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Sticky Business offers graphic design services for custom labels, decals, stickers, domed labels and decals, wine labels, embossed foil seals and embossed foil anniversary seals. Our graphic designers specialize in creating print ready artwork.
We utilize a PC platform and can create or recreate any type of custom design. Our extensive software selection, typeface libraries and state-of-the-art equipment allow us to create the perfect custom label, decal or embossed seal for your unique application.
We are able to accept your existing digital artwork and prepare it for the perfect label, decal or embossed seal. Refer to our artwork specs below, for tips on sending digital files.
Just have a rough idea “in your head”? NO PROBLEM! Just fax us a sketch and our staff will prepare a draft for your approval.
Your artwork should be supplied at the finished size, with fonts converted to outlines, Pantone colors specified and reflect all applicable government regulations, if required. If you do not have graphic design capability, we offer graphic design services at very reasonable prices.
Anytime the ink extends to within 1/8″ of the edge of the label it is considered a bleed and applicable charges may apply. The space between the edge of the image and the edge of the label is the printing margin. We require the art to be set up with a 1/8″ printing margin (unless a bleed is what you want). Artwork will be automatically reduced if it is not provided with the necessary margin and a bleed is not requested.
A reverse is when the image is accomplished by the label stock color showing through the ink coverage. Many times the art bleeds off the edge of the label creating the appearance of the label stock being the color of the imprint.
When dealing with a label which involves more than one ink color, the following are some things to keep in mind:
1. The art must be color separated with the copy position and colors clearly marked with crop marks or a key line. We can normally separate artwork that does not touch or overlap.
2. The exact placement of an image is especially noticeable with successive colors as they are printed one after another to produce a complete multi-color image. With the flexographic process, our printing plates can shift 1/64″. This means that if the art is set up so that the colors are butted up against each other, the colors may gap or overlap up to 1/64″ on the final printed label.
A screen is made up of a series of dots best seen through a magnifying glass which give the ink a shaded effect. Our best flexographic line screen is 65-85 lines per inch, 20% – 80% tint and 60 degree angle.
We can create PostNet, FIM, UPC(A), UPC(E), EAN-13, EAN-8, ISBN, ISSn, Code 39, Code 25, ITF, ITF-14, Codabar and CODE 128. Please check with our art department regarding different applications, characteristics and limitations for each type of barcode. If the barcode stays the same on each label it is priced as a normal label – not a consecutive barcode label. For best scanability, the barcode should always be printed in black on white stock. If camera-ready art is supplied we cannot reduce or enlarge it.
CLEAN-UPS & MANIPULATIONS
We perform minor clean-ups at no charge. If the clean-up requires extensive work it is charged at $95 per hour with a minimum charge of $35. Art must be reviewed by Sticky Business to determine if we can perform a clean-up or manipulation. We will not perform extensive clean-ups without contacting you for permission.
DIGITAL FILES/ELECTRONIC ART
We can accept artwork by Email, large file transfer or on a disk. Contact one of our customer service representatives if you have any questions about submitting your files. The art must be set up in spot colors unless it is a full color process job. When sending a JPEG, GIF or BMP you must provide it in at least 300 dpi. However, we prefer that artwork be sent in vectored format.
Adobe Illustrator, EPS, PDF or CorelDRAW files are preferred. Please contact our art department if you wish to send data in other formats. We do not work with MS Publisher files.