This is a brief tutorial on how to create Die Cut wallets that you and your clients will love, hopefully it will help to explain some of the questions that you may have regarding the cropping and safe area as shown while ordering on our website. This is specifically for the 4 Die Cut wallet sheets, however the same general rules apply for the mini-die cuts.
Our Die Cut wallets are printed with 4 copies of the same image printed on a 5”x7” sheet. To prep your files to make Die Cut wallets, make sure that your image is at least 2.5” x 3.5”, with your necessary information at least ¼” from the edges of your image. (See Figure 1)
While we understand that sometimes your image goes to the edges of the file, do NOT add white space or any other color around your image to “fill in” the safety area – we will explain why further on. (See Figure 2)
Once you have prepped your file (it is not required to go into Photoshop first – we just used it as an example to help explain for customers who wish to add text or other elements on to their image) upload your image to a gallery at adoramapix.com, select the image and choose Die Cut Wallets, enter your quantity. You will then be directed to step 3: Review Crops. Your image should preview similarly to that in Figure 3.
Now, to explain how the shaded “crop area” works…
The shaded crop area DOES NOT reflect the size of the die that actually cuts your print, it is only to show the area that is guaranteed to print (See Figure 4 and 5) The die is larger and can shift ¼” in any direction – see description and Figure 5 below.
Because of how the machine we use to cut the wallets is set up, we must allow for the die shifting up to ¼” in any direction when it cuts (up, down, left or right). The part of the image that previews in Step 3 that is not shaded is the area that we guarantee WILL print, however, we cannot guarantee where in the shaded area that it will actually trim the image. (See Figure 5) Any information you need showing on the final product needs to be within the 2.25” x 3.25” safe area.
Figure 5: (A few examples of how the die could trim, the red line indicates the die size and where it could cut. It can shift anywhere within the shaded area)
This is why you cannot simply add a white or other colored border or “canvas” to your image as seen in Figure 2, because the die cuts larger than the “crop area” as shown on the website in Step 3:Review Crops, and unwanted edges will print on your finished product. (see Figure 6). If you chose to still process this way, we cannot guarantee that the border area will print with even sides for reasons shown in Figure 5 above.
The only other thing to note when ordering Die Cuts is that we cannot guarantee that each sheet will cut exactly the same way, even within a single order (see Figure 7) so by nature of the process each individual wallet will not be precisely the same.
A scan of a printed and cut sheet of Die Cut Wallets following the above guidelines:
We hope this will help you to better understand the process for making Die Cut wallets. As always if you have any other questions, please feel free to contact us 888-216-6400 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org