- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
Print glossy stickers with as many foil colors as you desire with our Foil Effects sticker printing option that allows you to print foils in half tone shades, gradients and thousands of custom colors in foil on the same sticker.
This unique and affordable sticker printing option opens the door to your wildest creative concepts from edgy and eclectic to elegant and evolved. Foil effects full color stickers are printed in a variety of shapes and sizes on an offset press with stochastic screen technology to get the finest print quality available anywhere.
Foil effects sticker printing is ideal for high-end branding and packaging projects and a superb choice for enhancing unique designs like wine labels, jewelry and gift boxes.
Even though these full color stickers are printed on paper stock with a crack and peel backing and are not really intended for outdoor use, they are printed on 70# label stock with a gloss UV coating making them durable for short term bursts of outdoor brand awareness!
Can Foil Affect Colors?
Images or artwork printed with foil effects will darken slightly and some gradient range will be lost. Consider lightening images before printing for a better result.
Can I Use Silver Color?
If you would like only silver foil effects to print, make sure to have at least 15% K over the foil for higher quality silver color, as well as to prevent chipping or flaking.
Can I Use Full Bleed Foil?
Foil effects allows you to design with full coverage and full bleed, unlike foil stamping that is limited 50% of the coverage and no bleed of the foil.
Can Knockouts Happen?
Knockouts are the spaces in the foil effects mask or in the CMYK print file. Be aware there might be a "halo" of white around the knockout area. Although registration is better than traditional foil stamping, it will not be exact.
Can I Use Small Text with Foil Effects Stickers?
Do not design using foil effects on very thin or small text or artwork. For best results, use large areas or fonts 12pt and above. Sans-serif fonts 10 point or above will also work.
Should I Use Dark Colors for Foil Effects?
Foil effects works best on lighter colors. The darker and more saturated the color is, the less effect the foil effect will have.
WHhat Is the Difference Between Foil Effects and Foil Stamping?
Foil stamping is the true and traditional form of adding foil to your project. Foil stamping is limited to under 50% coverage, cannot bleed and is not suited to complex designs. Foil effects allows almost unlimited foil colors amd gradients, and can be used for intricate designs. We offer traditional foil stamping on our Flexographic Printed Stickers while foil effects is only printed on our Offset Stickers.
Can Grey Colors Shift?
CMYK Process colors in the grey range and de-saturated images can shift in color throughout the print run and may cause the greys to appear either cooler or warmer. For a neutral grey, we recommend converting all grey values and de-saturated images to true greyscale consisting of K (black) only values.
Should I Use Rich Black?
For the richest of deep dark blacks in print, use 50/40/40/100 as the CMYK value. If printing small black text (or knocked out text), we recommend a k only black (0/0/0/100) to avoid misregistration issues.
Is There Color Variation on Solid Blue?
Due to the nature of club-run printing, you may experience color variation in solid fills of blue. For great blue results, we recommend a 30% difference between your Cyan and Magenta levels to ensure a nice rich dark blue, rather than purple.
Does UV Gloss Change Colors?
Colors under the UV gloss coating will appear slightly darker and richer than on a sticker with no coating.
Technical Specifications + Templates
Bleeds: all files must have a 1/8" bleed on each side
Live Area: keep all critical text and artwork 1/8" inside the trim
Colors: supply your files in CMYK color (Pantone/RGB colors will be converted or rejected)
Resolution: 300 dpi minimum (400 dpi preferred)
Fonts: fonts must converted to curves/outlines (we do not accept fonts).
Transparencies: flatten all transparencies
Types Of Files We Accept: MAC & PC files from Photoshop (PSD), Illustrator (EPS or AI), CorelDraw (CDR or EPS), Adobe Acrobat PDF, TIFF or JPEG.