File Prep :
If you have existing logos, artwork, files or brand concepts that you would like me to incorporate into your
design, please try one of the following methods.
1. You can usually send up to 5Mb of data by simply attaching it to an email and send it to
email@example.com. If I’m not expecting it, please make sure you clearly note
what the files are for. (i.e. Hey Adam, I just paid for a new Business Card Design and
I forgot to upload my current logo. I have attached the file.)
2. Files that are too big can be sent using a third party company such as www.yousendit.com
What's a bleed?
Bleed is the portion of the product that will be trimmed off when it is cut to the final size.
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: business cards 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 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, bookmarks, CD packages, club flyers, collectors cards, DVD packages, event tickets,
postcards, rack cards, rip business cards, rolodex, 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, door hangers, envelopes, flyers, hang tags, letterhead, mini menus, notepads, posters,
staggered cut flyers, posters (wide), banners, window clings, window decals, yard signs.
2" x 3.5" Business Cards: 2.1" x 3.6" JPEG at 350 dpi resolution.
4" x 6" Postcards: 4.1" x 6.1" JPEG at 350 dpi resolution.
4" x 9" Rackcards: 4.1" x 9.1" JPEG at 350 dpi resolution.
Add 0.1875" bleed to each dimension for roll labels (or 0.09375" bleed on all four sides for square or
rectangle roll labels) and special shapes.
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)
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.
Please allow 1/16" cutting space around your card. No borders are recommended, as shifting in the cutting process may make borders appear uneven.