Morph FX

A Morph effect “plays” the transformation of subject A into subject B by way of a series of intermediate transition frames.

Typical examples are:

  • Face 1 to Face 2
  • Body 1 to Body 2

Design tips

No. of Images to Use

Morphing elements should:

For best results:

Artwork setup

Offset Printing
Inkjet Poster

File colour mode:

Colour: CMYK

B&W: Gray


File colour profile:

Colour: U.S Web Coated (SWOP) v2

B&W: Dot Gain 20%

Adobe RGB (1998)

File colour channels:

Colour: CMYK only

B&W: Gray

RGB only

File resolution:

300 ppi

200-300 ppi

File type:



Image safe area:

3 mm inside trims

10 mm inside trims

Document bleed:

3 mm beyond trims

10 mm beyond trims

Custom shape:

Knife layer or file

Knife layer or file

Rich black (small area):

C 40 M 0 Y 0 K 100

Rich black (large area):

C 60 M 40 Y 40 K 100

Max. total ink coverage

Colour: 300%

B&W: 100%


Outlined or embedded

Min. size 12 pt (75 LPI)

Min. size 10 pt (100 LPI)


Outlined or embedded

Photoshop File
  1. Clearly label layers.
  2. Elements which morph should not be flattened with underlying layers.
  3. We require at least a three layer Photoshop (PSD) file with each “bookend” element of the Morph to appear on its own transparent layer, and a 3rd layer for typically a common background. We will generate the in-between series of morphing frames.
  4. Rasterize text or include fonts.
  5. If applicable, the backside print design is to be supplied as a separate high resolution PDF, Indesign, or Illustrator file.
  6. Supply Zipped.