Artworks


Artwork Guidelines

When you send artwork to us for plastic cards , key tags and plastic cards with snap off key tags we need two things:

1. Original artwork files.
These need to be print ready format. This is the file we will use for print so anything that is not printed should not be there (card outline, radius corners, punched holes, numbering, signature strip/s, magnetic stripes etc).
Please do not supply artwork more that 1 up per document

2. Separate pdf file.
Please show card outline, radius corners, punched holes and any extras such as consecutive numbering, signature strip/s, magnetic stripes, bar codes and personalisation.

Colours
All files should be supplied in CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) format as we digitally print all artwork using this 4 colour process. Artwork must be converted to 4 colour process, we can not accept RGB or artwork set as spot or Pantone colours.

Fonts
Please forward all the fonts that you have used in your artwork. It is preferred that wherever possible all fonts can be converted to outlines/curves. Please do not omit any fonts that are used in EPS files, again, these should be converted to outlines/curves in most circumstances. Do not presume that we will have what are considered standard fonts - these must also be sent with your artwork.

Images
The preferred format for any raster graphics is TIF although we can accept most standard formats JPG,GIF etc. These should be supplied at a minimum of 300 d.p.i. Anything below this can result in lower quality reproduction of your card when it comes to printing. Images downloaded from the internet are unsuitable for print as these are very low resolution (72 d.p.i.) and will result in a very low quality print. Again, all these images should be in CMYK format. Vector images can be sent in their original format or as an EPS with any fonts converted to outlines/curves.

Adobe Illustrator vCS4 or Lower
We accept EPS and Ai Flies, please outline all fonts, and convert all colours to CMYK.
Adobe Photoshop vCS4 or Lower
We accept All Photoshop formats. Please make artwork no lower than 300dpi, convert file and colours to CMYK.
Coral Draw v13 or Lower
We accept All Coral Draw formats. Please convert all fonts to curves and make artwork no lower than 300 dpi, convert all colours to CMYK.
We also accept PDF formats at Print Quality. Please make sure any fonts are outlines. Do not show card outline, radius corners, punched holes, numbering, magnetic stripes etc in the Print Quality file, show these in a separate file.
Standard Plastic Card Dimensions



Finished card dimensions are indicated by the GREEN keyline (85.6mm x 54mm).
Bleed area (GREY area) must be extended 3mm outside the finished card dimensions. The card design images should therefore extend to 92mm x 60mm (i.e designs can “bleed”).
Safety area, any text must be kept 3mm within the finished card dimensions and must not cross into the PINK area.

Magnetic Stripes


Finished card dimensions are indicated by the GREEN keyline (85.6mm x 54mm).

Signature Strips / Write on panels


Finished card dimensions are indicated by the GREEN keyline (85.6mm x 54mm).
Signature strips can be in any size or shape, just keep them 5mm away from any edge. Any wording eg “Signature” must be above, below or to the side of the strip. Wording can not be printed on the strip.

Embossing
We use two standard embossing character types, (embossing affects graphics, text etc on the other side of the card). Cards can only be embossed on one side and the embossing must be in the lower half of the card.
OCR - Numeric only - 4mm height
Simplex - Alpha Numeric - 2.5mm height

Slots and Holes

Finished card dimensions are indicated by the GREEN keyline (85.6mm x 54mm). Slots and holes can be positioned virtually anywhere, just keep them 5mm from the edge.

Plastic key tag card / key fob card dimensions




Finished card dimensions are indicated by the GREEN keyline (28.5mm x 54mm).
Bleed area (GREY area) must be extended 3mm outside the finished card dimensions.
The card images should therefore extend to 34.5mm x 60mm (i.e. designs can “bleed”).



Safety area, any text must be kept 3mm within the finished card dimensions and must not cross into the PINK area. The safety area (PINK area) should either be printed with a solid colour, continuous pattern or left white.

Plastic card combined with key tag / key fob dimensions


Finished card dimensions are indicated by the GREEN keyline (114.1mm x 54mm).
Bleed area (GREY area) must be extended 3mm outside the finished card dimensions.
The card design images should therefore extend to 121.0mm x 60mm (i.e. designs can “bleed”).
Safety area, any text must be kept 3mm within the finished card dimensions and must not cross into the PINK area. The safety area (PINK area) should either be printed with a solid colour, continuous pattern or left white.