thin foil is the perfect way to add some pizazz to your design. It comes in various widths and strengths, making it suitable for a wide range of applications.
How to Use Foil
The first thing you should know about foil is that it requires a lot of pressure. The larger the area being foiled, the more pressure it needs. This can make it difficult to foil large blocks of material, such as a path 2” x 3”.
To avoid this, don’t mix large areas of foil with fine detail on the same die. It’s far better to have separate dies for the two.
Create your artwork in vector, not bitmap/raster
When you’re designing for foil, it’s important to create the art in a vector format. This will ensure that you don’t get jagged edges on your foiling die, which is what can happen if the art is created in bitmap/raster.
What to Choose for Your Foil:
The type of glue you’ll use on your foil is really important. You can’t have a glue that doesn’t stick well or one that pulls off too much foil. You also don’t want a glue that isn’t easy to release, because that will cause the foil to come off your backing roll too easily.
Finally, don’t forget to include a registration mark in your foil art that is repeated on your printed sheet. This will help to ensure that the foil is registering to your sheet and won’t have any jagged edges on it, which can make it look bad and clog up your press.