Everything you need to know about creating art for foiling

The team we have built up here at our company has become widely recognised for their skill in supplying clients with high calibre foiling services. There are numerous reasons why someone would seek us out, but regardless of what they are, we work towards the same standards whenever we’re given a job. Fully equipped and incredibly versatile, there aren’t too many requests that we’re unable to fulfil.

Whilst designing art for foiling, one of the most critical things you need to remember is that it must be generated in vector as opposed to raster/bitmap. This is because the artwork is output on your films with a resolution that exceeds 2k dots for every inch.

It’s normally the case that high-resolution bitmap art stands at 300 dots per inch. This would lead to a die that has barbed end sections, which often causes the final product to look awful. Vector art however possesses no resolution; it’s comprised of mathematical curves and lines, both of which can be lowered or increased without influencing your resolution.

A second point you must remember, which just so happens to be as crucial as the first, is that you’re only allowed to use 100% values. It’s not possible to make a gradient using foils, nor can you do shading. All you can do is white and black with no greys. The reason why is that the film output only includes white and black, meaning that greys are output as dot decorations. This won’t make a usable die.

At Foiling Services, the applications our decorated sheets can be utilised for are very diverse, and include wall cladding, engraving, and decor panels. Having worked on behalf of various industries in the past on all sorts of projects, there isn’t much that we cannot do for our customers.

If there is something we can help you with, please give us a call. We can advise you regarding your artwork and the specific service you need.