Stamp/UV Print/Laser Etch/Inkscape

Designing your Stamp
Prepare the project with a program that will allow you to create a vector file (Adobe Illustrator, Corel, Inkscape). 

Keep these in mind when designing your stamp:

  • file format: .AI, .CDR, .SVG, or .PDF
  • text changed to curves
  • lines closed/connected

The maximum size of the long edge of the stamp is 12cm. The preferable width is 8cm and height up to 5cm. When designing your stamp, make sure it is not outlined but a full object.

 

Designing your UV Print
This technology is available on most leatherettes and textiles. The color of the UV Print has been matched to the color of the material. The UV Print is printed on the cover of your product. Your UV Print should be designed in Corel or Illustrator or any other vector graphics editor like Inkscape.

Keep these in mind when designing your UV Print:

  • file format: .AI, .CDR, or .SVG
  • text changed to curves
  • lines closed/connected
  • If you would like a project executed by one of our graphic designers, please contact us with the details.

How large can my UV Print be?

Your UV Print can be any size, as long as it fits on your product. We suggest leaving a 1,5cm safe area around the edges of the cover of your product. For example, for a 30x30 album, you would be able to create a UV Print of 28,5x28,5, at maximum. In the case of a UV Print on a USB, the largest print available is 3,7cmx1,5cm.

 

Designing your Laser Etch
This technology cuts away the primary layer of leatherette or textile leaving the layer underneath exposed. Your Laser Etch should be designed in Corel or Illustrator or any other vector graphics editor like Inkscape.

Keep these in mind when designing your Laser Etch:

  • file format: .AI, .CDR, or .SVG
  • text changed to curves
  • lines closed/connected
  • If you would like a project executed by one of our graphic designers, please contact us with the details.

How large can my Laser Etch be?

Your Laser Etch can be any size, as long as it fits on your product. We suggest leaving a 1,5cm safe area around the edges of the cover of your product. For example, for a 30x30 album, you would be able to create a Laser Etch of 28,5x28,5, at maximum. In the case of a Laser Etch on a USB, the largest print available is 3,7cmx1,5cm.

 

Inkscape Tutorial (converting to a vector file)

Your Laser Etch, UV Print or Stamp can be made only using a vector file. Raster graphics - .jpg and .tiff files cannot be used to make your Laser Etch, UV Print, or Stamp.

How do I convert my .jpg or .tiff file to a vector file?
You can do so in Corel or Illustrator or any other vector graphics editor like Inkscape. Inkscape is a free vector graphics editor.
We've prepared a short tutorial for you on how to use this program.

 

1. Download and install the program. Make sure you choose the covert OS version.

 

2. Start the program and select the correct size of your document compatible with the size of the product you have chosen. To do so, go to: File -> Document Properties.

 

3. Import your file. Go to File -> Import and choose the file you want to convert to a Stamp, UV Print or Laser Etch and click Open

The imported file will show up in your document.

 

4. Convert your bitmap into vectors. Go to Path -> Trace Bitmap.  You can use the default settings or you can change them to fit your preferences. All elements of your Stamp, UV Print or Laser Etch should be black. 

 

5. If need be, you may change your graphic using option Edit paths by nodes  (this can be accessed by selecting F2 on your keyboard).

 

6. Position the Stamp, UV Print, or Laser Etch in the correct place - the place you want it to appear on your product. Delete the raster file (.jpg file). Please note that the size of the document mirrors the size of the product. Your UV Print or Laser Etch can be any size, as long as it fits on your product. There is a margin of 1,5 cm (the safe area). For a 30x30 album, the laser etch would need to be 28,5cm  x 28,5cm to fit on the whole cover. 

 

7. Save your file as a pdf (shift + ctrl + s). Select Covert text to paths in the Text output options. The rest of the settings should be kept as default.

Your project is ready.