inch.) As a rule of thumb stear clear of any images from web sites unless you can obtain a high resolution copy of the image. If you can’t obtain the image... then you need to question if you are breaching copyright laws in using the image. And when we use the expression '300dpi', we mean 300dpi at the final output size. If you have a 300dpi image that is, say 100x150mm, and blow it up to A4, you have reduced the effective resolution back to 75dpi, and achieved nothing. Keep that in mind if you are wanting printing on a wide format basis (vehicles, signs and buildings). Start with a good quality high resolution image.

Image Resolutions

►All images and pictures should be at least 300 dpi.

►Rasterized text or logos should be 1200 dpi.

►Screen values should be between 133 lpi and 150 lpi.

The minimum image size is 300 dpi in resolution and is just the starting point. If you are creating artwork to cover a building it will need to be at least 1200dpi. Start with high resolution logo or image and you'll go far (and a professional photographer is always worth the cost if you can afford it).  

Helpful Hint: if you are using Photoshop, change your resolution to at least 600dpi before you flatten it. It will make the fonts clearer.

 

Not all blacks are composed equal.

If you are creating files outside of our system, please avoid 4 colour blacks when using for text or line work and use 100% K (black) only. This will ensure that you do not get any small dots of any other colours on the edges of your text making it appear less crisp. If you are looking for a deeper shade of black in a solid fill object use “rich black”, 40% cyan, 40% magenta, 40% yellow and 100% black. The extra cyan helps deepen the black without too much ink coverage to affect the drying or having scuffing problems. Please try to avoid using Rich Black on small / thin / or reversed out type and Key lines.

IMPORTANT : Do avoid the use of RGB black and then converting to CMYK or leaving the RGB black in your file. RGB black is often made up with colour around the 70-80%Cyan, 65-75% Magenta, 65-75% Yellow and 85-95% black. This leads to a muddy black as you are saturating the printed product with around 325% ink. The yellow and magenta mixing to create a muddy brown black, not to mention that the high ink coverage will have an effect on adjacent thin fonts and also be prone to scuffing or marking. This normally occurs when you use a raster program such as Adobe Photoshop, Elements, Microsoft Paint etc, as opposed to a vector program such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe In-Design and Corel.

So in order to reduce the over-saturation and muddy brown effect, start in the CMYK colour space and use no more ink coverage that the rich blacks stated above. If you are using an RGB picture or effect that is in RGB and is very dark or black, you will have to lighten it up considerably and double check the effects by printing out the CMYK print ready PDF on a digital CMYK printer, not an inkjet printer.

Images you take off some websites will usually be 72 dpi - or about one fifth of what they should be – and they may be subject to copyright. Also be careful in resizing your image. You might start with a you-beaut image at 300dpi, but if you stretch it to fit your page it won't end at 300dpi.

Try to avoid them. The same reason you need bleed (see below) is why we don't recommend borders. It's unavoidable for the guillotining to vary by just a fraction of a millimetre or so. If your border is only 2mm from the edge it will end up looking pretty ordinary. If you really, really want a border, make sure it's at least 4mm in from the edge of your printed page.

Bleed is where the printed image on a page extends beyond the edge of the printed area. During the printing and trimming process, it is common for each sheet of paper to vary or move ever so slightly. The use of bleed on artwork, ensures that even where this variance occurs it will not be noticeable, as the printed piece will always be trimmed somewhere on the coloured printed image. If bleed is absent, it’s possible to find unsightly white lines bordering your printed item where there should be colour extending to the edge. These white strips will appear worse if on more than one edge. A lack of an allowance for bleed on supplied artwork is one of the most common problems faced by printers yet it’s one of the most important pieces of information that should be included.

Our templates allow for a bleed on your job, and are set up to show and include the bleed area. Whether or not you have bleed, you still need to prepare your artwork to the template size including this allowance. For example, if you are ordering a business card with a finished size of 90mm x 55mm, our templates require a further 2mm bleed area all around, and you will prepare your artwork and PDF file to 94mm x 59mm. If you don’t have any bleeds, easy peasy, but you still need to prepare your artwork to this size.

Don't forget to check your spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Run your spell checker! Make sure your spell check is set to Australian English and not US English. It is also a good idea to have someone else look at your work. Another set of eyes often sees something you've been looking at and missing. Often the longer you have been working on a project, the less likely you are to spot the obvious. Ever played with one of those puzzles that have letters missing out of words but you can still read it quickly? Pay particular attention to headlines when checking, as the eye can interpret their intention rather than their spelling.

Avoid some of the more common mistakes, and make your work read more professionally. Here are some examples. When referring to a decade, don't use an apostrophe as in 90's, use 90s. Don't use ampersands ('&') in text, use the word 'and'. This avoids putting a 7 there instead. Don't Make Excessive Use Of Capitals — keep them to a minimum.

Programs often have both a spell check and a grammar check. Check out the settings behind your program to see if you can turn this function on.

It's easy to miss mistakes in your document when you have only ever seen it displayed on the screen. It is an important part of proofing your job to print the document out and look at it. Check for spelling errors, spacing problems, inconsistencies, and design problems. Try to get someone else to check for typo mistakes. 

If you want a folded or multiple page document check your proof to make sure it lines up correctly.

Remember the colours on your home printer (and your screen) will differ from what we print using digital, offset, and wide format printers.

TECH HELP: ORDERS WITH EXTRAS

Yes. 

When ordering any order with Extra Finishes, we require an additional 3 Page PDF Proof.

  • Page 1 should be artwork or key line for the Extra Finish (eg. Keyline for a die cut or perforation, or as a solid black design indicating the area for Foil or Emboss).
  • Page 2 will be the Front side of the order, plus an overlay of the artwork for the Additional Extra Finish indicating how you wish it to be applied.
  • Page 3 will be the Reverse side of the order, plus an overlay of the artwork for the Additional Extra Finish indicating how you wish it to be applied.

Please ensure you supply your artwork to us with front and back combined into a single PDF file. Ie:  Standard 2 Sided Business Card, Page 1 represents the front of the card; Page 2 represents the back of the card. For multiple versions (ie ordering different names – these require a separate PDF for each version, ie: not supplied all in one PDF or ganged on one page).

Please note: Gloss and Matt Cello on 1 side will always be applied to Page 1 of your PDF document. For the section to be cello printed, create a spot colour called “SPOT UV” in 100% Black and ensure it is on a separate layer (top) on page 1 of your document. When you output your PDF choose “pre-press” option and native colour output so we can identify the Spot UV colour.

We recommend using a dieline from our extensive range of templates. If you require a custom diecut, please contact us directly. If you choose to create your own die, it is best practice to create your dieline, mock it up and test it before laying out your artwork. Then repeat that process prior to placing the order and the artwork is complete.

This is especially important with packaging and presentation folders, as elements such as gussets to allow for inserted material, closure folds and tabs also require careful and accurate engineering to serve their purpose.

Please note: The reverse mirrors the front so check that your Diecut is placed in the correct location (flipped) on the reverse. Ensure your artwork is centred on each page so Diecut line up exactly when flipped.

How to setup and supply your files

  1. Open your artwork in your design application.
  2. Create a new layer for the Diecut artwork.
  3. Place one of our Diecut templates, or create your own unique Die shape on the new Diecut layer.
  4. Ensure the Keyline is no more than 1pt, unbroken keyline and is set to 100% Magenta.
  5. Export the Diecut Proof – by exporting as a single PDF including all layers, with all trim marks.
  6. Export the Diecut layer – by turning off all layers except the new Diecut layer, then export as a single PDF with all trim marks.
  7. Proceed to export the final CMYK file by turning off the Diecut layer, then export all CMYK layers with trim marks.

Foiling and or Embossing can provide a premium result when highlighting a logo, image, bold type, or applied as an overprinted PATTERN over solids for a more unique and creative result.

When supplying final artwork which requires Foiling and or Embossing, artwork for the Foiling and or Embossing must be supplied as an extra PDF file which contains all the Foiling or Embossing elements set as solid black.

Please note: If combining both Foiling and Embossing on the one order, we require one PDF for the Foiling artwork, and a second PDF for Embossing artwork.

It is important to make sure that this Foiling and or Embossing exported PDF file is identical in all respects (size, orientation, crop, position of images and text etc.) to your original CMYK artwork.

Please note: The reverse mirrors the front so check that your Emboss is placed in the correct location (flipped) on the reverse. Ensure your artwork is centred on each page so Emboss line up exactly when flipped.

How to setup and supply your files

  1. Open your artwork in your design application.
  2. Create a new layer for the Foil or Emboss artwork.
  3. Select the elements you wish to enhance with Foil or Emboss and duplicate them to the new Foil or Emboss layer.
  4. Fill the elements with 100%K (Black). All elements should be set to 100% Opacity.
  5. IMPORTANT – Select all graphics on the Foil or Emboss layer and set them to “Overprint Fill” in the Attributes palette (Window/Output Attributes).
  6. Select “Overprint Preview” from the ‘View’ menu to CHECK your work fits correctly.
  7. Export the Foil or Emboss Proof – by exporting as a single PDF including all layers, with all trim marks.
  8. Export the Foil or Emboss layer – by turning off all layers except the new Foil or Emboss layer, then export as a single PDF with all trim marks.
  9. Proceed to export the final CMYK file by turning off the Foil or Emboss layer, then export all CMYK layers with trim marks.

 

When your artwork is laid out, create a new layer called “Score” or “Perforation". Choose a bright colour that is not featured in your artwork (100% Magenta works well), then draw dashed lines on “Score” or “Perforation" layer where you intend the Score or Perforations to be placed.

Please note: The reverse mirrors the front so check that your perforations are in the correct location (flipped) on the reverse. Ensure your artwork is centred on each page so perforations line up exactly when flipped.

How to setup and supply your files

  1. Open your artwork in your design application.
  2. Create a new layer for the “Score” or “Perforation" artwork.
  3. Draw dashed lines on “Score” or “Perforation" layer where you intend the Score or Perforations to be placed.
  4. Ensure the Keyline is no more than 1pt, Dashed keyline and is set to 100% Magenta.
  5. Export the “Score” or “Perforation" Proof - by exporting as a single PDF including all layers, with all trim marks.
  6. Export the “Score” or “Perforation" layer – by turning off all layers except the new “Score” or “Perforation" layer, then export as a single PDF with all trim marks.
  7. Proceed to export the final CMYK file by turning off the “Score” or “Perforation" layer, then export all CMYK layers with trim marks.

 

Please note:  For a cut out to be completed, create a spot colour called “CutContour” in 100% Magenta. Create a keyline using this colour to the shape you want cut out ensuring there is 2mm bleed. Make the keyline a .5mm clean line with no breaks. The colour of this keyline is now called CutContour and our cutters will follow this line. It is ok, you can see it on your artwork, but it is not printed.

Place this CutContour line on a separate layer (top) on your document. When you output your PDF and choose “pre-press” option and native colour output, the cutters can identify the CutContour colour. We print by barcode to exact match print and cut, so your keylines need to be in their exact position.