File Preparation

For best results please follow our guidelines.

File Format:

We accept the following file formats PDF, JPG and ZIP. You can upload AI, .EPS, PSD, TIF, INDD but it MUST BE CONTAINED WITHIN A ZIP FILE. Please embed or package your font and images for AI, PSD, and INDD files.

File Size:

The maximum acceptable combined file size for all uploads is 150MB (megabytes).

Resolution:

All file formats must have a minimum of 350 dpi (dot per inch) resolution.
The images designed for the web are done at a low screen resolution of 72 dpi. Print images need to be created at 350 dpi or there will be a substantial drop in the image quality.

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Color Mode:

All color artwork and/or images must be provided in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color mode.
All black & white artworks and/or images must be provided in grayscale color mode.
Heavy black ink might cause smearing.

Bleed:

What’s a bleed?

Bleed is the portion of the product that will be trimmed off when it is cut to the final size.

Why bleed?

The purpose of a bleed is to continue a color, image, or design to the edge of the product. Due to the possibility of shifting in the trimming process, a bleed is required to ensure that a white line does not show on the edges of your product.

We require ALL files to be built to the full bleed dimension specified for each trim size.

We automatically trim the bleed off of each side, which will result in the desired trim size.

For example: all business cards except for the 2″ x 3.5″ with round corners and 2.17″ x 3.35″ with round corners require a 0.1″ bleed to each dimension (or 0.05″ bleed on all four sides). Thus, a 2″ x 3.5″ business card would have a bleed size 2.1″ x 3.6″. Please visit our download templates page and design your files on these templates to ensure proper bleed.

Please build your print-ready digital files by adding the appropriate bleed to your file.

Add 0 .1″ bleed to each dimension (or 0.05″ bleed on all four sides) for the following products:

  • business cards (For the 2″ x 3.5″ with round corners and 2.17″ x 3.35″ with round corners, add 0.325″ bleed)
  • bookmarks
  • CD packages
  • postcards (For the 4″ x 6″ postcard with round corners and 5.5″ x 8.5″ postcards with round corners, add 0.325″ bleed)
  • rip business cards
  • stickers
  • table tents
  • tent cards

Add 0.125″ (1/8″) bleed to each dimension (or 0.0625″ bleed on all four sides) for the following products:

  • brochures
  • DVD packages
  • event tickets
  • door hangers
  • rack cards
  • envelopes
  • flyers
  • hang tags
  • letterhead
  • mini menus
  • notepads
  • posters
  • posters (wide)
  • banners
  • window clings
  • window decals
  • yard signs

Add 0.1875″ bleed to each dimension for roll labels (or 0.09375″ bleed on all four sides for square or rectangle roll labels).

Add 0.225″ bleed to each dimension (or 0.1125″ bleed on all four sides) for presentation folders, except for the 9″ x 12″, which has a bleed of 0.3″.

Add 0.375″ bleed to each dimension (or 0.1875″ bleed on all four sides) for booklets, calendars, and catalogs.

Crop Marks:

Please build your press-ready digital files by adding crop marks.
Lines indicating where the paper should be cut to produce the correct size.

Zones

Fonts:

a. Fonts must be embedded in PDF files.
b. Fonts must be outlined or converted to paths or curves in EPS files.
c. Some fonts have copyright restrictions and will not embed in PDF Files.

Safe Zone:

All critical elements (text, images, logos, etc.) must be kept at least 0.125″ inside the edge. Anything left close to edge may be cut off during trimming.

Borders:

Please allow 1/16″ cutting space around your card. No borders are recommended, as shifting in the cutting process may make borders appear uneven.

Spot UV Coating Digital Setup Guide

Illustrator Photoshop InDesign

 

Dimensions:

Products
Final Print Size– 350dpi
Size with Bleed – 350dpi
Business Cards Inch: 2″x3.5″
Pixels:700×1225
Inch:2.1″x3.6″
Pixels:735×1260
Postcards Inch: 4″x6″
Pixels:1400×2100
Inch:4.1″x6.1″
Pixels:1435×2135
Postcards Inch: 4.25″x5.5″
Pixels:1488×1925
Inch:4.35″x5.6″
Pixels:1522×1960
Postcards Inch: 5″x7″
Pixels:1750×2450
Inch:5.1″x7.1″
Pixels:1785×2485
Postcards Inch: 5.5″x8.5″
Pixles:1925×2975
Inch:5.6″x8.6″
Pixels:1960×3010