How do I create a mask file for special print finishes?
Ah yes, creating a mask file for foil stamping or other print finishes… a question that’s been on many minds these days. Lucky for you there are only simple steps to creating mask files like an expert!
First off, the mask file needs to be a black and white PDF - with black being ‘on’ and white being ‘off’. This means you will need to convert whatever artwork into this form before printing. The resolution of the PDF should be set as high as possible too – think at least 300 dpi (dots per inch) or higher if necessary.
Second, make sure all blacks have a K value of 100%. This is important because it makes sure your blacks are true solid colors that won't get lost in the mix when printing with foils or other print materials!
Finally, remember to create separate color print files from any photographs used in the artwork as they will not show up correctly when they're printed over foils otherwise.
If you follow these basic tips then creating masks files for foil stamping will be easy peasy lemon squeezy! But don't just take my word for it - give it a go yourself and see how easy it can really be.