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Name Badge Glossary

AI

AI - Adobe Illustrator is a 'Vector' based drawing program which can save artworks in AI, EPS and PDF formats.


Alteration

Any change made by the customer to artwork which has already been submitted.


Artwork

All original copy, photographs or illustrations forwarded for the purpose of being reproduced by printing.


Artwork Proof

A means of seeking approval from a customer for confirmation of artwork prior to production.  Proofs can be sent via post or by using electronic formats such as PDF or JPEG.


Badge Carrier

Badge carrier refers to the plastic substrate that the Domed Resin Print area sits in, the 'fixings' are attached to the rear of the Badge Carrier.


Bitmap

File protool which uses large amounts of pixel images.  Usually undesirable for printing because of file size and inability to separate colours for fine line printing.


Bleed

The part of an image which extends beyond the edge of the cut shape.


Camera Ready Artwork

Submitted artwork which has been prepared within the requirements of DecTek's specifications and meets the requirements of DecTek's print processes and machinery.


CDR

Coreldraw – A vector format used for the preparation of artwork.


CYMK

The four process colours - Abbreviation for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black.


Digital Print Process

Modern print technique employed by DecTek.  Includes Ink Jet, Thermal Transfer and Dye Sublimation and negates the need for screens, tooling or dies.  Also known as 'Print & Cut', using single moving planetary cutters which allow for complicated shapes and sizes while keeping down production costs.


Dots Per Inch (DPI)

The measure of resolution of scanners, display devices and output devices. e.g. Scanners, Monitors, Printers etc


EPS

Encapsulated Postscript File – An image format (usually vector) used for the preparation of artwork.


Fixings

Fixings refer to the Pin, Combi and Magnetic attachments which are placed on the reverse of the Badge Carrier.


Flat Laminate

Flat Laminate print is an alternative to Domed Resin Name Badges.  Results are achieved by covering the print area with a slightly textured laminate which 'livens' the printed image.


JPEG

'Joint Photographic Experts Group' - World-wide computer format used by DecTek to send proofs of artwork to customers prior to production. 

Most software programs are able to read JPEG which provide high definition colour images using a small amount of file space.


Metallic Print

Specialised and highly popular range of resin badges and decals produced by DecTek using modern production methods to attain mirror finish gold & silver print. 

The effect can be achieved by either printing onto gold or silver substrate material or by employing glossy print vinyls which produce a vibrant metallic effect.


Opaque

Not letting light through i.e. A colour which will not show any other colour/material through it.


Pantone

The brand name of a colour matching system produced by Pantone (Inc of the USA). A huge range of inks are specified and identified by number to produce standard results across the industry.


PDF

'Portable Document Format' - Another world-wide computer format used by DecTek to send proofs of artwork to customers prior to production. 

Small programs can be downloaded free of charge from the internet and provides a high quality colour version for approval by the customer.


Resin Dome

Resin Dome refers to the Polyurethane liquid material which coats the printed area, not only giving it a vibrant 3D appearance, but also to make it highly resilient.


RGB

Red, Green, Blue: the three colours to which the human visual system, digital cameras and computer monitors are sensitive.  A far wider colour gamut than CMYK.


Translucent

Allowing partial light through i.e. Allowing underlying colours/materials to partially influence the overlaying colour.


Variable Text

Variable Text refers to the different names, positions etc which are required to be printed alongside a default logo or design.  These need to be supplied in a spreadsheet such as Microsoft Excel.


Vector

Images which have been drawn using lines and curves as opposed to pixels (Bitmaps).


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