You have two options for personalisation - either we set your artwork for you in one of the fonts listed below (Option 1), or you can send us a file with your own artwork (Option 2).
An ideal choice if you don't have a particular font you want to use. We set out your artwork with any of the fonts below. If you use this option, there is no extra set up charge.
A week before production we will email you with a PDF proof so you can approve the design / layout and spelling. Once we have an emailed confirmation of your approval we will get to work. It’s as simple as that!
Please ensure that all artwork sent follows the guidelines below.
Illustrator: How to convert text to outlines
Photoshop: How to convert an image to a vector
Photoshop: How to convert text into a vector
If your artwork contains very fine details it may require a brass die instead of a magnesium one. Unfortunately brass dies are more expensive and we will quote for this separately.
Send your artwork and positioning diagram to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Lastly, but very importantly. If we have to do any remedial work on the artwork you send us, there will be a charge based on £60.00 p/hour. Just send it exactly as above and we'll be good to go!!
Once we receive either your instructions as per option 1. or your logo as per option 2. we make a metal die of either your name or your artwork (as per the picture below). The price of getting a die made is £50. This is where the main expense of your personalisation is, but once we have made it, we can use it again and again. The stamping charge tends to be £20 for either blind deboss or foiling.
We attach the die to the hot plate of a stamping machine and either blind deboss or foil the logo onto the surface of your box, portfolio or album.
Blind deboss creates a deep impression in the material or the leather without using a coloured foil. You are just left with an impressed image.
Worth noting is that if you are using a fine and small typeface, your name will not stand out as well as if it were foiled.
Hot foil stamping creates a lighter impression in the material or the leather with a coloured or metallic foil.
Combining large foiled areas with small type can sometimes be very difficult to foil, so we might suggest that you consider UV printing to achieve the best result.
A plaque, or recess, cut into the cover of your portfolio or box which can then be personalised. There is no limit to the size or colour of the plaque (other than the size of the stamping) and it can be placed anywhere you like.
A bit of added impact to your presentation portfolio or box. Your name or logo is foiled or debossed onto your portfolio cover, but appears through a cut out window.
A recess only is when we just leave a recessed space into which a card can be glued. The two advantages of an inlay is that on the one hand, it is cost effective and on the other, being a printed card, you are not limited by colour, design or size. It can be as big as you want or alternatively, you can also just place a business card in the recess.
If you are looking for a full colour personalisation in a variety of places then UV printing is the best method of customising your portfolio or box. UV Printing uses a large flat-bed multi colour ink jet system to print. As there are no dies involved, the size of the logo can be as big or small and in as many places, as you like. Please note though, it is an image printed onto your portfolio and as such may not be as sharp and vibrant as a foiled logo.