Instructions for Foil Business Cards

When ordering foil cards, it’s important to review the following to avoid delays or unexpected print results.

  1. Ensure the file is 3.5” x 2”, and is created in CMYK 300 dpi with 1/16 inch (0.0625”) bleeds on all sides.
  2. Ensure fonts are larger than 8pt, and embed or outline them before exporting. Use sans serif fonts for best results.
  3. Separate artwork into two files: one is for foil lamination, for which the artwork’s color should be set to 100% black (C0, M0, Y0, K100.) Another file should be in the CMYK color space for artwork that is not foil printed.
    1. Avoid having artwork underneath the foil areas (i.e. using a mask instead)
    2. Avoid areas of heavy foil coverage with small/fine (non-foil) text or linework knocked out, as there is a tendency for these to fill in.
    3. Leave at least a 5mm (approximately 0.20″) foil-free area around the edges. Extending the metallic foil design to the edge of the card creates a high possibility of the foil peeling off.
    4. Be sure to DELETE any hidden layers that are not intended to print (ie: setup guide layers or other hidden artwork layers) to ensure no risk of them appearing on the final print
  4. Export all files into PDF format with bleeds.