Tips for Production

 

Creating Your Print Files

Kal-Blue can accept virtually any print file type including .PDF, .TIF, .AI, .EPS or .JPEG although our preferred printing files are .PDF and .AI.  We have the latest Adobe Creative Suite software programs and unlimited fonts to assist you in final artwork creation.  You can send us your project electronically by visiting our website and selecting eOrder. Or, email your files to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call 800.522.0541 for more information.

 

Recommended File Specs:
  • Full size artwork @ 150 dpi
  • Convert all text to paths/outlines
  • Include all linked images
  • Formats accepted:
       .TIF  (Tagged Information File)
       .PSD  (Layered Photoshop Document)
       .AI  (Adobe Illustrator file)
       .PDF  (Portable Document File)
       .EPS  (Encapsulated Postscript file)
       .JPEG  (Joint Photographic Experts Group file)

 

Creating a die-line for cutting/routing

A die-line is a digital guide line that indicates where the die-cutter will cut. The die-line will not appear on the printed piece.  With a little practice, it's relatively easy to create a die-line, and will save you from having to pay a die-line creation fee.  But if you prefer, we will create that for you.

 

In Adobe Illustrator

1) Create a new layer

2) If the shape that you want cut out is a vector image, simply create a copy of the image and then create an outline stroke (no fill) of the image on the new layer (remember to include bleed if needed) If you are working with a jpg, pdf, etc., use the pen tool to create the path on the new layer. Die-lines must be vector images.

3) Outline all of your text and embed any linked files.  Save the file as an Illustrator file with the extension - .ai and e-mail it to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or upload using the e-order link at the top of each page.

 

In Adobe Photoshop

1) Create a new layer

2) Use the Vector Shape Tool or Pen Tool to create a path of the shape you want to be cut on the new layer (remember to include bleed if necessary).  If you use the Pen Tool, set it to Path Mode.  Die-lines must be vector images.

3) Save the file as a Photoshop file (.psd).

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