TRADING CARDS - Akuafoil
Radiance never seen before – dazzle you can afford! Akuafoil gives you a wide range of CMYK colors with a sparkling foil finish and an ideal reflection that is priced to give you a true competitive advantage. State-of-the-art features allow you to produce large solid areas as well as reversed out areas of foil. You can produce foiled half tones, gradients and have multiple colors in foil on the same design. The design possibilities are limited only by your imagination, giving you an exquisite edge.
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With Akuafoil, you can turn a wide range of CMYK colors into multi-colored foils. Akuafoil uses a special processed foil system that is applied under a four color process to create an array of foil colors. It's simple, affordable, and makes your prints stand out from the crowd.
For an Akuafoil job, you must include an Akuafoil mask file along with your CMYK file. The mask file indicates where the Akuafoil will be applied. The file setup is the same as Spot UV. Use 100% K where Akuafoil needs to be applied and white where the Akuafoil is not applied.
As shown above, the file on the left is the normal CMYK print file. If you want the logo to be Akuafoil, then your Akuafoil mask file should look like the file on the right. The white indicates no Akuafoil and black 100% K indicates where the Akuafoil will be applied. When uploading, please remember to upload separate files.
Here are few things to keep in mind when creating your Akuafoil artwork: Make sure the mask and CMYK print file are aligned. They should match exactly in size and position. Akuafoil works best on lighter colors. The darker the CMYK color, the less vibrant the Akuafoil effect. Do not use very thin or small text and artwork with Akuafoil. Use San Serif fonts above 12 point for best results. If you have Akuafoil applied to a white area, it will have a plain silver Akuafoil look. For better quality we recommend creating mask files in vector based programs such as Illustrator or CorelDRAW. If you would like plain silver Akuafoil to print, make sure to have at least 15% K in the CMYK print file area in order to obtain the highest quality silver Akuafoil effect.
Our paper guide will help you choose the perfect paper for your project.
Matte Coated Paper Smooth Softer color Okay to write on Matte Coated Paper has a light coating that provides a boost to the contrast to images, but results in little glare. The matte coating provides a smoother presentation than an uncoated sheet, and softer than the appearance of a glossy sheet. Matte sheets are good for enhancing visual designs with a more subdued layout and color set without having a lot of glare which glossy coatings suffer from.
Quick Tips Cover means cardstock (thick paper). Text or Bond or Book means paper (not as thick as cardstock). Ultra Violet (UV) Gloss is a high gloss coating, Aqueous (AQ) is a glossy coating, and Matte finish is a non-glossy, flat finish. You cannot write or print on UV Gloss stocks, and we do not guarantee that you will be able to write on AQ coated stocks. C2S indicates coated on two sides. C1S indicates coated on one side.
When creating a Spot UV job, you must include a Spot UV template file along with the regular print file. The Spot UV template file is used to show where the UV coating needs to be applied. For better quality we recommend creating mask files in vector based programs such as Illustrator or CorelDraw.
Please only use solid 100% K to indicate where you would like the UV. Do not use shadows, glows or gray scale images. White will indicate no UV.
Remember, if it's white, you can write!
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TURNAROUND: Cut off time is 12:00pm Eastern. Plan your project with our turnaround time table.
FILE UPLOAD: Resolution - 300dpi; Color Mode - CMYK; Get high quality print with our print file checklist.
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