File Mask Overview

When you order business cards with Spot UV, Foil Stamping, or Embossing, we need your help in determining where on your card to place these treatments. To do this, you’ll need to send us 1 or 2 additional files via the “Design File Extra” field on the upload form. These are called “mask” files.

For spot UV, in most cases you’ll only need to create and send us 1 additional (i.e., mask) file.  The only time we require 2 mask files for spot UV is if you ordered our Luxury Business Cards and opted to place the spot UV treatment on both sides. In this case, we will need 1 mask file for the front, and 1 for the back.

Your mask files(s) should be in black & white only, with the black areas in 100% black (K) representing where you’d like the enhancement to be placed, almost like a template over your artwork. Anywhere white will not be foiled, embossed, or treated with spot UV. For example, if you’d like your logo to have spot UV, your mask file will consist of a white background with your logo on it, in black, in the same location the logo appears on your actual artwork file.

An example of this is shown in Figure 1 and 2.

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Special Instructions for Foil and Embossed Cards

All foiling and embossing is done “blind,” meaning after the cut, so it may shift up to an 1/8th of an inch. Please compensate for this on your artwork and keep art simple. Do not align artwork against or under the embossing or foiling due to this shift. Avoid using thin fonts and thin lines. Certain point sizes may not register (recommended minimum 10pts or above depending on font).

We suggest you keep your extra enhancements to one or two. Keep the two well separated and on one side of the card. If you have any questions at all,  please do not hesitate to contact us for technical support.

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Special Instructions for Perforation and Scoring

We do scoring and perforations at customer request. A perforation is a series of small holes done to a sheet of paper so that a section can tear easily over a straight line. You may have one perforation done on any one product.

A score is a crease made in a sheet made of a heavy stock paper to eliminate cracking and to facilitate a straight and accurate fold. You may have up to two scores done on any one product. The scores can not be in different directions and must run parallel to each other. There must also be a minimum of 1.5″ distance between each score.

For both scoring and perforation, please be aware that a slight shift in the score or perforation line may happen during the process (up to an 1/8″). Artwork that is exactly lining up against these lines is not recommended due to this limitation.

When uploading artwork with scoring or perforation, do not put instructions on the artwork or they may get printed. To set up a perforation or scoring instruction, please send us a copy of the front artwork faded out by 50%, with a dashed line added where you want the score or perforation to be. Please put in bold red over the dashed line PERF or SCORE. You may send the instruction file via the upload form, or send it to files@nexcards.com.