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    What is Sleek Foil?

    Foil Printing:

    Zazzle's innovative technology allows us to create one-off designs with sleeked foil, making your designs shine and shimmer! Sleeking is an on-demand foil stamping solution for short-run digital applications, allowing for custom one-off designs. Digital printing has been taken to a whole new level with the sleeking effect. 

    Greeting cards are the perfect product to start designing with sleek foil in mind because, not only is it one of our top products, it’s a product that looks great with foil and it’s so giftable! 

    Product Information: 

    The outside of the card will be the only place that can be printed in foil, while the inside is printed in full CMYK colour.

    Design Tool Tips:

    Creating foil cards will be similar to the current rubber stamp and laser-etched technology. You will need to import your image to the design tool and then choose a filter and the contrast. 

    In most cases, if you upload an image to a foil design area and set the filter to etched, etched inverted or dot, the image will appear in the design tool with those halftone filters as expected. However, if you resize that image larger so that it drops below 150 PPI, it will change to a greyscale image in the design tool only and you will get the standard resolution warning that your image may be blurry. (If you resize a small image in a non-foil CYMK design area, the same resolution warning will happen too). 

    A customer can still purchase a design that shows greyscale, but the design will not be able to be published without correcting the resolution warning, by either resizing the image so that it is not stretched, or uploading a higher resolution image. 

    Please note that there may be some cases where the image you have applied a halftone filter to appears in greyscale in the design tool without the resolution warning appearing, in which case you can publish the design. This will generally only happen on the largest design areas. Also, please note that even though the image may appear as greyscale in the design tool, it will actually be converted to the halftone filter you selected on the final printed product. As long as the greyscale image looks good in the design tool, the halftone filter printed on the final product should look good as well. We strongly recommend, however, that you resize any greyscale images until they convert back to halftone or upload an image of higher resolution.

    Creator Attribution:

    We are also including both Zazzle and creator attribution on these new sleek foil cards. Please note, as a creator you will not be able to turn off the attribution; only a customer will be able to do so.

    Design Tips/Inspiration:

    Foil is PERFECT for holiday designs, but don’t limit yourself there. Some other popular use cases include:

    • Greeting cards
    • Thank you cards
    • Folded stationery note cards
    • “Will You Be My Bridesmaid” Cards
    • Wedding Programs (YES, GOLD!!!)
    • And so much more!

    Some designs we also think look good for this product include (but are not limited to!):

    • Text based cards / typography
    • Fun, quirky vector designs
    • Designs that pop on the paper
    • Photography that plays with the different filters and paper types

    Design Now: 

    Standard (12.7 cm x 17.8 cm):
    Small (10.8 cm x 14 cm):
    Mini (8.9 cm x 12.7 cm):


    Make sure you check out our Zazzle Chat, where Monica and Matt discuss how Zazzle is the only site that allows you to upload an image and see what it looks like as foil in real time.