Fine Details - Non Printing Areas

Fine Details are elements in your artwork where the ink is actually printed. There are some areas that may fall below our minimum print tolerance, which have a specific area/gap thickness for non-printing areas of the image.

Line Thickness Non-Printing Areas: 

  • Non-Printing - Area/Gap 2 pt. or 0.02776 of an inch
  • These "negative space" areas are designated with a PINK line. The thickness of the line represents the minimum print tolerance to ensure any areas or gaps in the image do not bleed together.

Any non-printing areas/gaps that are thinner than 2 pt. will likely fill in when printed or applied. Pay close attention to text areas that may be illegible if they would fill in. 

This can be checked using the same “tolerance line” method used to check printing areas. Just adjust the stroke to 2 pts.

Correcting Thin Non-Printing Areas

There are a couple of options- the easiest is to scale the image to open up the non-printing areas. If that is not preferred, zooming in and using the direct select tool to choose specific points and adjust them to open up those areas. In the case of type, you could elect to use a font that provides larger non-printing areas, such as Helvetica or Arial type.

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