PREPPING YOUR FILES FOR PIN CREATION
IF YOU UNDERSTAND ILLUSTRATOR/PHOTOSHOP (IF NOT, JUST EMAIL US WHAT YOU’VE GOT)
- We need a real vector file to make the pins and if you can assign the proper color profiles from pantone+ solid coated, great. If not, we can get it done for you. EPS/PDF/Ai, whatever works and there’s no need to lock your layers. We’re going to dig into it anyway. In Ai, you can go in the color guides tab and add pantone+ solid coated as a color book or it’s easy just double check the choices in Ps.
- If you have fonts in your design, please select them in Ai and go to Type > Create Outlines before sending so Ai doesn’t auto swap it if we don’t have that font
- The min line thickness for a mold line is 0.1mm for soft enamel and 0.15mm for hard enamel. The min thickness of a color area that will be an enamel color and not the metal is 0.3 mm in soft or hard. If you have a cutout area in the design, to have a clean cut with no recessed metal(cut goes all the way through as a hole), it should be 2.5mm min and they suggest 3mm for the cleanest cut.
– Hey! I use photoshop and it’s pixels… 0.3mm in pixels is 0.85px at scale. You probably will have to do some math based on your PSD file(hopefully much larger than pin’s end size). Let’s say for the sake of ease that you want a 1″ pin and your file is set at 10″, that means at the scale you are working at, for the color to fit, the min space would be 8.5 px(0.85 x 10). You gotta do your own math based on your source file if in Ps, but thats how to figure it out.
If you can’t make a vector, that’s totally fine. Just send me a high res jpeg, PSD, whatever and I should be able to get it done smoothly.
- The factory uses Pantone+ Solid Coated and Pantone Pastels, so choose your colors from those Pantone group. If the closest match is ok, just let us know and we will assign the closest match and run it by you before it goes to the factory. Metallics (870s Solid Coated) and True Neons (800s Solid Coated/ 900s in Pastels) are not available. 800s/900s Neon can be color matched close in hue, but not the saturation and true neon.
- Check to make sure no colors are touching each other unless it is the key line/ outline that will be the metal you choose. There must be metal between each color. If needed, you could add a stroke around each color to separate them and that would be the metal. Check the FAQ section for an example. The colors start as a liquid, so mold lines are needed to keep colors in the right shape or else they’d bleed together.
- If you want to see your art properly with any strokes, simply size the art on your artboard in Ai and when needing to add a stroke, set it to 0.1mm/0.2mm depending on soft/hard enamel and it’ll show you proper scale. Adding a 0.1mm stroke to a 6″ design that will be a 1.25″ pin doesn’t help you see what it’ll really look like.
- The outer edge must be the metal. Since the colors are a liquid, obviously they can’t be the outer edge because they wouldn’t hold a shape.
- Suggested Pantones to mock metals with – approx tones to metals in real life
Gold: Pantone 101 C
Silver Nickel: Cool Grey 1
Black Nickel: Cool Grey 11
Copper: 7591 C – this is a weird tone. it’s not quite as dark as this and not as orange as other pantones, but this will get you close.
Brass: Pantone 100 C
Rose Gold: 7411 C
- If you’d like to speed up the process, send over with all Pantone colors, size and quantity you are looking for either on the artboard or on another one.
Information we need for your order:
- Quantity of pins
- Metal color choice (choices shown on faq and order page)
- Size of the pin(width or height/whichever is larger) For example, a pin that is 1.25″ w x 1″ tall would just be 1.25″ w in terms of what they need to know
- Soft or Hard enamel
- Colors in pin (specific Pantones if you need them)
- Add ons you want (if any) – backing cards/ back logo stamp/ specialty colors/ different rubber back color, etc
If none of this makes sense to you and you do not need very specific Pantone matches, just email us and we will get you sorted. There is no charge for us to make a vector of clean art, but if a lot of work needs to be done, there will be a charge for art time. If all you have is a photo of a drawing you did, we can have an artist re-create your art properly, but the cost depends on the intensity of the work needed. Most digital files created in art software can be converted at no charge.