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How to create artwork

Replicat is an independent company and we can accept design files from any graphic designer, including home produced projects. We also understand that every project is different and some have complex requirements for foils, emboss, custom templates and other special finishes. We're here to help.
The great thing about being a designer and dealing with Replicat especially on digipack and wallet projects, is that we've produced literally thousands of titles with every possible variation. If you'd like advice on preparing foil separations, or the effect of higher ink spread when printing uncoated stocks, or our subjective opinion on whether to combine silver foil with matte laminate, or whether gloss laminate might be better for a better design...please just ask! We actually really enjoy talking through the different options with designers and we're fully prepared to give you our opinion and the benefit of our experience if you ask for it - either at our showroom, or on the phone with the aid of emailed photos from our extensive sample collection.
Our art specs provide clear and easy to follow instructions for you to create press ready artwork for any Replicat job.
First look at your quote PDF, which has an orange 'download spec' link next to each component. There are separate specs there for disc face, booklets, digipack and gatefold wallets - right next to the components we have quoted for you. If you don't have the quote PDF handy and it's after hours, there's a full list here 
What file format(s) are acceptable? Every printed Replicat project requires 300dpi CMYK PDF artwork files with text converted to outlines, 3mm bleed on paper parts, 3mm safe area inside cut edges and laid out (imposed) exactly as per our templates. Our most popular templates show all these in considerable detail and allow you to switch off the borders and output with reg marks in flat PDFx1a format very easily.
I don't have a designer and don't know how to produce artwork. Replicat can create the artwork to spec from your high resolution images and a name-checked, spell-checked text file containing all text and preferred fonts and layouts for$15 per panel plus $25 per disc face. This covers basic finishing and one round of alts only though - scans, detailed image work and more detailed revisions will be quoted on a per-hour basis. Contact us on 1300 727 685 and we'll run you through requirements, but it's essentially (i) allow an extra week before your artwork deadline (ii) upload those files to our dropbox, and (iii) make sure all images are 300 dpi or higher.
I do have a designer but I'm not 100% sure of the best way to create files to Replicat spec. Here's a quick how-to guide:
  1. Our PDF templates are correct to size. Open Photoshop/Illustrator. Drag the template PDF file onto the design software desktop to create the template layer.
  2. Lay out your artwork, ensuring that any background images extend at least 3mm past all borders on the template. Don't put any essential text or logos within 3mm of any outer border, or within 1mm of any inner fold line.
  3. Ensure all images are 300dpi or higher before including them in your artwork.
  4. Once complete, save your document to a safe file with a different name because once you convert to PDFx1a it flattens everything.
  5. Once ready for print, turn off the template layer and any other unwanted layers but leave any outer registration marks in the final output if possible.
  6. Output the file in PDFx1a format. Note: PDFx1a format produces a flattened single layer CMYK PDF file at 300 dpi with all text converted to outlines. It's by FAR the easiest way to convert text and images to a print ready PDF format.
  7. Name the PDFx1a file with the same name as our template and also include your album name in the file name.
  8. Upload the files to our dropbox

Do I need to include the template in my final file? If you are providing flattened images (e.g. PDFx1a files) then it's important to turn off or remove the template layer before outputting the PDFx1a file, otherwise the template will be embedded in your artwork. Don't delete or turn off the outer cross hairs and lines though (the registration marks). We'd much prefer these remained so we can accurately line up the file. Professional designers are welcome to provide two separate flattened layers however - one with the template, the other with the flattened artwork file. Just ensure that all text is converted to outlines.

That's too much to read, what's the essential? Don't forget 3mm bleed. Switch off the template layer, leave the registration marks turned on, then output everything as PDFx1a.