Instructions for Best Use of Our Templates
Here at Print and Play, we do our very best to ensure a good looking, quality product. Since we are a small company that caters to single prints and prototype games, everything we do is hand made to some degree. We have provided some help below on making sure your product looks as professional as possible!
Templates & Proper Alignment
In order to make sure your work is properly aligned to our production standards, load the relevant template into your image editing software first (Photoshop, Gimp, ArtRage, etc…). Then, place your assets (images and graphics) on the template following the appropriate formatting guidelines. Be sure to include designs for the front and back of each component, as appropriate for your project.
To help you receive a high quality result, we STRONGLY advise at least 2mm of bleed on all our products and up to 6mm of bleed on some of our large products. Bleed ensures a quality product even if slight variations occur during manufacture. What is bleed you ask? Bleed is an extension of any background artwork beyond a cut line or border.
All printers have a very slight print shift when printing a file.
The document being printed needs to be printed on a larger sheet of paper so the printer can print the full document without having to worry about shifting. Since the printer prints on a larger sheet of paper, the paper needs to be cut to the proper dimension of the file. Incorrectly designed files, including files that do not allow for full bleed, will delay an order.
Using Our Templates: Color Standard
- Green is our safe color. All images or text within the green will be safe and preserved to your final product.
- Blue is our cut line. This is the intended border or edge of your card, counter, board, etc.
- Red is suggested bleed. Anything between the red and green may or may not end up in the final product.
Make sure to remove all of these layers, Especially the cut lines before uploading!
–DON’T Add a white border as the “bleed” of the design. Bleed has to be part of the design. If the full bleed area is white, then the final print might have a white sliver on the edges after printing. If your background is completely white, this however, is acceptable.
–DON’T Put text/important icons outside the safety area. Anything outside of the safe area risks being cut off during production.
-DO Extend whatever edge art/background color you have all the way to the OUTER Edge of the bleed.
Some components have separate front & back templates which are downloaded/uploaded separately. Each file is labeled/named “FRONT” and “BACK” appropriately so this will be obvious. If you download one, don’t forget the other.
OK, Ready? Get the Templates You Need and Get Started!
We have templates in Adobe Illustrator (AI), Adobe Photoshop (PSD), PDF and JPG format. The links below (mobile) or in the sidebar (laptop) are the next step in learning how to have us best make that game component.