Preparing Files


For best results please follow our guidelines.

FILE FORMAT: We accept the following file formats: TIF, TIFF, JPG, JPEG, EPS, PNG and PDF.

 

RESOLUTION: All file formats must have a minimum of 300 dpi (dots 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 300 dpi or there will be a substantial drop in the image quality.

300 DPI

300 dpi

72 DPI

72 dpi

 

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: Please build your press-ready digital files by adding 0.125" dimension all the way around. We require ALL files to be built to the full bleed dimension specified for each trim size. We automatically trim 0.125" off each edge, which will result in the desired trim size. Simply add 0.25 to the overall dimension of your digital layout.

Example: a 5"x7" file would have a bleed size of 5.25"x7.25". What's a 'bleed'? It is the portion of the printed product that will be trimmed off when 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 card.

 

Safe Zone: All critical elements (text, logos, images, etc.) should be kept inside safe zone. Anything left outside the Safe Zone may be cut off during trimming. Trimming Edge: Please allow 0.125" cutting tolerance around your card. We recommend no borders due to shifting in the cutting process; borders may appear uneven.

 

Bleed: 1/8" all around. Sizes: Final size: 3.5"x2" With Bleeds: 3.75"x2.25"

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. d. Quark Express: Fonts and images must be included with all files submitted (Mac only).

 

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 0.125" cutting tolerance around your card. We recommend no borders due to shifting in the cutting process; borders may appear uneven.