If you want your foam board to be cut into a specific shape, follow these steps to set it up using design software like Adobe Illustrator.
Step 1: Set Up Your Design File
Before creating your print file, establish your design file. In your layer panel, create two layers – name the top one 'Cut contour' for your custom shape and the second one 'Artwork' for your design.
Step 2: Create Your Design
Design your artwork, considering the custom-cut shape you desire. Extend background elements over the cutting line, and avoid placing important text or images at the very edge due to a 5mm cutting tolerance.
Step 3: Set Up a Spot Color
In the Swatch panel, create a new colour named 'Cut contour' (case sensitive). Change the colour type to 'Spot Color' and set magenta to 100%. This colour will be used for the custom cut line.
Step 4: Create the Custom Cut Line
Using the new spot colour, create the cutting line as a stroke with a thickness of 0.25pt. Avoid sharp corners for a better finish, and ensure the cut line is a single, continuous line without breaks.
Under the Attributes menu, make sure that you tick the 'Overprint Stroke' tab. This will ensure that the magenta line will not be printed on your board.
Step 5: Export Your File
Review your design and, once satisfied, export your file as a PDF for printing. We recommend using PDF/X-4:2010 for the best results, as it maintains the spot colour information needed for cutting.
Step 6: Upload Your PDF
Upload the PDF file with your custom design when placing your order. We'll use this file to cut your foam board into the desired shape.