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File Help - Guidelines for artwork submission & ordering.

 
Get File Design
1. Get Start File 2. Design 3. Submit Artwork

Please follow our step-by-step guidelines on how to prepare your artwork (files). To view a guide, simply select the program you plan to use from the list below.


Download Start File:
 
Adobe Illustrator Adobe Photoshop
Adobe InDesign Adobe PageMaker
Macromedia Fireworks Macromedia Freehand
Corel Draw Microsoft Word
(Must email file)

Quick Specs:
 
Product Final Size Bleed Size Resolution to Submit (300dpi)
Business Card
(89mm x 53mm)
3.5" x 2.083" 1/16" 3.622" x 2.2" 1087 x 660 px
4 x 6 Postcard
(101.6mm x 152.4mm)
6" x 4" 1/8" 6.25" x 4.25" 1875 x 1275 px
5½ x 8½ Postcard
(139.7mm x 215.9mm)
8.5" x 5.5" 1/16" 8.627" x 5.627" 2588 x 1688 px
8½ x 11 Letterhead
(215.9mm x 279mm)
8.5" x 11" 1/16" 8.627" x 11.127" 2588 x 3338 px
A4 Letterhead
(210mm x 297mm)
8.27" x 11.69" 1/16 8.397" x 11.817" 2519 x 3545 px
8½ x 11 Brochure
(215.9mm x 279mm)
11" x 8.5" 1/16" 11.127" x 8.627" 3338 x 2588 px
A4 Brochure
(210mm x 297mm)
8.27" x 11.69" 1/16 11.817" x 8.397" 3545 x 2519 px
DL Envelope
(220mm x 110mm)
8.58" x 4.38" 1/8" 8.83" x 4.63" 2649 x 1389 px
9.5 x 4.5 Envelope
(241.3mm x 114.3mm)
9.5" x 4.5" 1/8" 9.75" x 4.75 " 2925 x 1425 px
C5 Envelope
(162mm x 229mm)
6.38" x 9" 1/8" 6.63" x 9.25 " 1989 x 2775 px
4¼ x 5½ Greeting Card
(107.95mm x 139.7mm)
4.25" x 5.5" 1/16" 8.627" x 5.627" 2588 x 1688 px
5½ x 8½ Greeting Card
(139.7mm x 215.9mm)
5.5" x 8.5" 1/16" 11.127" x 8.627" 3338 x 2588 px
Information
• Your Final Product will be this size
• 1/16" - 1/8" is trimmed from the uploaded file, depending on the product.
• The safe zone is 1/16" inside the file product size.

• Size of trim. • Your upload file should be this size
• Image should extend all the way to the edge.
• Make sure all text is inside the
safe zone.

You May Try our Online Print Ordering  

Our simple online system will help you create your business card or postcard in minutes. Just choose from thousands of template backgrounds, edit your text, and place your order.


Basic Instruction For Artwork Submission
 
Step 1. Download/Create a Start File
  Click here to get our Ready-to-Design Start File.
Save the file to your computer and double click it to launch the program.
Step 2. Create Your Design.

A. Safe Zone
Ensure to keep all text and important image(s) inside the designated red safe zone to ensure your information will not be cut. Click here for more information about our guidelines.

B. Common Mistakes
Click here to check our examples of incorrect submissions to ensure your design is ready for upload.
Step 3. File Submission
 

Once your design is checked and finalized, you are ready to submit your file to us. Be sure to check the low-resolution previews and follow the simple instructions to finish and approve your order. Print or write down your invoice number in case there is any need to contact us regarding your order.


Business Card Artwork Measurements And Cutting Guidelines
  Click image enlarge view

If you set your artwork up correctly, you will be happy with the finished business cards. We have set everything in millimeters because of their ease of explaining. The finished card size is 2 1/16 x 3 1/6 inches.

The above diagram illustrates how you should make your artwork 1.5mm (1/6") bigger all the way around to allow for bleed.

If you are new to printing then this page is very important for you to learn about 'bleed'. If you have a photo or image covering the entire background of your card, then you must pay very particular attention to how your artwork is set up to ensure that you do not get white lines around the edges of your card.

If you want something to go to the edge of your card, like a photo, a line or a logo perhaps, then you must run it over the edge of the card by an EXTRA 1.5mm (1/16"). This is called bleed. This 1.5mm (1/16")is trimmed off after printing ensuring that you get your image or colour all the way to the edge of your card.

Your artwork must be 92mm x 56mm in dimensions. This includes 1.5mm (1/16") bleed all the way around which will be trimmed off after printing. Your business cards will be delivered to you 89mm x 53mm in size.

Once your artwork is uploaded to our website, it must be positioned as mentioned in order to bleed correctly. This is pre setup for you on most templates already. Click here to download start files.


Common Mistakes

"Not Full Bleed"
- Background is not fully extended to the edge. This will cause white strips to be around your card after it is cut.

"Out of Zone" - The text is outside of the safe zone. This information will be cut off.

"Pixelated" - Text and / or images are not print ready hi-resolution. Your files must be in 300 pixels / inch resolution.

"Hard To Read" - Text created with conflicting color values, no shadows on complex backgrouds, or very thin, tiny font will be very difficult to read.

"Borders"
- We do not recommend borders due to the nature of our cutting. You will need to either remove the border, or put them well inside the safe zone. Do not place a border on the trim of bleed zone, it will be cut off or removed.

"Blank Card" - Created or uploaded card with no text, images, or any other information.

"No Text"
- Created or uploaded card with no text.

"Crop Marks" - Incorrectly placed or unnecessary crop marks will cause your image to upload incorrectly.Only Illustrator or PDF files require crop marks if created on larger than spec artboards.

"Mini" - File is in incorrect spec dimensions.
To get a file of the correct resolution please use one of our start files available here. File is not correct printing resolution. Needs to be 300 pixels / inch.

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