How to set up files for Akuafoil Printing - MetroInk: Design.Print.Mail.Websites

How to set up files for Akuafoil Printing

With Akuafoil, you can turn a wide range of colors, into multi-colored foils. Akuafoil uses a special processed foil system that is applied under full color process to create an array of foil colors. It’s simple, affordable, and makes your prints stand out from the crowd.

For more information contact us CLICK HERE for pricing.

Here’s a look at how we create Akuafoil cards.

Normal Print File

foil 1 left How to set up files for Akuafoil PrintingWant Akuafoil Here

Akuafoil File

foil 1 right How to set up files for Akuafoil PrintingAkuafoil Goes Here

As shown above, the file on top is the normal print file. If you want the logo to be Akuafoil, then your Akuafoil mask file should look like the file on the right. The White indicates no foil and black indicates where the Akuafoil will be.  Once combined, you get awesome look right where you want it.

Here are some more things to keep in mind when creating your Akuafoil artwork:

  • - Make sure the mask and CMYK print file are aligned and match up properly.
  • - Akuafoil works best on lighter colors. The darker the CMYK color, the less the Akuafoil look.
  • - White in the CMYK file that is 100% K in the Akuafoil file will appear as plain silver Akuafoil.
  • - Do not use very thin or small text and artwork with Akuafoil… Use san serif fonts above 12 point for best results.

 

If you would like only silver Akuafoil to print, make sure to have at least 15% K in that white area. White in the CMYK file that is 100% K in the Akuafoil file will appear as plain silver Akuafoil. However, for a higher quality plain silver Akuafoil, we recommend to have at least 15% K in that white area.

AkuaFoil SilverOnly How to set up files for Akuafoil Printing

 

When creating knockouts in the Akuafoil mask or in the CMYK print file, beware there might be a “Halo” of white around the knockout area. Below are two examples… On the left, a file with a CMYK magenta background with a knockout for the Akuafoil text. On the right, a Akuafoil background with a knockout for the CMYK text.

CMYK Knockout w/Akuafoil fill

CMYK print File foil 2 left How to set up files for Akuafoil Printing

Akuafoil Knockout w/CMYK fill

CMYK print File foil 2 right How to set up files for Akuafoil Printing

Akuafoil File foil 2 left a How to set up files for Akuafoil Printing
Akuafoil File foil 2 right a How to set up files for Akuafoil Printing

These are the printed results:

CMYK Knockout W/Akuafoil Fill

foil 3 left How to set up files for Akuafoil Printing

Akuafoil Knockout w/CMYK fill

foil 3 right How to set up files for Akuafoil Printing

You can see the white “Halo” in-between the CMYK ink and the Akuafoil. To prevent this, grow/stroke the Akuafoil area in the mask by 1–2 pixels. This will allow the Akuafoil to bleed into the CMYK area, reducing the white “Halo” effect. You can also fill in the knockout with a color to reduce the effect further.

 

For more information contact us or visit our main website for Akua Foil pricing!


 

Leave a Comment





Facebook

Twitter