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High quality printed PVC Vinyl, Static Cling Vinyl, ClingZ®, Pressure-Sensitive Vinyl, Lenticular hologram images and much more.

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On-demand digital printing of exceptional quality on a variety of papers and vinyls with true variable data personalization capability.

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From simple one- and two-color business envelopes of all varieties to custom-converted, full-color envelopes — we can do it all for you!

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 Lange Graphics bases its PDF file requirements on the PDF/X-4 standards with just a few exceptions. You can create Adobe® PDF files from almost any application, using a wide variety of settings and features. But to successfully exchange those files to achieve the expected results, it helps to have a set of agreed upon parameters. The PDF/X standard, eliminates many of the color, font, and trapping variables that could cause printing problems. PDF/X makes it possible to deliver files ready for print production with the highest possible confidence that they will print as you intended.
    The quality of the final PDF file will only be as good as the quality of its source components. Ensure that the original source file contains the correct content and form, including proper image resolution, linked fonts and images. Good vector-based clip art, high quality stock images, and fonts from reliable, reputable foundries will yield higher quality output. Proof carefully for content and formatting before creating the PDF. If available, use preflight features to identify missing fonts, and unlinked or low resolution images.

Some guidelines to follow:
1. Fonts
    Adobe PDF fully supports TrueType, OpenType Multiple Master, Type 1 fonts, and most CID-encoded (double Byte) fonts. If you and your customers use high quality fonts, there should be no reason to restrict these fonts. To minimize the chance of errors when editing or printing PDF files, embed the fonts in the file. Check with the end user license agreement to avoid using fonts that are unreasonably restrictive about embedding them into the PDF.

2. Images
    Be sure to convert all RGB images to CMYK and have at least 300 resolution at the final output size. Also images that have a total ink percentage of all CMYK over 310% may cause problems at the press. Attention to these details will help to eliminate any unwanted color conversion and resolution problems at output.

3. Transparency
    In general, it is best to leave transparency unflattened in your artwork. If flattening is necessary, Lange Graphics will use the appropriate flattening resolution at output. If you choose to flatten a transparent object, select the highest quality settings, and pay special attention to spot colors that will have to be converted to CMYK.

4. Spot Colors
    In order for your file to separate correctly at output, be sure that all spot colors are set as spot and not as CMYK builds. Be sure that all PMS colors are named the same so they don’t get separated to a CMYK build.

5. Document Setup
    Documents used to create a PDF should be created as single pages and to the final trim size. Spreads are not preferred as they create problems when imposing your file. Be sure to include at least a .125” bleed, this will insure the artwork will continue off the page when it is final trimmed.

Keep in mind, using the PDF Workflow is a more efficient production workflow, but it will limit Lange’s ability to correct your file. To correct your files , you will need to furnish new PDF’s for any files that have alterations to them.

For any additional questions regarding this information, please contact our Prep department at
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Our goal is to provide you with the best product possible. Designing images for lenticular printing may vary from your typical processes. Whether you are creating illustrations, animated sequences, or using photography, special preparation may need to be considered. There are so many variables in art creation that these should be considered just basic guidelines for preparing your job for lenticular printing. Please contact us so we can discuss with you the best ideas for your project.

File types:

  • Layered Photoshop
  • Flattened TIFF
  • Layered illustrations


  • Minimum 300 DPI at actual size


  • Final size + 1/8” bleed (1” horizontal bleed if using a 3D effect)


Elements within an image are layered to give the illusion of depth and perspective.


    1. Each layer should be named with intended depth position of layer (e.g., foreground, mid, background, and so on, or background starting at 1 and numbering sequentially higher for each layer).
    2. Each layer should be provided in its entirety without holes left in areas eliminated by the foreground elements.
    3. Avoid solid color, black, and white backgrounds. Black or very dark backgrounds reduce the sense of depth. The background in a 3D print should contain some sort of image or texture.
    4. A flattened Tiff file can be used but additional time will be needed to separate the layered effects.
    5. Try to avoid placing detailed graphics on the foreground or background layers as they tend to become blurry.


Effect types can be anything from a flip (an animation that simply swaps between two images), a zoom (an image that gets progressively larger in each frame), to a motion image, which animates through a series of images.


    1. Each flip image should be an individual file or Photoshop layer.
    2. Each flip image file should be the exact same resolution, size, and color space.
    3. Avoid strong contrast between elements of the image that will change. Having elements change from black to white will cause ghosting between the images.
    4. Avoid very thin lines as they tend to break up and look pixilated underneath the lenticular lens.
    5. Text should be at least 14 point san serif.
    6. Keep the backgrounds the same (when possible) while flipping individual images or text of similar shape and color.
    7. Avoid movement that goes from one side of the design to the other.
    8. Flips work best when they are printed using a horizontally oriented lens (up and down). Vertical lenses (left to right) work but the transition between images are not as smooth.
    9. Animations can be submitted as a sequence of images (recommended), or as a movie clip file such as an HD .mov, .avi.  Low-resolution movie files will not work.
    10. Keep in mind that only about two seconds of video can be made into a lenticular piece.