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Nervous Wreck (II) Inmate

From: PA
Insane since: Feb 2003

posted posted 09-18-2003 02:23

Hi there...Expert advice needed!

Can anyone help me out with foil stamping? I will be working on a project in the very near future that will have some text and graphics that will need to be foil stamped. And I have never set up document for this type of printing and I am a little nervous! Is there anything that I might need to know heading into this? We would be using gold foil on a deep red vinyl binder. We are looking to foil stamp two logos (not complex in design - mostly text & lines) and some basic block shapes.

Help! Thanks in advance...

Thanks in advance...

Bipolar (III) Inmate

From: Mpls, MN
Insane since: Dec 2000

posted posted 09-18-2003 03:16

I have only done this a few times and it expensive so you realy need to consult with the printer/bindry that will be applying the foil it's will requires a special setup one there part. When I have done it I just supplied a document in Quark showing showing only where the foil is to be applied. The printer then created the necessary Plate or Die. One could perhaps also supply the the full job, with the the foil as a spot color set to non-printing, another thing to consider sometime there is a limited area where the foil can be applied do to equipment and ink coverage.

You might also think about using metalic inks, they may be a bit cheaper and easyer to find a vendor.

J. Stuart J.

Paranoid (IV) Inmate

From: The Soft Cell
Insane since: Nov 2001

posted posted 09-18-2003 10:28

I used to work for a printer that had a hot foil machine. The maximum plate area was about 6x4". we had a grid made up of quarter inch increment lines which was used to position 5mm drill holes to fix the plate to the press. we had to use between 4 and 6 drill holes depending on the size of the image but no drill hole could be within half an inch of the image or distortion would occur

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