Stamps are different then print media and so require different artwork preparation. Properly prepared artwork will ensure delivery of best quality stamp that makes perfect impression. Aside artwork it is important to keep in mind that stamp is a tool and result of usage of the tool depends on how well tool is being handles.
Before purchasing stamp please be sure you familiarize yourself with artwork requirement.
To begin with this has colors while we need black and white only art, but whats more important when we switch to vector view (Crt+Y in Adobe Illustrator on Windows) this same picture will look completely different and not usable for machining at all.
Reason for seeing those bunch of lines is how file was build. Artist used vector shapes with rectangular color mask for gradient. To process this logo along will take quite bit of time on our end. We call those lines vector garbage as those are not needed for laser machines and they need to be removed.
This logo should be submitted in vector view as shown below. This file needed at least Art Processing Level 2 or Level 3 in order to put it on machine
6. Soap Size, Stamp Size, Soap Weight – For production of stamps, soap weight or media weight is irrelevant. Please submit all size requirements in Inches or Millimeters. As base reference we use width (left to right) and height will be scaled proportionally. If both side proportion are given we will use bigger most logical size to scale artwork and other size will be ignored. We measure actual artwork from side to size and not the size of the stamp base plate. Once artwork size is set we add stamp plate to it which will have little extra material. If stamp is more vertical, we inscribe it to size ordered by client. If soze ordered is too small example “Home Made Soap” in one line and size given is 1/2″ which way to small to fit we can increase size a little if we think it reasonable. If we have it increase size by a lot we might need to adjust costs as stamps priced by size.
7. Dead Space Trimming
If art sides proportions are not properly ordered this makes stamp to have too much empty space, we call it dead space as it is not needed in stamp, it does not serve any useful purpose and in fact it makes it harder to use stamp as base plate can touch material and leave waveiy impression. In orders like this we will automatically remove dead space. For example, order below was places as 2×2″ stamp. When width is set to 2″ the height is about 0.75″ and renaming area is not used and not needed. White box shows area as ordered by client and rounded bounding box shows how stamp body will be cut. So red dashed area will be removed during production.
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