Custom Print Process

Download the art template PDF. Open the art template in Illustrator and place your artwork in the file.

If you are not capable of working within Adobe products now worries - just have your logo ready.

Either upload your artwork on the product page before you add your item to the cart. As an alternative, you can always email your art to art@guided.com referencing your order number and we will match it up there.

Once we have your art, we will match it up with your order number and create a digital proof.  We will email this to the email address on the order with all the related information like colors, estimated ship date, quantity etc.  From there we will wait for your approval via email and then we will get going.

Please be advised that shipping transit times are not included in 'production times'.  If you have a specific timeline you are working against, please reach out to info@guided.com to confirm.  Production times on product pages are estimates only and may vary.

Screen Printing

Screen printing is the process of pushing ink through a mesh screen / stencil. The process has very few limits on what surfaces can be used to print on - in our case we print on paper, board and corrugated items.

It is an art of sorts which include ink mixing, art manipulation, picking the appropriate screen types and finally registration (where ink is being placed relative to other inks or parts of the form). Many folks view screen printing as old-school or hipster, but for our purposes it’s great for the materials we print on!

When all else fails - think about screen printing in terms of screen printing on shirts.  It’s basically the same.  Each color is an additional pass.

We color match to the Pantone Standard Color Matching System - Uncoated.  Each color printed should have a corresponding color.

You can also provide colors in CMYK and we will do our best to convert to the appropriate color and commjnicate that back through proofing.

White is a great color to print on the brown kraft recycled chipboard and recycled corrugated cardboard.

Outline your fonts and save a path so we can accurately produce them.

Save your design in a scalable vector format such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PDF or EPS.

When spot printing we recommend using a line weight of 1.0 points or higher so that the ink stands out nicely on the kraft chipboard. Occasionally we will push it down to .75 pts, but only in consultation with the customer.

And of course, leaving insufficient space between design elements can also be tricky. 1.0 pts. is really as low as you'll want to go between lines to ensure that the ink doesn't run in the fibers of the chipboard. Going any closer may result in a 'smudged' appearance.

The max art area we are able to print per color / per pass is 26" x 18".  If the art is larger then this we have to 2-pass the art which results in the addition of an additional color cost (i.e. going from a 1 color job to a 2 color even though it could still be the same color).

When printing front and back even if it's the same color it is a 2 color job.  Each color is considered per side.  So if the same color is printed front and back (Inside and outside) it is considered two passes.

This applies to mailer boxes, notebooks, and single disc CD sleeves as examples.

It does not apply to binders printed front, back and spine because we print with the cover laid flat.  The same thing with our presentation folders.

• Print photo-quality images
• Bleed edge-to-edge across the product
• Print over the score marks, or
• Print over debossing on our products.

Foil Stamping

Also known as foil application, Foil stamping is an offset print technique  typically a commercial printing process. It is the application of metallic or pigmented foil on to a solid surface by application of a heated die onto foil, making it permanently adhere to the surface below leaving the design of the die.

With foils we are unable to do perfect matches to pantone or CMYK colors.  We have house golds, silvers, coppers, whites and blacks that are what you would expect them to be.  Outside of that we do our best to match a pantone or CMYK called out which usually is sufficient considering foil colors change directionally and with different lights because of their finish.

Generally speaking we choose 'metalic foils' which means they are fully opaque.  In terms of finish we generally choose satin which does have some reflective properties.

Outline your fonts and save a path so we can accurately produce them.

Save your design in a scalable vector format such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe PDF or EPS.

When foil stamping we recommend using a line weight of 1.0 points or higher so that the ink stands out nicely. For negative spaces we recommend greater then 1 pt line width.

Compared to other spot print methods, it is important make lines big enough because while you are transfering foil color to a material, you are also striking the material and creating a slight depression (deboss).

The max foil stamp size per pass/color is: 5" x 8" or up to 10" per any side for a total of 40 square inches.  Sizes bigger then this will result in multiple pass / colors and cost.

One of the unique characteristics of foil stamping is that not only do we transfer color to a material through the pressure from the copper foil die and heat, we also create depth from that pressure with a slight deboss (depth dependent on material).

We use deep-etched copper foil dies for all of our foil stamping which creates what believe is an added richness through this deboss.