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UV coating, partial

For detailed instructions on UV coating, please refer to this manual.

Elements to be partially coated must be set up as overprinting special colour named lack with the following parameters:

Set up as: Vectors or pixels
Colour for visualization: 100 % magenta
Hue: 100 %
Swatch name: lack
Colour type: Full-tone colour/​special colour/​spot colour
Overprinting: Overprint surface and/​or contour

Please note: Do not try to simulate the overprinting behaviour of special colours through transparency effects (multiply, overlay etc.).

Minimum requirements for sizes and margins:

Minimum size of objects/lines: 0.38 mm (1.0 pt)
Minimum size of knockouts: 0.56 mm (1.5 pt)
Margin between varnish and fold/crease: 1.5 mm
Minimum margin to hot foil: 1.5 mm
Minimum margin to blind embossing: 1.5 mm

Additional information:

UV coating is not suitable for writing on or stamping. Neither numbering nor hot foil can be applied to coating.

When processing the print data, the coating is automatically set to overprinting! If there are supposed to be objects underneath the coating surfaces, they must be created additionally underneath the coating and be correspondingly coloured. In case of e.g. white objects on a coloured background, the coating must not be set to knockout. An object in CMYK white (C: 0% M: 0% Y: 0% K: 0%) must actually be created underneath the coating.

Full-surface UV coating

Full-surface UV coating does not need to be set up in your file. The coating is automatically set up by our system.

Please note: UV coating is not suitable for writing on or stamping. Neither numbering nor hot foil can be applied to the coating.

3D varnish, partial

For detailed instructions on 3D varnish, please refer to this manual.

Elements to be partially 3D-varnished must be set up as overprinting special colour named 3dglanz with the following parameters:

Set up as: Vectors or pixels
Colour for visualization: 100 % cyan
Hue: 100 %
Swatch name: 3dglanz
Colour type: Full-tone colour/​special colour/​spot colour
Overprinting: Overprint surface and/​or contour

Please note: Do not try to simulate the overprinting behaviour of special colours through transparency effects (multiply, overlay etc.).

Minimum sizes and margins:

Minimum margin to final format: 2 mm
Minimum size of objects/lines: 0.7 mm (2.0 pt)
Minimum size of knockouts: 0.7 mm (2.0 pt)
Margin between varnish and fold/crease: 2 mm

Please note: Margins between finished elements and the edge (cutting edge) should be at least 2 mm. The varnish may otherwise break or peel off during cutting. Due to its higher layer thickness, 3D varnish is not recommended for fine details and filigree motifs. Finishing with 3D varnish is always produced in combination with a one-sided soft-touch foil lamination as a protective layer.

Additional information:

When processing the print data, the varnish is automatically set to overprinting! If there are supposed to be objects underneath the varnish surfaces, they must be created additionally underneath the coating and be correspondingly coloured. In case of e.g. white objects on a coloured background, the coating must not be set to knockout. An object in CMYK white (C: 0% M: 0% Y: 0% K: 0%) must actually be created underneath the coating.

Glitter varnish, partial

Detailed guidelines on glitter varnish can be found in this manual.

Elements to be partially varnished must be set up as overprinting special colour named glitzer with the following parameters:

Set up as: Vectors or pixels
Colour for visualization: 100 % magenta
Hue: 100 %
Swatch name: glitzer
Colour type: Full-tone colour/​special colour/​spot colour
Overprinting: Overprint surface and/​or contour

Please note: Do not try to simulate the overprinting behaviour of special colours through transparency effects (multiply, overlay etc.).

Minimum sizes and margins:

Minimum size of objects/lines: 0.56 mm (1.5 pt)
Minimum size of knockouts: 0.75 mm (2.0 pt)
Margin between varnish and fold/crease: 2 mm
Minimum gap to hot foil: 1.5 mm
Minimum gap to blind embossing: 1.5 mm

Please note: A maximum of 15 % of the format (of each the front and back) can be varnished with glitter silver. Glitter varnish is not suitable for writing on or stamping. Numbering cannot be applied to the varnish. The glitter particles are silver and have a metallic reflecting effect. As a result, the colour printed underneath shimmers through a little and the glitter varnish appears slightly coloured.

Additional information:

When processing the print data, the varnish is automatically set to overprinting! If there are supposed to be objects underneath the varnish surfaces, they must be created additionally underneath the varnish and be correspondingly coloured. In case of e.g. white objects on a coloured background, the varnish must not be set to knockout. An object in CMYK white (C: 0% M: 0% Y: 0% K: 0%) must actually be created underneath the varnish.

Hot-foil stamping

Detailed instructions for hot-foil stamping can be found in this manual.

Hot-foil motifs must be set up as overprinting special colour with the following parameters:

Set up as: Vector surfaces and/or fonts converted to paths
Colour for visualization: 100 % cyan
Hue: 100 %
Swatch name: hfgold, hfsilver, hflaser (according to selected foil)
Colour type: Full-tone colour/​special colour/​spot colour
Overprinting: Overprint surface (only surfaces)

Please note: Do not try to simulate the overprinting behaviour of special colours through transparency effects (multiply, overlay etc.).

Minimum sizes and margins:

Minimum size of objects/lines: 0.3 mm (0.8 pt)
Minimum size of margins: 0.56 mm (1.5 pt)
Margin between varnish and fold/crease: 2 mm

Additional information:

Hot-foil stamping on both sides is not possible. Perfectly fitting elements underneath the hot foil and directly adjacent objects without the recommended minimum margin should be avoided due to possible deviations.

Blind embossing

Detailed instructions on blind embossing can be found in this manual.

Embossing motifs must be set up as overprinting special colour named blindpraeg and with the following parameters:

Set up as: Vector surfaces and/or fonts converted to paths
Colour for visualization: 100 % cyan
Hue: 100 %
Swatch name: blindpraeg
Colour type: Full-tone colour/​special colour/​spot colour
Overprinting: Overprint surface (only surfaces)

Please note: Do not try to simulate the overprinting behaviour of special colours through transparency effects (multiply, overlay etc.).

Minimum sizes and margins:

Minimum size of objects: 0.56 mm (1.5 pt)
Minimum size of knockouts: 0.56 mm (1.5 pt)
Minimum margin for varnish and
fold/crease/notch:
2 mm

Embossing direction:

Embossing motif on PDF page 1: Motif is embossed (front)

Attention! We always assume that page 1 (front) is to be embossed.

Additional information:

Perfectly fitting elements and directly adjacent objects without recommended minimum margins should be avoided due to possible deviations. Depending on paper thickness and quality, fine details that aren’t pronounced enough for the embossing process may not be displayed.

Die-cutting

Detailed instructions for die-cutting can be found in this manual.

Set up as: Vector contour in 0.25 pt
Colour for visualization: 100 % magenta
Hue: 100 %
Swatch name: stanze
Colour type: Full-tone colour/​special colour/​spot colour
Overprinting: Overprint contours (only contours)

Please note: Do not try to simulate the overprinting behaviour of special colours through transparency effects (multiply, overlay etc.).

Minimum margin of the die-cutting
contour from final format in
kiss-cutting and in die-cutting with nicks:
4 mm
Minimum margin between two knives: 4 mm

Additional information:

We generally assume cutting through. Special requests such as kiss-cutting (e.g. for sticker cards) or nicks (set by us) must please be indicated via the comment field in the order form.

Additional creases and perforation lines must be clearly marked in the punching tool. You may want to send us a preview file to clarify.

A reverse crease is not possible as only one side is die-cut.

Lamination

Lamination doesn’t need to be taken account of in your print data.

Please note: One-sided lamination is always applied to the first page of the PDF file.

Contour milling

Contour milling for signs and plates must be set up as overprinting special colour named cutkontur and with the following parameters:

Set up as: Vector contour in 0.25 pt
Colour for visualization: 100 % magenta
Hue: 100 %
Swatch name: cutkontur
Colour type: Full-tone colour/​special colour/​spot colour
Overprinting: Overprint contour (only contours)

Please note: Do not try to simulate the overprinting behaviour of special colours through transparency effects (multiply, overlay etc.).