DIE CUTTING | NYC
Die cutting for print is the process of cutting paper into shapes other than square-cornered rectangles and squares. Publicide offers diecuts in many typical shapes such as circles, rounded rectangles, triangles and diagonal corners. Beyond that, we can die cut logos, letters, hearts, snowflakes, even ice cream cones! In addition to cutting the perimeter of the print, we can cut out of the middle too. Did you know that envelopes are die cut? It’s true – all envelopes start out as flat pieces of paper cut into an odd shape, then we fold them up and glue them together. This is the secret to printing the insides of envelopes; print flat, then diecut + convert!
Die cutting is not only great for creating shapes, it is an extremely precise type of cutting since each piece is cut individually. Our letterpresses have perfect registrations systems so each piece of paper is cut in exactly the same place. For jobs with very small artwork tolerances where any variance in the cut ruins work, we always recommend die cutting. This goes for thinly bordered business cards + invitations, as well as artwork where the knife must hit exactly on the edge of a letter or other graphic element. Extremely small items must be die cut as well, usually anything under 1.5 inches turns out better if it is diecut.
Almost all of Publicide’s custom print offerings can be diecut. Cards of all types are a popular choice for finishing with round corners or a unique shape (check out the ghost in our slideshow below!). Other diecut items include garment tags, invitations, packaging, coasters, stickers, postcards – even books can be diecut with the proper production considerations.
PRICING + PRINT PRODUCTION NOTES
Pricing for die cuts is based on quantity, paper type and the number of additional processes and machines that will be used in creating the order. More elaborate and custom print specs cost considerably more than standard orders, so it’s important to get a quote before proceeding. Production time varies with order complexity and our seasonal workload but our elastic schedule allows for very fast rush prints when required, though rush charges apply. Turnaround time is calculated from the date of PDF proof approval. If your die cutting project has a hard due-date please let us know when making your request. Email us with your design file or specs to receive a custom quote. All projects must have a custom quote number to proceed.
Some die cutting specs are available for rush service. To inquire about a rush job, please email artwork, print specifications and desired completion date ASAP to firstname.lastname@example.org. If we’re able to accommodate your schedule we will reply with pricing and additional costs for the rush. Rush printing is one of our specialties but please be aware that every moment counts in a rush print schedule. Some jobs will require additional shifts and weekend work to finish on time so the price can be significantly higher than jobs on a regular schedule.