At Label Solutions we believe in supplying as much information to our customers so they can achieve the standout labels they have worked so hard on. Therefore, we have provided some printing guidelines for your label artwork.
Label Solution’s Prepress guidelines
How we can receive files:
The best way to send the team your artwork is via email – Please email your files to [email protected].
We can receive files up to 15meg, however larger files can be sent using WeTransfer.
General Requirements for supplied artwork:
Artwork that is not supplied using the following criteria may require design work that will incur additional costs. So, the more that you and your team can do before hand it may be better. However, our Customer Service team will advise an estimate for all required amendments before proceeding.
Below is a checklist that you can follow to get your label files print ready:
- Artwork should be created to be the finished size of your label.
- Remove all trim marks, printer marks or slugs.
- All artwork should be CMYK not RGB. CMYK is used for printing.
- Preferred artwork supplied as vector PDF’s.
- Fonts – When supplying final artwork please outline all fonts.
- Bleed – A minimum of 1.5mm bleed should be included on any design that prints beyond the cutter guide.
- Safe Area – A minimum of 1.5mm safe area between the artwork and cutter guide.
- Layers on artwork – If white layers, foils or varnishes are shown within a design, then please ensure these are placed on separate layers and created in a spot colour.
- Cutter Guides – Placed on the top layer and set to a spot colour.
- Resolution – Images must achieve a minimum of 300dpi.
- Barcodes – High quality vector readable codes should be included in your design. We can create barcodes but prefer them to be supplied with a magnification no less than 80% and white margin indicator. If on a clear material, please add a white spot layer behind the barcode.
- White layer – For printing on clear or silver materials, create a spot colour where you need white to print. White is NOT required under 100% black.
- Black print – To achieve the best black colour, ensure the artwork is 100% black and not made from CMYK.
- Overprints – ALL overprints need to be turned off, including blacks.
- Please unlock all artwork.
Hard copy/visuals – Please send a visual PDF or hard copy, when supplying any artwork files. If we have quoted to print your label and die cut using a nearest stock cutter, a template of the cutter guide can be supplied in Illustrator format.
The Color-Logic system provides a colour communication system for 250 new metallic colours. Printing four colour process and white on to silver substrate produces eye catching decorative effects. The metallic colours can be further enhanced with either gloss or matt laminate.
Please contact our Customer Service team and ask for a sample pack and Color-logic reference charts. Colorlogic is licensed to Label Solutions, therefore when creating your artwork refer to the areas of the artwork that will use Color-logic and advise Colour-logic reference code. For guidance on setting up a Color-Logic file refer to visual reference below:
To create a metallic effect, Colour-Logic swatches can be used. A white layer (WHITE spot colour) is created to stop the silver substrate coming through. In areas there is no white, the colours will take on the metallic appearance. This is a cost-effective alternative to foiling.
Artwork Bleed and Safe Area
Printing on to Clear substrate:
Anything on the artwork that is white will show as clear – the white layer (WHITE spot colour) will mask the clear substrate. The packaging or substance that the label is adhered onto will show through. Be aware of the colour of the item on which the label will be placed.
This may seem a little overwhelming however it should make sense to your designer as they will have done work like this before. The reason we go into so much detail is so we can print the best possible labels for you. We do not want you to go away thinking they are not perfect!
For help/assistance give us a call and ask for the artwork department who will be able to help you some more.