How to use our Artwork Templates
So, you’ve chosen your product and now you’re getting ready to take care of design. Before you get started with creating your artwork, don’t forget to download the artwork template.
It’s a fool proof way to create artwork to the right specification for print. It also helps you see exactly what it will look like when printed.
We’ve created this short article to help you set up your artwork perfectly first time.
Step 1: Download the template
You’ll find a downloadable template on each product page (scroll down if you need to). Templates are in InDesign – a universal application used by graphic designers.
If you have selected a double side print option, there will be two pages in the document. As shown below:
Otherwise there will just be a single page.
Step 2: Open the layers panel
In the layers panel you will see 5 or 6 layers including ‘Finishing’, ‘Messages’, ‘Visible Area (approx.)’, ‘Quiet Zone’ and ‘Artwork’. On certain templates there will also be a red layer called ‘BasketGuides’.
Get familiar with each layer, use the eye icon, on the left, to switch each layer on and off to understand which part of the template each layer refers to.
See the padlock? That means the layer is locked. You should not edit anything about these layers and should not place any artwork on them either.
This layer appears to be empty. It is the only locked layer that should be left on when saving your artwork for print.
Anything placed in the red layer will not be seen. The red areas can represent where tablets or TVs will be placed on the media stand for example. Or, on the teardrop flag it shows the area where nothing should be placed at all.
This layer will contain any information you need about the artwork template. As an example, on the tablecloth templates it will tell you where the top, front and sides of the table will be. This helps you visualise where you want your artwork to sit.
Be sure to read all the messages on the template before getting started. That way you know if there are any rules for the template.
There may also be important information shown on the message layer such as this message on the teardrop flag template ‘Red finishing line at page edge to show pole edge’. This message informs you of the flag pole position, so you know how the flag will hang.
Visible Area (approx):
The purple line on the visible area layer show the approximate position where the material will be cut. Anything that is placed on the outside of this purple line will be cut off and used as tolerance during production. Therefore, you won’t see it on your final product. Do make sure your background colour or image stretches beyond the purple line to the edge of the artboard to create some bleed.
It’s best to keep text and logos out of the quiet zone. This blue area is where you are likely to see the most distortion/stretch during production or, on the tablecloth for example, where the edges of the table are so any text or logos placed here will not be clear.
When putting your artwork together keep switching the QuietZone on and off as you are working. Having it on means you can see exactly where to place your logo, images and text, so that they will be best presented on the final product. Switching the layer off from time to time as you work will show you the overall look of your design.
Take a look at this example of the 6ft fitted tablecloth. You can clearly see where the top front and sides of the template are. The purple lines showing where the tablecloth will be folded and sewn together. The white boxes are where you should have all of your logos and information.
Below are a couple of examples where a design has been created with logos and text safely outside of the blue QuietZone.
Once the QuietZone has been switched off you can see how the whole design looks. Some of the green ink spots are within the QuietZone. That’s OK. They don’t contain text, so if they’re folded over the table, no problem.
This is the layer you should work within to create your artwork.
Step 3: Save your artwork for print
OK, so we’ve glossed over the artwork creation step here. Your designer should be familiar with that bit!
Once you’re happy with your design, switch off all the layers apart from the artwork and finishing layers. We need your artwork supplied as a high resolution pdf.
Artwork will all the layers switched on:
Artwork that is ready to print with only the Artwork and Finishing layers left on:
It’s important to remember that all guides are approximate. They are set up to the template based on finished size of the product. Due to the nature of the production method there is always going to be some movement during production. The products are all made with love and finished by hand so no two pieces will be exactly the same.