Mask files are used as templates to show where you would like to have a special feature such as stamped foil or spot UV printed.

How to Set Up Mask Files for Printing

Products including unique features like Spot UV, Raised Spot UV, Stamped Foil, Inline Foil, or White Ink all requirements for the feature layer to be set up as a mask file. Not familiar with Spot UV, no worries,  find out more here.

When placing an order for a product that requires a mask file, you must include a 100%K (Black) template file along with your regular print file.  This mask file is used as a template to show where the feature will be printed on the product. White areas of the mask file indicate that the element should not be printed on that area. For the best results, we recommend submitting your mask file as a vector file.

Business Card with Spot Gloss

The above graphic shows a 100%K mask file, print file, and an image of the printed cards. These cards feature the Honey Hive logo in black stamped foil. The logo is set up in a separate mask file from the print file. This indicates to the printer that part of the cards should be printed in black stamped foil instead of ink. The placement of the logo in the center of the mask file, lets the printer know the exact location in which the stamped foil should be printed.

If you have any questions when setting up your mask file, please contact our amazing customer service team. They are always happy to assist! You can also watch out tutorial walking you through the process on how to set up your mask file.

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