- What’s a template and how are they used with Templi?
Templates allow you to visualize where the printing & cutting will occur on press. By using them to layout your artwork, you have greater control over the print outcome, plus the ability to design custom backgrounds. Below are five steps and some tips to help save you a ton of time.
- Download the template from the art upload box.
- Open using Adobe Illustrator®.
- Layout your artwork using the marginal lines as a guide.
- Hide the Templi layer in your ‘Layers’ panel.
- Save as a PDF and upload to Templi.
Tip 1: Only use vector artwork for logos and backgrounds.
Tip 2: Check the top right corner of the template guide to see if you should use Spot colors or CMYK for your print color setup. Make sure to use the correct color pallet and avoid using RGB colors.
Tip 3: When applying art onto curved templates - click the art, then go to: Object > Envelope Distort. Try different percentages until you can match the curvature guides.
Tip 4: When using text in your designs - click on the text box, then go to: Type > Create Outlines. This will convert your font into vector artwork so that your fonts are set as print ready artwork.
- What is the best type of file use with Templi?
Once you download the Templi template, please use vector based artwork and ensure that all type is converted to outlines. Once you've hidden the Templi layer, simply save the file as is and upload as the native Adobe Illustrator file. You can also upload as a PDF if you wish, but just make sure the Templi layer is hidden.
- How do I make sure my artwork will print clearly?
A reason your art would not print clearly is if you are using rasterized artwork within your design. It’s best to only use vector based art with type converted to outlines. But fear not, our art experts will carefully inspect your artwork to make sure your designs are setup for success. We will contact you immediately if we see any room for improvements.
- Why is the template grid showing up in the 3D rendering?
This is probably because the Templi layer was not hidden. No worries, simply go back into the template design and go to the Layers section within Adobe Illustrator. Then click on the ‘eye’ icon next to the Templi Layer to hide it. Then save and re-upload to Templi.
- What if my art color doesn’t look right on the screen?
It’s important to keep in mind that all digital screens will show color slightly differently, so exact color matching is not possible. By specifying the print colors in the Templi interface and within your template, you can avoid any confusion.
- What are Pantone colors?
The Pantone Matching System (PMS) assigns universal numbers to colors so your identity print colors can remain consistent throughout all branding touch points. PMS or ‘Spot’ colors are crucial tools in branding and graphic design to ensure uniformity.
- What is CMYK printing?
CMYK is a combination of four colors; Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black. By using these four print colors, you can create any amount of color combinations by using only four plates or by using toner. CMYK is often best used for full color designs or to print images within your design.
- Can Templi help set up my designs?
Once your designs are submitted, the Templi team will carefully inspect your artwork. In very short order, we can see what, if anything, can be improved. You can take our suggestions and make the improvements on your own, or it may be possible we can make those changes for you. We will always send you a final PDF proof for approval before we print your order.