Top 5 Print File Mistakes — And How To Prevent Them

Primoprint
May 29, 2018 · 5 min read

Mask Files Are Not 100% Black

When ordering Spot UV and foil products, a mask file is required. We'll discuss the process and file preparation.
When ordering Spot UV and foil products, a mask file is required. We'll discuss the process and file preparation.

Mask Files Are Not Aligned Properly

If you are placing Spot UV over the top of text or images, it’s important that the mask file lines up perfectly.
If you are placing Spot UV over the top of text or images, it’s important that the mask file lines up perfectly.

Files Do Not Contain Bleed

Adding bleed to your artwork is very important. This is where you extend your background past the edge of the artwork.
Adding bleed to your artwork is very important. This is where you extend your background past the edge of the artwork.

Not Enough Contrast

A general rule of thumb is to make sure there is at least a 10-15% difference in color builds for a subtle appearance when printed.
A general rule of thumb is to make sure there is at least a 10-15% difference in color builds for a subtle appearance when printed.

Text Is Not Large Enough to Read

8PT and larger. Text legibility can very depending on the typeface, but as a rule of thumb keep important text 8PT and up.
8PT and larger. Text legibility can very depending on the typeface, but as a rule of thumb keep important text 8PT and up.

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