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Ten Envelope Design & Layout Tips

10 Envelope Layout & Design Tips

To ensure the quality of your envelopes, please follow Premier Envelope's design and layout tips:

  1. Communicate With Premier Envelope Early and Often

    The more complicated or unusual your design, the more important it is for you to communicate in the concept phase while design adjustments can still be made.


  2. Use the Layout Sheet Provided

    Premier Envelope's layout sheet must be used. Place the layout sheet in the sidelay and gripper edge of the stock. (Do not centre).


  3. Use the Digital Dieline Provided

    Use Premier Envelope's digital dieline. Indicate the location of the window(s) and the bleed areas. Avoid design concepts that call for an exact register of graphics across any envelope seam or fold.


  4. Design for Overprint of Multiple Return Addresses

    If you need to overprint multiple return addresses after converting, design your envelope so the address is on the back flap and not registered to the logo or copy on the face.


  5. Provide a Mock–Up

    After your concept has been approved, send a mock up back to Premier Envelope and your mailing house and request sufficient time for Premier Envelope to approve a proof before the printer puts ink to paper.


  6. Discuss Choice of Stock

    Premier Envelope can assist in selecting paper which will deliver your creative concept and which meets all the production requirements. For converting, you want a stock that will carry a lot of ink and not show through. Premier Envelope will also help to ensure proper grain direction in the paper, which is very important to the folding process.


  7. Supply Two Proofs

    Prior to printing, please supply two proofs of the full sheet size for approval, along with the original layout from Premier Envelope. This will ensure the envelopes are printed in the best possible position for diecutting, best yield and manufacturing quality. One proof will be cut, folded and returned with the approved proof. Premier Envelope cannot assume liability if proofs are not supplied.


  8. Know Bleed Tolerance

    Envelopes with a full bleed must be printed with a 1/8” bleed off each affected edge of the blank, and cannot be printed within the gummed areas. Bleeds at the score and fold lines have a tolerance of +/– 1/8”.


  9. Print Die Marks and Registry Lines

    Die marks (small dots in the corner of the die) must be printed on all stock. Registry lines must also appear on all stock opposite the feed and jog edges. These marks must run off the sheet.


  10. Order Extra Stock for Set–Up

    The percentage of set–up will vary on special size and stock manufacturing. Standard dies require 20% overs on orders under 5000 and 10% on orders of 5000 or more. All make ready at your press can be marked "MAKE READY”. This helps provide a better yield.

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