Art Specifications

Please email your vector art file to sales@plymouthrockprinting.com

FILE FORMATS:
Vector AI, PDF, or EPS files only please. Please provide vector art only as most pixel based art (TIFF's, JPEG, or PS) will not provide an acceptable imprint. Raster art must have a resolution of 300 dpi or higher and will be assessed on an individual basis. 

-E-mail artwork to sales@plymouthrockprinting.com. If your file is too large to e-mail you can send it to us using dropbox or other file transfer service. 

-When submitting artwork via e-mail please indicate your purchase order number and company name in the subject line. Also within the body of the e-mail please include the sender’s full name, contact information, the desired PMS colors, image placement, image size and any other special requests (example: typesetting or clip art).

-Do not distort the design for the tapering of the container, the taper or distortion of the artwork occurs while the item is printing.

IMAGE SET-UP 
If the imprint size/location is not indicated on the purchase order or artwork file, we will place the art at our standard (straight and center) maximum imprint area.

TEXT / FONTS
All text should be saved to outlines. We may not have the font you used in our font collection. If a font is not converted to outlines we will substitute a generic font and request new artwork with outlined text.

Small fonts under 8 pt. font size may fill in while printing. For this reason all fonts must be 8 pts. or greater. Script fonts and reverse type must be 10 pts. or greater. Often with small type a slight stroke weight will be added to the font to avoid printing issues. Each print job’s fonts and text are assessed on an individual basis. 

LINKED OR EMBEDDED IMAGES

All images used in a file must be embedded. If you use a placed or linked image, you must supply the separate file as well as the layout. 

INK COLOR 
If the ink color is not indicated in the purchase order or artwork file, we will color match the art as closely as possible to the nearest PMS match.

INK ON COLOR PRODUCTS: Please check with customer service for a list of ink colors that may work on colored products.  PMS ink mix charge will apply.

STOCK INK COLOR AND COLOR MATCHING:
PMS (PANTONE) INK MATCH: $20.00 per order.
There is no extra charge for using inks from our list of stock ink colors below.

STOCK INK COLORS

 

 

 

 

METALLIC INKS: (charge applies) Metallic gold 871 U through Metallic silver 877 U is available. Please contact us for pricing on specialty metallic inks.  We recommend that all metallic inks print at 100%. 

EXCESSIVE INK CHARGE:
$5.00/M Disclaimer may apply for ink rub-off.

COLOR REGISTRATION OF REVERSES WITH 2 OR MORE COLORS
Due to our printing process we are not able to guarantee registration throughout the entire printing run when a reverse out area intersects 2 or more colors. Example of the reverse through 2 or more colors.

a) art provided                                      
b) possible registration issue:       

REGISTRATION ON LOW QUANTITY (<10,000)  NAPKIN ORDERS
1/4” space between colors is required as each color will slightly shift up to 1/8” in any direction at press.

SCREENS/HALFTONES AND GRADIENTS

Halftone and gradient images are made up of a series of dots rather than a continuous tone, and may appear to have jagged edges where a solid color will have a smooth edge.  Dots under 10% may drop off and dots over 85% may fill in. Halftones and gradients of vector art will be adjusted to solid color to meet press requirements. Raster files/placed images cannot be adjusted. We recommend that all text be solid to prevent the appearance of jagged edges.We are unable to print halftones and gradients with metallic ink. We are unable to print screens/halftones on Linen-Soft napkins due to the texture of the substrate. 

LINE WEIGHTS

Thin lines do not print well on our products. Lines under .75 line weight will tend to fill in or drop off. We recommend using a 1 pt. line weight or greater. For reverse line work a 2 pt. line weight is recommended. In order to achieve a quality imprint we will alter line weights received under our minimum requirement if it does not compromise the overall look of the artwork.

LOW QUANTITY (<10,000) CUP ORDER IMPRINT AREA

The maximum imprint area is determined by a top width x height x bottom width. By using the tapered imprint area the distortion is reduced. All images are placed at maximum imprint size in the center of cup unless another placement is requested. This does not apply to 1-color wrap imprints on applicable products.

 

PRODUCT COLOR VARIATIONS: Paper will vary slightly in degree of “Brightness Level” from lot to lot. Therefore, some lots may appear to be a brighter shade of white then others. Also, colored napkins are dyed tissue and shades or napkin color can vary from lot to lot as well. These facts are especially important to note in regard to repeat orders and/or ensembles of different products. Colored plastic items may also vary in color from lot to lot.

PRINTING ON COFFEE SLEEVES: Our coffee sleeves are printed while folded flat. Once the sleeve has been placed on a cup for use, the image will take on the shape of the cup and look tapered or slightly distorted. This will be especially noticeable on straight lines, lines of text, and large solid shapes. Because the corrugated surface is textured the imprint may show subtle tonal changes that appear as printed lines.