Our digital cutter uses spot colors to determine how to cut/crease/punch/kisscut your art.
Remember to assign the stroke as "overfill stroke" in your attributes pallet so that artwork underneath will still print and you don't get thin white lines in your final product.
Digital die cutting is basically an Exact-o blade that's controlled by a machine.
We use special colors on the artwork to help the machine determine what to cut/crease/punch/kiss-cut.
Read on to learn what that means and how to set up in Illustrator and InDesign.
If you don't use either, then we suggest learning either one - it's worth it.
Crease - It's a channel that is pressed into card stock to make it easy to fold. Think of the lines that you see at the fold of a greeting card.
Kiss-cut - This is a cut half way into the sheet. This is typically used for labels. Think of those cool sticker sheets that you can peel individual stickers off of.
Punch - This is like a Thru-cut but it's used in reference to punching out holes or intricate designs within a bigger piece. Typically anything within this cut will be discarded.
Thru-cut - This cuts a shape out of a piece of paper. Anything outside the cut will be discarded.
These instructions are designed for illustrator or indesign users. If you don't currently use one of these two programs then learn them lol. It's so worth it if you're planning to design
This shows you how to cut out a circle within your art.
Here's a link to the artwork samples. You can follow along with the files in the link.
Uncheck the box "Thru-cut". If your artwork was set up correctly, no white line will show up.
If it's done incorrectly, a white line will show up and you will likely see it in the final product.
When you uncheck the box for the spot color "Thru-cut" the dark circle should disappear and there should be no white line.
This is important so that we print all the artwork that is underneath.
If you see a white line in your artwork, you will likely also see that in the final product.