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    Artwork


    Print set up: 9.0 cm x 5.8 cm (all-round additional bleed area 2mm –extend templates to completely fill the bleed area)
    Final format: 8.6 cm x 5.4 cm


    Artwork template:

    Artwork template PDF Artwork template PDF





    Below you will find further information to additional options and artwork creation:

    Personalization Personalization


    Personalize any card with individual data, such as name, customer number or winning code, for example.
    The additional charge always refers to a variable (usually an Excel column). If you would like, for example, to personalize the first name/name in one row, and the customer number in the next row, please select Quantity 2 as an add-on.

    Personalization is available in the colors black and white. Please provide an Excel file with the data to be personalized.

    Please note that the cards have light scratches. This is due to the way the individual cards are transported during the personalization process. The scratches can especially be seen on black, monochrome and glossy cards.



    Barcode Barcode


    Provide any card with an individual barcode.

    Choose from the following barcode types:
    EAN8
    EAN13
    Code 39
    Code 93
    Code 128
    EAN 128
    UPC-A
    Codabar
    Code2/5 Interleaved

    More detailed information about the different barcode types is available in following PDF file:

    Barcode DetailsBarcode-Detail-Infos



    Barcode printing is available in the colors black and white. Please provide an Excel file with the barcode data. Please note the data requirements for each barcode type.
    Please note that the cards have light scratches. This is due to the way the individual cards are transported during the personalization process. The scratches can especially be seen on black, monochrome and glossy cards.



    Embossing Embossing


    In accordance with international standards, we can only emboss the lower half of a plastic card. In addition, the distance to the edge must be at least 0.5 cm. The embossing can be dyed in the colors gold, silver, black and white. This dying process must however be performed so that the original background color of the embossed surface is still visible. The additional charge always refers to a variable (usually an Excel column).

    When embossing, there are two standard sizes and fonts:
    Large font
    • Font size: 13 pt (approx. 5 mm)
    • Font type: OCR
    • Possible characters: 0 – 9
    • Maximum number of characters (including spaces): 20
    Small font
    • Font size: 9 pt (approx. 3 mm)
    • Font type: Gothic
    • Possible characters: 0 – 9, A…Z, &, period (.), minus symbol (-), slash (/)
    • Maximum number of characters (including spaces): 28




    Signature panel Signature panel


    Signature panels are essential if you subsequently want to write something by hand on the card (e.g. customer name, signature…).
    The size of the signature panel can be individually selected.



    Scratch panel Scratch panel


    Add a scratch panel to your card, thereby extending the possible uses of the plastic card.

    Example uses: competition, access code, password.

    If printed digitally, the size of the scratch panel can be freely selected. In offset printing, a scratch panel has a standard size of 36 mm x 6 mm.
    In both cases, however, the position can be individually selected.



    Transparent cards Transparent cards


    Transparent cards can only be printed on one side. Transparent plastic cards have a very sensitive surface, which can very easily become scratched. Please be aware of this when making your selection.



    Frosted cards Frosted cards


    Frosted cards have a surface similar to translucent glass, and can only be printed on one side.



    Matt finish Matt finish


    Give your cards an elegant matt finish. Please note, however, that these cards can generally not subsequently be personalized or printed.



    Gold cards Gold cards


    Both sides of your cards will have a gold background, and will then be printed with the required layout. Please note that yellow/orange colors will be very faint.



    Silver cards Silver cards


    Both sides of your cards will have a silver background, and will then be printed with the required layout. Please note that grey colors will be very faint.



    Possible file formats/extensions: PDF or JPG.

    Files from image editing software
    We require files created using image editing software such as Photoshop to be in JPG format.

    JPG Files
    • Only use the standard JPG format, e.g. not JPG 2000
    • Save with maximum quality and base line (Standard)

    PDF Files

    PDF files should conform to standardPDF/X-3:2002. Please take note of the following specifications:
    • Must be PDF version 1.3
    • No transparency
    • No colored sample cells / tile patterns
    • No comments or form fields
    • No encryption (e.g. password protection)
    • No OPI comments
    • No transfer curves
    • Configure an output intent profile.

    The following applies in addition to the PDF/X-3:2002 standards:
    • All fonts must be converted to paths
    • No layers

    Data format/trimming/resolution
    • • Please set up the format of print data as described for each product on its respective specification sheet.
    • • Resolution: 300dpi

    Color
    • Color mode: CMYK
    • Maximum color density: 300 %
    • Minimum color density:
      If the ink coverage is below 10%, the color printed will appear very weak.

    Font size
    Avoid font sizes below size 6.

    Set up black color correctly  - Black and grey objects
    Text and lines must always be correctly set up to print in pure black color
    Cyan 0%, Magenta 0%, Yellow 0%, Black 100%.