Frequently Asked Questions
What is a bleed on a printed product?
What are crop marks?
What is debossing?
What is embossing?
What is foil stamping?
What are pantone colors?
What is pilling?
Pilling is a surface defect of textiles that cause a tangled ball of fibers to appear on the surface. These “pills” occur as a result of wear or continued friction/rubbing on the surface of the fabric. Many modern manufacturing processes exist to help prevent this from happening, and some fabrics are specifically designed to avoid it.
What is raster art?
What is the safe area for printing?
When designing a printed product, it’s important to remember that part of the manufacturing process involves cutting. As such, it’s important to plan your design in such a way that important elements are not in danger of being cut off in this process.
With this in mind, we suggest that all designs have 1/8″ margin (as well as 1/16″ bleeds where applicable) between the planned edge of the printed product and the important aspects of the design. This ensures that things like your logo or important dates, for example, are safely in the printed area and won’t be cut off during production.
What is a setup charge?
When buying (or being quoted on) promotional products, you may have noticed a line item called “setup charge.” This is not just a random fee to get you to pay more. Rather, it’s a one-time charge for the cost of setting up the equipment to manufacture your order. For example, certain products require a special plate with your design in order to create your customized items. The setup fee is what you pay for that plate and the labor required to use it or create it.
Each individual promotional product has a different required process to create it, so unfortunately we can’t just include a one-fits-all fee for all products. Thus, the setup charge will vary from product to product, and some will not have a fee at all. However, regardless of the product we do our best to ensure the fee is fair for all parties involved.
What is a sublimation?
What is vector art?