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Board printing suggestions?

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I've unfortunately designed my current prototype game at rediculous dimensions and I'm having a hard time figuring out how I should print and matte it. I had originally planned to use a single-fold style board for this game, but I'm not sure if I'll be able to find a box matching those dimensions.


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The board is still being produced, so please forgive my unfinished artwork. The dimesions are 25.2" x 15.6" at 300dpi.

Does anyone have suggestions as to how I could fold this, resize, or arrange it so that it would fit into some sort of box after it is printed? I can't make my hex's too small or they wont work with the game pieces. Here is a close-up of the hexes.

Any suggestions would be really appreciated. Thanks!

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Board printing suggestions?

The board looks great. I think you can fold it in three vertical strips and get a reasonable size for the folded board, about a legal sheet size. I don'y think you'll have too much trouble with that size.

If you can reduce the size just a little bit, you might make it fit the 410077 from PaperMart (15x9.5x2). Look for kraft apparel box.

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Board printing suggestions?

Thanks a lot. I'll test out resizing and see how it looks a bit smaller. If the box is 15" wide, is 14.5" too large for the graphic, or do you think the board's bleed will be under .25" per side?

Thanks,
aloneone

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You'll have to check if the 15" of the box is an external or internal measure. I guess its the external size of the top of the box, and the interior of the bottom (where the board has to fit) has to be a bit smaller than that.

14 1/2" sounds about good for the finished board. The size of the image will depend on how the board is build. If the image is pasted on a cardboard and trimmed, then you'll need about 1/8" of bleeding area. If the back of the board is wrapped and then the image is pasted on the front, then the image has to be smaller, and it will be trimmed before it is mounted on the board. You'll still need about 1/8" of bleeding area, but the finished image will be around 14 1/4" for a 14 1/2" board.

Hope this helps,

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Board printing suggestions?

Great job on the artwork!

Are you looking to make a few of these games (for yourself and friends or to send to publishers) or enough to sell? For a shorter run (as few as one), it's really not that hard to make your own set-up box in whatever size you need. here's the link.

As for the board, you can go a bunch of different ways. You could even go quad-fold if you want. It would be close to the size of the Alea boxes (think Puerto Rico): 8.5 x 12.0625. Your board would be roughly 12.875 x 8.0625.

As for mounting the artwork, you can go a few different ways depending on the box size that you want. You can do a fully wrapped board where the backing wraps onto the front to cover the edges of the board. In that case, you would go with a bleed between the edge of the artwork and the edge of the board. Anywhere from 1/8" to 1/4" would work fine.

Alternatively, you could do an exposed edge board. To do that, print the artwork larger than the board with crop marks intact. Affix to the board and then trim everything (artwork+board) to the finished artwork dimensions. That way you could make the board smaller if you had to without reducing the dimensions of the artwork. Doing an exposed edge board works best when you use illustration board (or some other kind of board with a black or colored core) so that the exposed edge doesn't look like chipboard...but the difference is minimal.

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