Now that you’ve placed your custom game order, the next step is to upload your files for our prepress experts to review. But how do you know if your files are designed correctly? The following guidelines will help you make sure the files of your various game components are set up as accurately as possible.
The margins, recommended image resolution, and color requirements for each printed component (instructions, cards, tokens, etc) are the same as they are for book pages. They also experience the same production variances and can be up to 1/8″ off-center on some copies.
Each face of each card should be its own file. Ideally, the whole deck would be submitted as one multipage PDF with each face of each card on its own page. If individual image files such as JPEGs or TIFs work better, though, then we can accept those as well. If the cards share a common back then you can include just one copy of that artwork, but otherwise any card duplicates should have the same number of files/PDF pages that they will in the final printed deck. This ensures that our vendors will print the appropriate number of each card without any confusion.
If your dice will be custom engraved, then please send each face as a separate vector file. Engraved lines should have a minimum width of 0.3mm and should be at least 2mm away from the edge of the dice.
You can send files for punch-out tokens or tiles either as one page of art for the whole punch-out board with the tokens still in place or as individual files for each separate token or tile (similar to playing cards). For both methods, please include two versions: one with just the art for printing and one with the trim and bleed lines around each token or tile. Our vendors will use this second file as reference to make sure they are cut correctly during production.
If you have a preference on how your game board will fold, please include two versions* of the art file: one with just the art for printing and one with the cut/fold lines on top of the image. The lines that will just fold should be solid, and the line(s) that will actually be cut (for boards that fold more than once) should be dotted. Our vendors will use this second file as reference to make sure the boards are properly assembled.
Tuck boxes should be submitted in two versions. The first file should just have the artwork correctly sized for the printed box, and the second file should be exactly the same except with the box fold lines still on top of the art. Our vendors will use this second file as reference to make sure the art lines up correctly, and they'll use the first file for printing.
Much like tuck boxes, two piece boxes should be submitted in two files. The first file should just have the artwork correctly sized for the printed box and the second file should be exactly the same except with the box fold lines still on top of the art.
As mentioned above, some components (like boxes or punch-out tokens) should be submitted both with and without fold lines. Below is an example of a hexagon punch-out token; the file on the left is just the artwork that will be used for printing, and the file on the right is the reference file with the trim and bleed lines.