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 11 different foil types and 4 Gloss-Press™ textures.
Gold, Rose Gold, Silver, Glittery Gold, Glittery Silver, Black, Bronze, Blue, and Red, Pink (new!) and Purple (new!)
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.
Minted now offers 4 different textures as part of our new Gloss-Press™ assortment: Iridescent Pearl, Pure White, Pink Gloss (new!), and Blue Gloss (new!).
Only some of these textures are 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. See more in-depth examples of each texture & guidelines below.
- 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 except white, 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.
NEW! Pink and Blue Gloss
- Both Pink and Blue Gloss are translucent and should only be used on white backgrounds, very light backgrounds (total CMYK value should be 20% or less), or photos.* It should not overlap any dark design elements.
- We do not recommend using either of these gloss types for designs with finely detailed foil elements.
- Note: the provided texture files are .pngs (not .jpegs) and have been set to automatically show the transparency of these gloss types to reflect the final printed product as close as possible. Please do not adjust the opacity or add any effects to this texture in your files.
* We realize that customer photos can vary and gloss elements may end up overlapping darker areas of photos. We are considering adding a call-out within our customizer to make customers aware of this.
Designing with Foil & Gloss-Press™
- Colorways: We recently enabled the ability for customers to pair any foil type with any available colorway (or "color theme"). See an example below. Because of this, we require that colorways vary in something other than just foil or gloss texture so we are not launching "duplicate" colorways for a design.
For Foil-Press designs, we encourage artists to try to use a different foil texture for each colorway. This will allow for each colorway to display with a different "default" foil texture, however customers can then select another foil type to pair with that color theme if they'd like.
For Gloss-Press™ designs, since there are only 2 available gloss textures, artists will need to repeat textures across colorways. See an example below. Please just ensure any designs that repeat in gloss texture vary in CMYK elements.
In the example above, an artist could submit 2 colorways using the Iridescent Pearl texture (where the background must stay white, but the text color can be changed), and then the remaining colorways with the Pure White texture (with differing background colors).
- 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)
- Pink : coming soon!
- Blue : coming soon!
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!