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We were doing a final art review for a nice custom print project today and our print manager wanted to give the customer a heads-up about the lineweight of one of the design elements.
The logo at the bottom (P) has some lines that are a little thinner than I like to run at a minimum. In this case, we may get away with it since if it prints less than perfect, it will still generally look like the logo and should probably appear OK. But I thought it should be mentioned.
Thanks for sending over the feedback. I think we'll go for it. Less than perfect always looks more authentic :)- Kat
I couldn't have said it better myself.
Whether it's the big proposal, the first touch with a customer, family photos that will be treasured forever, or an event that has to be 'just right', we know you've got a lot riding on Guided's custom print products. We strive to nail every detail, but when it comes to printing on recycled material there are some limits.
When spot printing we recommend using a line weight of .75 points or higher so that the ink stands out nicely on the kraft chipboard. Occasionally we will push it down to .50 pts, but only in consultation with the customer.
Using Live Paint groups can be an incredibly expressive and intuitive way to create your artwork, but because intersecting elements act as if they are on the same flat surface your final art will not be ready for screen printing without a few quick tweaks.
Live Paint in Illustrator (Object => Live Paint => Make) is an alternate mode of creating and editing objects which some people find more accessible because it disguises the underlying vectors being generated. With Live Paint, intersecting path form regions that can be converted to groups and edited and filled in a way that mimics natural media paintings or image editing programs... almost like filling in a pencil sketch with watercolors.