For Your Consideration

Typesetting
In general, larger text sizes work better than smaller texts; however, copy sizes that are too large present problems on textured stocks. Air entrapment can cause the foil not to adhere to portions of the desired area. Do not track or kern too tightly because typefaces generally appear bolder when foiled. Set type loosely and with more leading than you might ordinarily consider.

 

Solids and Fine Lines
When designing large solid areas of foil with fine detail, expect to make two passes with the press. For a quality stamp designed with intricate details, be sure the space between the lines is no less than half the thickness of the stock you are using.

 

Foils and Laser Printers
Careful consideration must be given when producing foil stamped materials intended for laser imprinting. Use caution when selecting dry, textured parchment and recycled stocks because the low adherence properties can cause the foil to release, crack, peel, or dull under the extreme heat. If in doubt, ask your foil stamper for a test sheet for you to run through the printer.

 

Registration
Consult your stamping supplier if a design calls for tight registration of foil to print, foil to foil, or UV coatings and varnishes. Do not use trapping techniques on artwork next to, or inclusive of, foils. Be aware, tight registration may also require additional production charges.