How to prepare your artwork for foil stamping
A great looking foil imprint starts with a crisp, clean, black and white image. Your artwork can be a graphic, a logo, typographic lettering, just text, or a combination of these elements. Artwork should not contain fine lines, gradients, drop shadows, or textures as these will not produce a desirable result.
File formats we accept: PDF, AI, EPS, PSD, JPG, JPEG, TIF, TIFF, and PNG file formats. As a general rule, we require a minimum of 300 dpi for foil stamping. See our artwork guidelines ➜
If you are unable to provide us with factory-ready art, our art department is here to help. Our experienced graphic designers can transform your art so that it comes out exactly how you envision it. Art that requires extensive cleanup may require an additional art charge.
Good logo for hot foil stamping.
Bad logo for hot foil stamping.
Metallic Foil Colors
Non-Metallic Foil Colors
Please call for availability if you require a color not listed.
How we transfer your art onto folders with hot stamping
Once your art and layout have been approved, the image is etched onto a magnesium foil stamping plate (also known as a metal die). The stamping process can now start on a specialized foil stamping press.
The foil film is unrolled and sandwiched between the magnesium plate (which has been heated to an appropriate temperature) and the blank photo folder, frame, or card. The plate and product are then pressed together. Through heat and pressure (hence the term "Hot Stamping") the thin layer of foil is transferred off the roll and onto the product.
New imprinting orders are charged a new plate and machine set-up fee. Foil stamping plates are kept on file for 2 years. If your order is repeated within that time frame, the order will only be charged the machine set-up fee.
Pricing for foil stamped photo folders, frames, and cards
All pricing is for 1 color, 1 location imprints. Foil imprint pricing details can be found on our product pages. Please review the "Personalization & Shipping Details" on those pages before ordering.
If your job requires additional colors or locations (example: logo on front cover, and text on inside window border), please call us to place your order, as additional charges will apply.
Have more questions about foil stamped photo holders?
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Learn a little more about foil stamped portrait folders
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Foil stamped photo folder gallery
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From left: PF5410-57 with metallic bright purple imprint; PF5400-46 with metallic bright gold imprint; PF5410-64 with metallic bright green imprint
PF5100-64 with metallic bright copper imprint
PF5310, from left: metallic bright gold imprint, metallic bright green imprint, metallic bright royal blue imprint
PF5400H with metallic bright silver imprint
PF5780-01 with metallic bright copper imprint
PC7034-IMP with navy blue imprint
From left: PF4526-57 with satin silver imprint; PF4519-57 with forest green imprint