File Formats & Printing Requirements Setup
Please read below to review our printing requirements to ensure that your prints will be to the highest quality possible:
ACCEPTED FORMATS FOR PRINTING YOUR FILE
Please provide files in the following formats (fonts must be in .OTF or .TTF format or we will not be able to adjust the artwork):
• EPS or AI should be in CMYK color mode, 100% in size with crop/cut/fold marks. As an example, files can be saved from Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign, or CorelDraw! All EPS files should have fonts converted to outlines/curves. A minimum bleed of 0.25″ is suggested for all artwork, 0.5″ for box artwork.
• TIF should be in CMYK color mode, 300 dpi, 100% in size with crop/cut/fold marks. As an example, files can be saved from Adobe PhotoShop or Corel PhotoPaint. It is not recommended to have TIF files with fonts smaller than 8pt. text for legibility. A minimum bleed of 0.25″ is suggested for all artwork, 0.5″ for box artwork.
• PDF files in Press Quality. We do accept PDF files, however they are not always accurate. Please submit with caution.
SEND US FILES via computer OR mail your files on disc (include all logos, photos and fonts [.OTF or .TTF] necessary).
• For a 20″x20″ game board print the artwork live area should be 19.75″x19.75″ for bi-fold (STYLE 2) or quad-fold (STYLE 1). For a 30″x20″ game board print the artwork live area should be 29.75″x19.75″ for 6-fold (STYLE 3).
• For a 10.5″x10.5″x3″ box, the artwork live area should be 16.5″x16.5″ (STYLE 1 or (STYLE 3).
• For a 20.5″x10.5″x1.25″ box, the artwork live area should be 23″x13″ (STYLE 2).
We are printing your files and it is expected that you have checked all submitted files for color accuracy. A home printer can look very different than a CMYK driver printer. Additionally, we are using ink jet type printers that may shift in color, and change over time (a few months.) For prototype printing we are not responsible for color settings and/or inaccurate colors from either your end or ours. Manufacturing colors will be accurate to the file settings and are not a problem.
HOW TO CUT & MOUNT YOUR PRINT
When you are ready to cut your print, use the crop marks as your guide. Place a long straight edge from one side of the print to the other, then cut with a sharp utility blade (use caution as to not cut yourself!) by sliding the blade the entire length of the print while pressing the straight edge firmly the entire time you are cutting. Leave the edge of the paper to ensure that all crop marks will be there for alignment. Repeat for all sides. For boxes, you can leave the extra to hold the print more securely.
When you are ready to mount your print, we recommend you Order Spray Adhesive or let us mount it for you.
On the label side of the game board, you may wish to remove the thin plastic lamination by peeling it away with your fingernail. This is not necessary, however, it will help prevent any bubbles that may appear and it will help your print to adhere better to the board.
Spray the adhesive onto the back of the print following the directions for the adhesive. Then mount on the board, using 2 people if possible, aligning the all corners. Once the print is on the board, place a blank piece of paper over the board (to protect your print surface), then rub the print firmly with a designers squeegee (see picture to the right, click to see a larger image), or use a credit card. Place a heavy, flat item on the board to prevent warping from the glue. Allow the print to dry 1 day before folding a game board. For boxes, you may fold and wrap the print immediately.