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Design Instructions: Spot Colour Silkscreen Printing (200+ Discs)

Before You Begin: The production assets you supply to us are deemed to be in final form. This means you have checked them thoroughly and confirm they are ready-to-manufacture without the need for modifications.

Design Software:

We only accept vector based (line-art) graphics for silkscreen printing artwork. Please use either Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Indesign. Photoshop files will not be accepted. Free fully functioning 30 day trials of these programs can be downloaded from adobe.com

Design Templates:

Your designs must be supplied on the appropriate CDwest.ca design templates. We can not accept the templates from other manufacturers or ‘home made’ templates.

Basic Design Rules:

All artwork must be supplied in vector (line-art) form. Unless you are experienced with designing for silkscreen print do not include bitmap
   images in your design (for instructions please contact us).
Your design must be properly colour separated using your Layer Menu. For example: Let's say you are creating a two colour design using
   PMS 101C Yellow and PMS 107C Blue. Dedicate two layers in your Layer Menu for these two colours. All of the design elements that will
   print as PMS 101C goes in one of those two layers, and all of the design elements being printed PMS 107C will go in the other layer (see
   Image #1 below)
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All design elements must be specified with the appropriate colour value from the Pantone Solid Coated "C" colour menu.
Always allow 1/8” (3mm) of bleed past the finished edges of your design (see Image #1 below).
Don't crowd the edges with text - using a margin of no less than 1/8" (3mm) is generally recommended.
Do not add trapping to your design layers - our pre-press personnel will add trapping where necessary.
Do not use transparencies, gradients, drop-shadows or anything less than 100% solid colour unless you are experienced with designing for
   silkscreen print (the finished print will not resemble the smooth and consistent image you see on your computer monitor). If using less than
   100% solid colour, the tonal range must be between 15% and 85%

Text:

Minimum recommended type size for dark coloured lettering on a light coloured background: 5 points
Minimum recommended type size for light coloured lettering on a dark coloured background: 6 points
For best print results avoid using fonts with thin/fine strokes for small text (especially when using light text on a dark background).

Image #1: The red circles in the design template represent the maximum
printable area, but your design must 'bleed' or extend past the red
circles by at least 1/8" (which is represented by the
blue circles).


 


When Your Disc Design Is Completed

STEP 1  Covert Text To Outlines

To avoid font substitution errors please convert all of your text into 'outlines'. In Illustrator and Indesign select all of your text, go to your Menu Bar, select 'Type' and then select 'Create Outlines'. In the image shown below the word "Text" on the left has not been outlined, and the word "Text" on the right has been outlined.


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STEP 2  Turn Off The Template Layer

When you have finished your design please turn off the "Template" layer in your Layer Menu - after doing so the template's red circles and blue circles should have disappeared. The "Registration Mark" in the center of the template must remain visible so do not cover it, delete it, or turn that layer off.

In the image shown below, the Template layer has been turned off but the Registration Mark layer is clearly visible in the center of the design. This is how we want the design file supplied to us.

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STEP 3  Saving Your Design

You must save your design as a high resolution PDF. Please name your artwork file with your order number and the product name. For example:  32543_CD.pdf

In your Menu Bar select "File", then "Save As" and then select the PDF file format. A dialogue box will then appear (see example shown below) and in the "Adobe PDF Preset" field you select the "High Quality Print" option. Then click "Save PDF".


STEP 4   Artwork instructions for your disc packaging products are located here.

 


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