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Custom Artwork Guide

Custom Artwork Guide

Updated 2021 May 7th

Artwork Requirements

Creating gorgeous wax seals starts with quality artwork. For us to engrave fine details and create a sharp image we require images submitted to follow these guidelines:

High Resolution, 300 DPI

To faithfully recreate your design in a wax seal we need a high DPI file. This will ensure your lines engraved are crisp and smooth. Lower DPI files will have a lower quality finished look. When exporting your files or receiving them from a graphic designer, make sure they are 300 DPI.

Vector File Format

Our preferred file formats are .eps, .ai, and .pdf. We will accept .jpg or .png files however, vector images will give the best results. This is because we may have to scale your artwork or convert a .jpg into a vector which can cause a loss of details.

A Dieline Around Your Image

If you require specific placement or orientation of your image provide a dieline around your artwork. To avoid being incorporated into the final engraving your dieline must be a color and not black or grey, as all artwork in black and grey will be engraved.

Proper Line Thickness

When designing artwork or converting it into a wax seal ready design you have to ensure there is a minimum line thickness. This is because lines that are too thin will not allow sealing wax to enter the stamp head. Below are our recommended minimum thickness:

Thickness Millimetres Inches Points

Minimum Line Thickness

0.25mm

0.01"

0.72pt

Lightweight Line Thickness

0.35mm

0.013"

0.9pt

Regular Line Thickness

0.515mm

0.02"

1.3pt

Best Practices

Like a brush stroke to a canvas, your design choices influence how your wax seals will look. Below are some recommendations to make sure your artwork always looks stunning.

Size

If you want to create an extremely intricate design, use size to your advantage by increasing the size of your seal to enhance fine details, and avoid line merging.

The most common adjustment we make to client artwork is the size of wax seal.

Why? Because we want your seals to be as clear as possible – and size is the biggest contributor to that! Think of size as your friend – especially if you love working with ornate calligraphy, delicate floral illustrations, or complex artwork!

The larger the seal, the more intricate detail we can capture in wax! With sizes ranging from 0.75” to 1.25”, there really is a size for every design! For custom sizes and dielines, reach out to us for a special order.

Optimal Detail For 0.75" Size

Optimal Detail For 1.0" Size

Optimal Detail For 1.25" Size

Coverage

Designs with at least 50% coverage on the brass die are less susceptible to blemishing or bubbles in your finished wax seal. If you are working with a large seal size (+1.50”) aim for at least 60-70% coverage.

Layers

Illustration techniques like shading and crosshatching will not translate the same way once pressed into wax. Instead – use layers of multi-depth engraving to create the same effect.

Layer your design using different shades of color (light gray being the faintest/shallowest engraving and dark gray/black being the deepest engraving) to create dimension!

Quick Tip: Think of your design like a pyramid – where the base layer (shallowest) is the lightest gray, the middle layer is a medium gray (mid depth engrave) and the very top of the pyramid (deepest engrave) is in black. Instead – we use layers of engraving to create the same effect.

Detail

When creating detail in your artwork, you want to avoid using cross hatching or shadowing. Lines that are too close together cause merging, and will lose detail. Aim for a balance between detailed and simplified artwork.

Process

Place Your Order

Place your order by purchasing one of our personalized products. These products include monograms, single initials, dates, and custom products.

By uploading artwork you confirm you have rights to use that image. In the event you do not, you are liable for any copyright damages.

We Optimize Your Artwork

Once you've placed your order, our engraving team will optimize your artwork to be engrave ready. If your artwork does not require any changes, we will begin making your items.

If your artwork requires changes we will send you a proof to approve your changes. When reviewing your proof you can give feedback to our engravers and 2 rounds of revisions are included.

Press the green Approve button when you are satisfied with your artwork.

  • Proofs are delivered within 1 business day
  • Our engraving team will make recommendations to optimize your artwork
  • 2 revisions are included in your purchase

Optional Services

There may be situations where you require additional services outside of our custom process. The services are outlined below. A member of our engraving team will make recommendations if these services are required.

Services Reason Price

Additional Revisions

You need more than 2 rounds of revisions.
Covers additional 5 rounds of revisions.

$25 USD

Artwork Edits

Your artwork needs to be modified to be engrave ready.
This would be for colored, hand-drawn, low resolution, or artwork edits.

$25 USD

Artwork Creation

Artisaire creates original artwork for your custom product.

$50 USD

We Make Your Items

Once you have approved your proof, we are now ready to make your products. Any timelines at checkout include our entire process, and give you an estimated delivery date.

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We Ship Your Products

After we have made your products we will ship them to you with your chosen speed. You will receive a shipping confirmation email once your items are on the way.

Making your products tends to take longer than shipping them. We like to make sure everything is absolutely perfect! If you don't receive an email from us your delivery is moving as planned and will be delivered by your estimated date at checkout.

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FAQs

Will Artisaire Change My Artwork Without My Permission?

No. If we need to make any changes to your artwork to make sure it is engrave ready we will send you a proof to confirm the changes.

Can I Request A Proof With My Order?

Yes. If you want to see a proof before we proceed with your order, please ask for a proof in the order comments box. This box is located at checkout in the shipping step.

What If My Artwork Requires Specific Placement?

You can submit a dieline around your artwork if you need specific placement on the die. Your dieline must be a color that is not black or grey, as we will engrave all black and grey lines.

Does Artisaire Offer Artwork Services?

Yes. If you have a drawing or photo you want converted to vector artwork, or need modifications to your artwork our engraving team can help. Email us at info@artisaire.com so we can assist you.

What Happens If I Don't Like My Final Product?

Our custom products are covered by our return policy. To learn more about our return policy, read here.