Published on December 8th, 2013 | by Dylan Lott1
How To: Get Tour Laminates Made for Cheap
If you’re going on tour, you’re going to need some tour laminates. It sounds “rockstar” but even in DIY tours, you’ll get heckled by venue security if you can’t immediately prove you’re with the band. I thought laminates were stupid, too, until I was harassed by a security guy at the back door of a venue for about 5 minutes until the promoter came and gave me the okay. Ever since then, it’s just easier to have a laminate on hand.
With that being said, here’s the cheapest way to do it that I’ve yet done, and it can be done from start to finish in a day (provided you have the artwork ready) so it can be good if you’re on a tight schedule.
1) Get your laminate designed
If you had a designer do the tour flyer, request to have them make you a laminate design as well that says something like “All Access Pass” or “Band Member” or whatever you want it to say.
Have it designed to 2.875 x 4.75 (This is the standard tour laminate size that I’ve always used).
You can download our laminate template here for your personal use or so you can send your designer the exact dimensions and sizes you want made.
ProTip: Make sure to keep all vital information and text at least 1/8th of an inch away from all edges. This will prevent it from getting cut off during the printing and lamination process. It sucks when the first number of every tour date gets cut off.
2) Take a trip
Go down to the local print shop (support your local business!) and see if they offer cardstock printing and laminating services. They more than likely do. On the chance that they don’t offer it, go to a FedEx or an OfficeMax in your area. They both usually have printing areas in their stores where you can get all of the necessary services done.
3) Tell them what you want and send them your artwork
Make sure you send them your artwork in the appropriate file type. I like to send my artwork along as a Photoshop .PSD file, but sometimes they can’t accept that, so make sure you’re sending them the right file.
4) Cut corners
If they don’t offer a “rounded corner” product, then you’ll have to take off your diapers and get a pair of scissors to round off the corners yourself. It’s not really a big deal, I just don’t mind paying the extra $.10 to have them do it for you. I always mess up and cut too deep into the laminate when I do it.
5) Hole punch that bad boy
After you’ve rounded the corners off, use a hole punch to punch through it and put a keyring on it. You can find cheap keyrings at Wal Mart, and I’m dead serious when I say that one of the most important things you can have on the road is a good carabiner with some useful tools on it such as a drum key, a guitar string winder, a multi-tool, etc… and of course, your laminate should be on there as well.
Hope this was of use to some, and stay safe out on the road.
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