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Foil Stamping Setup Guide

Foil Stamp Setup Guide

Follow along with our foil stamping setup guide to learn how to correctly prepare your files for printing with PrintNinja.

The image to the right shows how your final cover will look with the foil stamp applied. The “Foil Stamp Guide” text will be foil stamped, while the black background and the PrintNinja logo will be printed.

PrintNinja can foil stamp solid shapes and lines. Soft edges or gradients cannot be foil stamped. It is generally recommended that foil stamp artwork have a  minimum stroke width of at least .25mm and at least .25mm spacing between foil stamp elements to avoid plugging. That being said, please always reach out to your account manager or prepress manager to confirm your artwork will apply correctly without any necessary adjustments. Please see below for an image example to help clarify:

Foilstamp minimum

If you have specific questions, please contact your account manager.

Foil Stamp File Submission Guidelines


To add foil stamped details to your cover, you will need to submit two unique versions of your cover artwork file. Both should be sized correctly according to our cover guides.

Cover File #1: A full-color file that contains all content (images and text) on your cover that will be printed, not foil stamped. The foil stamping process is applied after your cover is printed. Any printed elements under the foil stamped area will not be visible.


Cover File #2: A single-color file that contains only the foil stamped area in solid black.

In the image below, note that only the foil stamped area is included in this file. For accurate results, the printed area must align perfectly with the foil stamped area.

Click here for a PDF download example of print-ready foil stamp artwork based on the above examples.

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