PVC Card Printing Specification

  1. We accept artwork in EPS, PDF, or TIFF formats.
    • Composite PS files saved in binary mode, PostScript level 2 compliant with attached fonts.
    • Composite EPS files saved in binary mode, PostScript level 2 compliant with attached fonts.
    • Composite PDF version 1.4 or 1.6.
  2. EPS files should be verified using appropriate software (GhostScript, Adobe Distiller). PDF files should be checked with Adobe Acrobat software (or alternatively, PitStop software) for errors (missing fonts, RGB elements, and ICC profiles, low-resolution images, properly applied knockout and overprint).
  3. Documents should have a specified suitable format allowing for bleeds on every side – card format (53.98 x 85.6 mm) plus bleeds (57 x 89 mm).
    • 89×57 mm – file format with bleeds
    • 86×54 mm – card format after cutting
    • 82×50 mm – “safety area,” logo, and other important details 2 mm from the cutting line.
  4. In the case of CMYK color printing, all used colors (e.g., Pantone) should be converted to process colors. You should verify if they match the colors to be used in printing. Furthermore, we do not accept elements saved in ICC, Lab, RGB, or other color spaces. You should verify if they match the colors to be used in printing.
  5. Special colors should be described.
  6. Attached photos should have suitable resolutions, not lower than 1.5 times the screen ruling (for 150 lpi – 225 dpi). Photos with a resolution of 72 dpi are not suitable for printing.
  7. When preparing projects, please use the following parameters (for Adobe Photoshop files only):
    • Black generating algorithm: GCR (Gray Component Replacement)
    • Black Generation: medium
    • Total Ink Limit (TIL) and Black Ink Limit (BIL) – TIL not exceeding 280%, BIL – 90%.
  1. The transfer curve should have the following increments of raster points (for Adobe Photoshop files only):
    • In the 40% area – 21 ± 4%
    • In the 80% area – 18 ± 4%
  2. Frames around the net area of the card, text, or images should not be placed closer than 2 mm to the edge of the card (cutting line).
  3. To achieve a rich black color in uniform color backgrounds, use C: 60%, M: 40%, Y: 0%, K: 100%.
  4. 11. It is not allowed to create text using four colors
  5. For small text (under 6 pt.) or other thin graphic elements, avoid bright text on a black background or negative texts (especially applies to serif fonts)
  6. Thin lines, grids, and other graphic elements should be done in one color. This also applies to small and medium fonts.
  7. For black texts smaller than 18 pt. on a colored background, the overprint function should be used. It is not allowed to remove the background from under such texts.
  8. Proofs should be created using technology that enables the simulation of raster points increase in offset printing. Proofs should be created after the last correction from materials sent to the printer’s office. Otherwise, it is not a reliable basis for printing.
  9. In the case of multiple colors, trapping should be used.
  10. Proof prints should be made using technology that allows the simulation of tonal value increase in offset printing. The print should be made after the last correction of materials. In another case, it is not a reliable basis for printing.
  11. The color in the finished product should match the provided sample/color proof, taking into account the limitations of the technical capabilities of machines, materials, and other factors affecting the color of the print (e.g., lamination).
  12. In the case of additional extras, such as UV selective varnish, a signature field, glittering print, hot-stamping, or holes, a separate file should be created in the 89×57 mm format (100% K) to show a preview of the extra features.