The foiling process begins with printing all digital elements in CMYK first; this includes photos, customizable text, background artwork, digital graphics, patterns, color blocks, etc. Once digitally printed, the foil is pressed on top of the card. Minted offers a total of 9 different foil types and 2 Gloss-Press™ textures.
Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, Glittery Gold, Glittery Silver, Black, Bronze, Blue, and Red.
Our standard textures (Gold, Rose Gold, and Silver) are available across all foil-pressed product kinds; however other foil types are currently only available on certain assortments. Please reference the Challenge PDF or your File Request email to see which foil types are available for you to submit with.
NEW! Red Foil
- Guidance on using our new Red Foil textures: Due to the difficulty of controlling color consistency among digital printers, please do not submit “red-on-red” (red foil on a digitally-printed red background, or large fields of digitally printed red alongside red foil elements). The use of smaller digitally printed red text or red digitally-printed elements is ok, as this will lessen the problematic nature of digitally printed reds that might clash with our actual red foil.
NEW! Gloss-Press™ Textures
Minted offers 2 different textures as part of our new Gloss-Press™ assortment: Iridescent Pearl and Pure White.
These textures are only available on certain assortments. Please reference the Challenge PDF or your File Request email to see if gloss is available for you to submit with. Examples:
Iridescent Pearl is translucent and should only be used on white or very light backgrounds.* It should not overlap any dark design elements.
We do not recommend using Iridescent Pearl for designs with finely detailed foil elements.
* Please keep this in mind when using photos. Iridescent foil cannot overlap photos.
Pure White is opaque and can be used on any background color, including dark or light backgrounds or design elements.
We do not recommend using Pure White for designs with finely detailed foil elements.
When selecting your background colorways for Pure White, consider pale colors such as pastel pink, blush, grey, sky blue, etc.
Designing with Foil & Gloss-Press™
- Colorways: Each colorway typically uses a different foil type in order to provide as many options to the Minted customer as possible. You are allowed to repeat foil types across colorways (ex: have two colorways that use gold foil), but we require that the color of digital elements varies in order to differentiate both colorways from one another.
- Accessories: We cannot currently accommodate foil on the following items: backers, envelope liners, envelopes, postage stamps, tags, and stickers. Please replace foil elements with solid CMYK colors on these accessories.
- Text: If you are wanting to match any customizable text with a specific foil type, feel free to use the pre-determined CMYK values provided by our Production Team below.
- Gold/Glittery Gold : (31, 38, 59, 11)
- Rose Gold : (24, 52, 50, 9)
- Silver/Glittery Silver : (28, 19, 19, 20)
- Blue : (47, 14, 15, 0)
- Bronze : (17, 54, 67, 17)
Note: We are not providing a CMYK value for Red foil, as we want to avoid potential customer complaints around the text not perfectly matching the foil when printed.
Common Registration Issues & Adjustments
- Inset foil borders
During the foiling process, it’s possible for foil elements to shift up to 1/16th of an inch in any direction. This potential should be taken into account when designing with foil! This drifting can especially cause misalignment for designs that have fine inset borders. In these designs, we encourage thicker borders that overlap edges of color.
- Aligning straight edges
Designs that create a “hard edge” between digital and foil elements are difficult to register perfectly, so we recommend adjusting the foil element to end more organically or overlap the digital elements slightly to trick the eye.
- Foiling textured elements
Textures should be removed to ensure better foil adhesion to the paper. Be cautious using textured fonts for foil elements.
*TIP! Use the direct selection tool to select and delete these small open areas to achieve a flat foil element.
- Large blocks of foil
Large areas of foil can have difficulty adhering to the paper during the foiling process, and may result in some areas of the foil flaking off. Avoid using large foil areas in your designs when possible.
- Varying weights of foil elements
All foil elements in a design are pressed at the same time with equal pressure, so it’s important to have an even weight across all foil elements to ensure the best quality of foiling for your design.
Correct File Setup
Foil elements should be combined into one compound path, using only one clipping mask to crop the foil image. Place this in the FOIL layer in your templates after following the steps below.
Expand design elements
All foil elements should be fill-only (no strokes applied). If foil elements include strokes, expand appearance to convert them to fill-only (Object > Expand).
Make a compound path
Combine multiple design elements into one compound path by using theCompound Path function in the Object menu (Object > Compound Path > Make).
Create foil clip group
Use this compound path as your clipping mask by placing the compound path above a Minted foil texture (Select compound path and foil texture > Object > Clipping Mask > Make).
Looking for more tips & tricks on setting up foil? See our Top 10 Tips for Minted Foiling on Julep!