printing: Tips for the best results

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Pantone to cmyk conversion

Tips & Tricks for proper printing to result in perfection.

Pantone colors are premixed spot colors. CYMK is a process printing system that uses a mixture of Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black to produce color.

While CMYK is a much less expensive way to produce full color jobs, about 50% of Pantone colors are not fully achievable in CMYK (see below). This can cause issues or dissatisfaction for your customer if they are expecting a certain PMS color match.

Here are some examples of what certain Pantone colors look like on screen (or in a Pantone Book) and what the CMYK print will look like:

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If you are sending a job for full color to Faceless Technologies, please convert all Pantone colors to 4 color process before submitting your order. Also, we suggest checking the PMS color's achievability in CMYK and alerting your customer about what to expect with the conversion.

Please note that Faceless Technologies has 4 color process and 1-2 color spot capabilities and 1-2 PMS Color options on certain products such as Brochures / Sales Sheets, Business Cards, Envelopes, Letterhead, NCR Forms, Notepads, & Small Flyers. If you are unsure of which process will work best for your job, please contact customer service for assistance.

The Trouble with Borders.

While the addition of a border may be a nice design aesthetic or an easy way to add bleed to a customer supplied file, it can be detrimental to the end result of your print job.

Faceless Technologies highly recommends removing all borders before sending files to print.

This is why:

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Due to the speed of our cutters and our sheet lay-out, borders can make even the straightest cuts look crooked. Although Faceless Technologies often trims borders to perfection, the issue can be avoided 100% of the time if borders are removed completely before submitting artwork.


Adding Bleed to a file:

To ensure proper printing, please make sure the correct bleed is set-up on the design file. If you send Faceless Technologies a business card file at 3.5x2 you will need to extend it to 3.75x2.25 to give us the requested amount of bleed. This file can easily be enlarged to 3.75x2.25 but simply enlarging the image could cause an undesired final product.

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Enlarging the file can move text and important images out of the text safe area and past the final cut line.

Faceless Technologies recommends enlarging the background only and leaving important text and images within the text safe area and final cut line.

See below for Faceless Technologies recommended text safe area. Please feel free to contact us if you ever need any design templates from us to make sure the layout is fine.

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