Tap Packaging Solutions offers design and engineering services to help you with your packaging project. Our team will help take your project to completion from any stage in the planning process. We offer design services from concept to finished art, cad, quoting, sourcing, production, packing, fullfillment, and delivery. Contact us today to discover all the possibilities of working with our team. A Tap sales or customer service representative will work with you and the design team to help with communications through all stages of project development and completion. Visit the Contact Us page to find links to our sales and sales service representatives.

Capabilities

Extensive library of folding carton diagrams produced in Cimex CAD system. Samples are created on our Mimaki sample cutter to provide near press quality samples for folding and fitting of products. Die diagrams may be provided in many formats such as DXF, AI, and PDF. The lines within these drawings must consist of stroke only. Drawings consisting of filled lines will not be accurate for cutting or sampling purposes.

Graphic Design Capabilities

Our in-house design capabilities include concept work, brochure/ad design, packaging design, logo development, art production, and other design functions. We can use pre-created elements or work with our customers to develop original art for most applications. We use and are fully conversant with the Adobe Creative Suite.

All Files Accepted

All PC & Macintosh files compatible with the Adobe Creative Suite. All Quark files through version 7. Artwork provided should be layered files, CMYK formatted and 300DPI minimum at 100% print size. This will ensure we have total control over the file output allowing the best quality to be produced.

Fonts

Fonts should be provided when native files are supplied. We cannot edit PDF’s that are supplied without font files. Open type fonts are the best solution for cross platform artwork (PC to Mac). If the fonts are not available they should be made into vector paths. Indesign and Illustrator have tools that allow font conversions. This will remove the ability to edit any text in the files so use with caution.

Color Art for Print Process

Color art may be provided in Vector or Rasterized formats. The layout should consist of a 1-up version that includes .125" bleed extending beyond the cut lines. Please include your cutting dieline in position with the color artwork (place dieline on separate layer, do not embed into artwork).

Camera Ready Art for Foil Stamping/Embossing

Camera ready art is crisp, clean art provided by the client to reproduce their logo or studio name in either a die or print process. Camera ready means it can be reproduced by scanning to a digital file without any alterations or clean up by an artist. Camera ready art may also be provided in a digital format (a high resolution scan - 1200dpi @ 100%) of line art, or created in a vector based program such as Adobe Illustrator. Photographs, faxes, gray scale scans, jpegs or other rasterized files are not acceptable for die art.

When creating text stamping art, font sizes should not be less than 10pt for smooth SBS stocks and 12pt for rough or recycled stocks. This will reduce the chance of those letters filling in during the stamping process. The style of font may also make it easier/harder to stamp. Serif fonts such as Time New Roman are more difficult to stamp compared to Sans Serif such as Arial. This can be very important when dealing with small cartons or small areas of coverage.

Embossing artwork should be reviewed prior to the order being placed. This will ensure the customer will receive the desired effect on their finished product.

Blind Emboss – The embossed area does not line up or match to any printing or stamping processes. This will generally give you the most noticeable emboss effect with words and logos on a product.

Register Emboss -  The embossed area will match to a printed or stamped logo area. Generally you will lose detail using a flat or raised round style. Adding texture or detail to the logo will greatly increase the effect.

Image Embossing – We recommend using sculpted embossing dies for detailed images. This is the most detailed and can add a sense of realism to the feel of their product.

Prepress

Our prepress team can assist in preparing production files for your customer. We can color correct and adjust color builds to help achieve the desired look on press. Our proofer is calibrated to our presses so you see what will come off the press before starting production.

Our 2 & 5 Color Heidelberg presses offer the best in printing quality. We offer a varied range of print screen resolutions and coatings to be used on projects. Traditional AM screening is offered along with Hybrid screening to enhance those deep dark shadows yet

keep the highlights clean and sharp. (Screen Platerite 8300E Javelin CTP – AM Screen (traditional dot) Max 200 LPI, FM & Hybrid Max Screen 400)

Each plate verified with IC2plate reader to ensure plate is developed properly. We use Fuji LHPJ 40” printing plates that offer extended run lengths (up to 75000+ impressions) and exceptional color balance. The Heidelberg Computer Process Control (“CPC 21”) automatically adjusts ink levels to guarantee continuous color consistency throughout the job.

Trueflow 3 RIP – Adobe Core PDF based RIP. What is a RIP? Raster Image Processing is the process of taking any form or artwork whether vector or raster and transforming into dots for printing. Any color below 100% coverage will consist of these small rows of dots to produce a printed piece.

EFI Color RIP proofing solution – Provides quality image and color control for outputting proofs to match press output.
Epson 7800 24” proofing media calibrated to match G7 color standards of Heidelberg 5 Color.
Epson 9600 42” proofing media for mockups and soft proof samples.


Communicate with the Design & Engineering Team:

Prepress@tappackagingsolutions.com

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