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Metallic business cards are specialty pieces that give you a high-quality look and feel. We carry two types of metallic (on this page); our Anyfoil metallic effect (that makes any color metallic), or our metallic inks (a more genuine feel, but only available in certain colors). No matter which style you choose, you’ll be sure to have one of the most impressive business cards you’ve ever seen. And in the paragraphs below we’ll break down the pros and cons of each and why you should choose one or the other.
It’s best to choose our Anyfoil effect if you need flexibility in your design. This is because gradients (in particular), photos, and other complex elements can all be made to have some metallic characteristics. You’ll really be able to light up a design without too much planning or effort. But there’s a catch. Anyfoil doesn’t have a texture, so no foil-like feel or embossing and stamping. You should also consider that lighter colors turn out better and more “metallicky” than darker colors.
If you want a more genuine metallic effect, then choose our… genuine metallic effects. These aren’t the embossed foils or stamps, but they give the feel of a smooth metallic shell. However, you have to use the set colors and the portrayals on-screen may not be exact. This also rules out using them as gradients or on photos. These are strictly for solid designs like lettering.
Designs for either of these effects are pretty easy. First, you’ll have to make your initial design. Then, in a separate file, you’ll need to create the pattern that you want the effect applied to in 100% black ink. So if you want gold lettering, then despite whatever you have in your print design your foil file with being of the same size and shape, but with a 100% black design where the foil will be. So in this case you would place black lettering exactly where you want the foil to go and leave the rest of the area blank.
You may upload your artwork or email us files or links to your art files. The important thing is simply to get your artwork files to us. We do not require you to do it in any particular manner. All artwork is reviewed for accuracy and quality by trained personnel prior to printing. Artwork will be proofed with you if necessary, if we need your input, or if you request a proof.