I'm trying to create a gift card in Illustrator. When I initally create new document under "File", I set the width to 3.5" and height 2.25" and the top, bottom, left and right bleed to .125". There wasn't an option to preset the radius of corners for the gift card. The gift card appears square in the document like a business card. How do I create the rounded corners of gift card in Adobe Illustrator CS5 (PC)? Lastly how far do I inset the dash line where text (or QR code) will be positioned? I wish to be able to save gift card document as a template for future projects.
You need to talk to your service bureau how a dieline for round corners needs to be set up (if it is needed at all). Normally it's just a line in an appropriately named spot color and set to overprinting.
Same goes for the inset: talk to the service bureau.
I am confused by exactly what you mean by service bureau. I'm trying to create the rounded corner effect for gift card. Because currently the corners of my gift card document appear squared similar to a business card. How far do I inset the dash line with the rounded corners?
I'm trying to create a gift card template in Adobe Illustrator CS5. When I initially set the width, height and bleed in the new document window and everything appears square like a business card after I click "Ok". I'm trying to create the rounded corner effect and the dash line so the art work and text aren't cut off when the gift cards are printed by whichever company I choose to print them. I'm looking for more helpful answer.
Well, those folks use different machines and workflows, so you need to adapt your workflow to theirs.
You cannot set up round corners in Illustrators document. You need to create a dieline instead. And if you need a dashed line, just use the stroke panel. But again: this cannot be created via the document setup. You first need to draw a line.
here is a video you obviously have no production experience and there is no reason not to help you understand it all. The shape of the card is punched out with what is called a die it is a thin piece of metal which is shaped as a rectaangle with the round corners. it simply cuts off the sqaure edges but the document setup from the New Document dialog is correct do not worry about the square corners once you create the dieline the die will cut off those corbners.
In the case of credit or gift cards they are plastic and then have perhaps a casted die. If it is not being printed as a plastic card then you can make the corners any radius you wish.
In any event when you bring the file to the printer explain what you have done and how you have named the dieline and if they have a different prtocol they will fix it. Not to worry.
Watch the video
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I tried to follow along on the video explanation or tutorial you provide but I have a 15.5" monitor so I could not completely see what you're trying to explain because you had the document window's zoom increased beyond 100%. It was hard to follow along. I contacted one gift card company and they sent me an Illustrator template.ai but I do not know how to make the template as a non-printing layer in AI to use as a guide to make my gift card. Every printing company's gift card template is different, so this is why I've not chosen a company yet to print the gift cards once the design is finish. The gift cards will be pvc/laminated plastic.
Double click on the layer in an area of that layer which is not occupied by info to the right of name.
this dialog appears check Template if it is not already selected and that automatically makesi non printing but you can not work on that layer.
You can also uncheck printing the layer will not print but you cans ill work on it.
Hrre is the rounded rectangle tool.
select the rounded rectangle tool and double click on the document (artbaord ) to bring up the dialog and enter te dimensions of the card and the radius corners.
Now you us ehe align panel or the align icons in the control panel to align the rounded rectangle to your artboard using he option to align to artboard.
Now the video shoul have filled your screen unless ou are using a low resolution for your monitor.
Bu more important you should read help files about creating documents using the various tools and the various panels and either take a course in using Illustrator or read some books on the subject.
The Real World Illustrator book by Mordy Goldin is a good one.
But it is going to very frustrating if you have noi working knowledge of the application.