Design Instructions: Spot
Colour Disc Printing (200+ Units)
You Begin: The production assets you supply to us are
deemed to be in final form. This means you have checked them
thoroughly and confirm they are ready-to-manufacture without
the need for modifications.
accept vector based (line-art) graphics for silkscreen
printing artwork. Please use either Adobe Illustrator or
Adobe Indesign. Photoshop files will not be accepted.
Free fully functioning 30 day trials of these programs can
be downloaded from adobe.com
You designs must be supplied on the
appropriate Precision Disc
We can not accept the templates from other manufacturers or
‘home made’ templates. Commonly used design logos are
Proofs and Proofing:
It's important that you fully
understand what proofing options
are available to you, what each option includes and
involves, and what the limitations may be.
Basic Design Rules:
artwork must be supplied in vector (line-art) form. Unless
you are experienced with designing for silkscreen print do
bitmap images in your design (for instructions
please contact us).
Your design must be properly colour separated using your
Layer Menu. For example: Let's say you are creating a two
design using PMS 101C Yellow and PMS 107C Blue. Dedicate two layers
in your Layer Menu for these two colours. All of the
design elements that will print as PMS 101C goes in one of those
two layers, and all of the design elements being printed PMS
107C will go in the other layer (see Image #1 below).
All design elements must be specified with the appropriate
colour value from the Pantone Solid Coated "C" colour menu.
Always allow 1/8” (3mm) of bleed past the finished edges of
your design (see Image #1 below).
Don't crowd the edges with text - using a margin of no less
than 1/8" (3mm) is generally recommended.
Do not add trapping to your design layers - our pre-press
personnel will add trapping where necessary.
Do not use transparencies, gradients, drop-shadows or
anything less than 100% solid colour unless you are
designing for silkscreen print (the finished print will not
resemble the smooth and consistent image you see on your
monitor). If using less than 100% solid colour, the tonal range
must be between 15% and 85%
● Minimum recommended type size for
dark coloured lettering on a light coloured background: 5
● Minimum recommended type size
for light coloured lettering on a dark coloured background:
● For best print results do not
use fonts with thin/fine strokes for small text (especially
when using light text on a dark background).
Image #1: The red
circles in the design template represent the maximum
printable area, but your design must 'bleed' or extend past
circles by at least 1/8" (which is represented by the blue
When Your Disc Design Is Completed
STEP 1 - Covert Text To Outlines
To avoid font substitution errors
please convert all of your text into 'outlines'. In the
image shown below the word "Text" on the left has not been
outlined, and the word "Text" on the right has been
Illustrator and Indesign: Select all text, go to your Menu Bar, select
'Type' and then select 'Create Outlines'.
STEP 2 - Turn Off The Template
When you have finished your design
please turn off the "Template" layer in your Layer Menu
(after doing so, the template's red circles and blue circles
should have disappeared). The "Registration Mark" in the
center of the template must remain visible - do not cover
it, delete it or turn that layer off.
In the image shown below, the Template layer has been turned
off but the Registration Mark layer is clearly visible. This
is how we want you to supply the file.
STEP 3 - Saving Your Design
You must save your design as a high
resolution PDF file. Please name your artwork file with your
order number and the product name. For example: 32543_CD.pdf
your Menu Bar select "File", then "Save As" and then select
the PDF file format. A dialogue box will then appear (see
example shown below) and in the "Adobe PDF Preset" field you
select the "High Quality Print" option. Then click "Save
STEP 4 - Artwork instructions for
your disc packaging products are