Tips and tricksTips and tricks

  • Design templates

With your order you will receive a ‘HAPPY template’, as well as a document ‘layout guidelines’, specific to the product of your choice. Make sure the designer of the artwork gets these. 

  • Save your artwork as an Illustrator file (.ai)

Deliver the filled-in HAPPY template as an Adobe Illustrator CS6 vector-file that is completely print ready. Do not send in a pdf, we need an original .ai file. 

  • Artwork check and corrections

The HAPPY designer checks costless if your artwork meets our ‘layout guidelines’. If the supplied document is fine, your order will be ready within the agreed deadline. If your artwork is not completely ok, we will notify you by email. You can then provide once a new document free of charge. If this new document does not yet meet the technical printing requirements, you pay € 35 per new version. For more info:

  • Printing on foam 

Foam is flexible material with an open-cell structure thus the ink reacts differently than on paper. Details smaller than 2 mm in your layout partly disappear and will not be visible after printing on the foam. Always print your artwork on paper to check how it looks. If the text or small details are barely readable/visible on paper, they will certainly not be readable/visible on foam. 

  • Minimum font size 6 pt

Use larger font size for clear messages. Absolute minimum font size is 6 pt, depending on the specific font used. 

  • Font to outlines

Transform the text in your artwork to outlines to prevent lay-out changes. We don't have all possible fonts in our possession.

  • In case of an all-over-print:
    • bleed of 3 mm: foresee a 3 mm bleed, overlapping the cutting lines.
    • avoid large one-coloured surfaces, to prevent stripes when printed
  • 2 mm positioning tolerance
We need 2 mm between different coloured lines/objects as position tolerance. Since each colour is printed separately, they might shift maximum 2 mm left, right, up and down from each other during production. This means also that when two colours have to be printed with an overlap, the overlapped section will have another colour intensity. This is in particular the case when printing a light colour (eg. green) over another colour (eg. red)*.


ILLUSTRATOR TEMPLATE - common mistakes

  • Artwork send in as pdf, instead of as .ai. 
  • Artwork not placed on our illustrator template.
  • Artwork not placed in the right illustrator layer 'add your artwork'.
  • Artwork divided over several files. 
  • Layers of the template and info deleted (eg BL number).
  • Unnecessary clipping masks due the use of other programs or old versions of Illustrator. 
  • Elements of the template (eg, coloured print area or toe straps) processed in the artwork in the 'add your artwork' layer, which are not removable due to a clipping mask.  
  • Artworks not placed directly in the ai file, but with linked files. 

PRINTABLE AREA - common mistakes

  • Artwork not placed and centered on the printable areas. 
  • No bleed of 3 mm with an all-over print.

TEXT AND FONT - common mistakes

  • Text size smaller than the minimum of 6 pt
  • Text not in outlines and font not included. 


  • Details smaller than 2 mm used in the design
  • Different coloured lines and colours positioned closer to each other as 2 mm (only a problem with screen print)

FLIP FLOP LOGO CUT-OUT - common mistakes

  • inside of all letters and symbols (o, a, b, d, e, r, p, q, g, &, ...) not cleared
  • less than 0,4 cm between all cutting lines: between and in letters/symbols:
    • opening at the e, a, s, c, g, G, &
    • dot of the i
    • legs of the x, v, w, k, y, n, m, u, f, h

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