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[PINS FACTORY] Pin Design and Layout Guide
Please note that we currently only distribute Pins in Japan.
We hope to offer international sales in the near future.

Design and layout guide for Photo Etched, Stamped Hard Enamel, Imitation Hard Enamel and Soft Enamel Pins

1) When making your design please remember that a thin metallic line will exist between each color on the PIN. (It may be an idea to imagine your design as a picture in a coloring book.)

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Represents the areas of the Pin which are convex. These areas are slightly raised on the surface of the Pin.
 
Represents the areas of the Pin which are concave. These areas are slightly indented due to the pressing of the Pin.
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areas on a Pin are needed to hold and separate the various colors
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areas on a Pin can be used to create depth and character on the surface of your Pin
2) The below parameters give you a guideline when design your Pin to help ensure the closest representation of your design.  Please remember that the finished design layout may very slightly from your original design.  The metallic lines will often become slightly thicker on the finished product.

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Metallic plated line minimum width . 0.2mm approx.
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Metallic plated line (colored) minimum width . 0.5mm approx.
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Metallic colored minimum area . 1.5mm 1.5mm
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Gold plated colored letters / characters . 2mm approx. (Thin font is advised)
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Colored letters / characters . 5mm+ (Bald font is advised)
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Center holes and Cut outs  minimum size . 1mm 1mm (See below illustration)
 
 Additional charge will apply.

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3) Once your design is near completion a black and white print of your Pin will be produced. (See illustration below) This print is produced to scale and will represent the actual size and proportions of your finished Pin.

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Please remember that there are limits to comparing a paper print to an actual Pin. Operations carried out by hand when producing the die and injecting colors can lead to slight variations. (See illustration below)

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Please remember this color injecting method when arranging your black and white paper print layout to ensure that your desired design can actually physically be produced.

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4) For customers who may only be able to produce a handwritten design, PINS FACTORY offers a design trace service. Staff will trace your original handwritten design to produce a workable blueprint. A design can be traced from 5,000 yen.
Please remember that the tracing of a design will increase the production time of your Pin. So please be sure to forward your design as soon as possible.

5) Regarding color selection and requests. Please forward your selected colors quoting DIC or PANTONE color chart codes.
If you are unable to quote from DIC or PANTONE color charts please attach codes from another color chart system. and we will do our best to match your selected colors.
If you do not have access to any color charts please forward an example of the color that you desire. We suggest any printed matter such as from a magazine. We are also able to try and match your color from such items as confectionary packaging or other product labels.
 Please remember if designing your Pin on a PC that colors will often vary depending on monitor settings
 PINS FACTORY has access to CMYK color charts. Unfortunately we do not carry RGB.

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6) Customers may wish to request particular placement of the backing for your Pin.
PINS FACTORY are able to offer this service although an additional charge will apply.

If you have any further queries regarding the above information covering design layout please feel free to contact one of our friendly Client Partners.

Design and layout guide for Laser and Offset Print Pins

1) When sending data please ensure that all resolutions are greater than 350dpi.


Please remember to keep all data sent to a maximum of 5MB. If the contents is larger than 5MB data must be transferred to MO or CD-R. This may result in an extended lead time due to an increase in courier times. Please discuss this option and required schedule with one of our Client Partner staff.

2) Pins can include a metallic border outline (0.6mm min.). Please let us know if you would like this option present in your design.

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3) Customers are requested to forward selected colors by quoting DIC or PANTONE color chart codes for Laser Print Pins and CMYK for Offset Print Pins. Are staff are able to match desired colors to samples received for Offset Print Pins.

PINS FACTORY can not edit colors within a customer's design data

4) Data can also be accepted on film. However, this may result in an extended lead time due to an increase in courier times. Please discuss this option and required schedule with one of our Client Partner staff.

5) Customers may wish to request particular placement of the backing for your Pin.
PINS FACTORY are able to offer this service although an additional charge will apply.

If you have any further queries regarding the above information covering design layout please feel free to contact one of our friendly Client Partners.

Please note that we currently only distribute Pins in Japan.
We hope to offer international sales in the near future.