A Guide to Preparing Files for Print

For best results please follow our guidelines.

FILE FORMAT: Final print files must be a PDF file.

The following are files you can create your layouts in, but ultimately must be saved in the end as a PDF:

.ai, .doc, .docx, .eps, .gif, .jpg, .jpeg, .pdf, .png, .psd, .rar, .rtf, .tif, .tiff

FILE SIZE: The file size limit is 100Mb.

RESOLUTION: All file formats must have a minimum of 300 dpi (dot per inch) resolution.

For large format products such as banners and lawn signs the maximum resolution should be no less than 150 dpi.

Images designed for the web are done at a low screen resolution of 72 dpi. Print images need to be created at 300 dpi (150 dpi for large format) or there will be a substantial drop in the image quality.

EXAMPLES OF FILE RESOLUTION : (Left) High Reolution File: 300 dpi (Right) Low Resoution File: 72 dpi

COLOR MODE: All color artwork and/or images must be provided in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) 4-COLOR color mode.

All black & white artworks and/or images must be provided in grayscale color mode. Heavy black ink might cause smearing.

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)

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: all 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
  • Club Flyers
  • Magnets
  • Postcards
  • Rack Cards

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

  • Banners
  • Brochures
  • Door Hangers
  • Envelopes
  • Flyers
  • Docupads
  • Letterhead
  • Notepads
  • Lawn signs

 

DIMENSIONS:

Products
Final Print Size - 350dpi
Size with Bleed - 350dpi

Business Cards

Inch: 2" x 3.5"
Pixels: 700x1225

Inch: 2.1" x 3.6"
Pixels: 735x1260

Postcards

Inch: 4" x 6"
Pixels: 1400x2100

Inch: 4.1" x 6.1"
Pixels: 1435x2135

Postcards

Inch: 8" x 6"
Pixels: 2800x2100

Inch: 8.1" x 6.1"
Pixels: 2835x2135

Postcards

Inch: 9" x 6"
Pixels: 3150x2100

Inch: 9.1" x 6.1"
Pixels: 3185x2135

Postcards

Inch: 11" x 6"
Pixles: 3850x2100

Inch: 11.1" x 6.1"
Pixels: 3885x2135

Rackcards

Inch: 4" x 9"
Pixels: 1400x3150

Inch: 4.1" x 9.1"
Pixels: 1435x3185

*BANNERS - Bleed:

For banners, please build your print-ready digital files by adding 0.125" (1/8") bleed to each dimension (or 0.0625" bleed on all four sides). For example, a 2’ x 10’ banner with the full bleed should be 24.125" x 120.125". Please design your files on our downloadable templates to ensure proper bleed.