Foil stamping, adding spot colors, maybe a varnish? The best way to get on your printer’s good side is properly setting them up to make the prepress process easier. Here are the steps to properly set up your indesign file.
Overprint is when you print additional material on top of an item already containing a printed layer.
We created file with type you wish to create an overprint of. (You can do this tutorial with type or an object you have created in Indesign)
In this file we want our type to be gold foil stamped.
1. Create the swatch that will represent your stamp/spot/varnish.
You can do this by clicking on your swatches in the workspace of Indesign then clicking on the menu options and selecting New Color Swatch…
Note that we named the swatch as well as made it a spot color. This makes it easier for your printer to prep the file for printing.
2. Apply the new swatch to the type/object you wish to overprint.
Make sure your overlay is on it’s own separate layer. This makes the prepress processes for the pressman much easier and decreases the chance of errors substantially!
3. Open Attributes Panel.
Window > Output > Attributes
It should look like this:
4. Select your text/object that will be overprinted.
Highlight the text (select the object) and click on “Overprint Fill” (and/or “Overprint Stroke” if applicable) in the Attributes panel.
5. Turn on Overprint Preview.
View > Overprint Preview
This will simulate what the item will look like with the overprint.
As you can tell from the above image my foil stamp looks drastically different now that Indesign is simulating the overprint.
There you have it! Keep in mind this is only one way to set a file up to overprint.
Kasandra graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design with a Bachelor’s in Fine Arts in Illustration. As the first employee of FGS she has taken on many roles which include; sales, design, production management and customer service. On her days off she spends most of her time focusing on her path as an Illustrator which can sometimes include traveling across the country to sell at events.