File Preparation & Requirements
Please follow our guidelines, files not created to our specifications and which print incorrectly we will not be responsible for, per our policy. Ensure to follow all instructions. Individual product requirements located at bottom of page.

Our templates are blank jpeg images which you can open in any digital image editing program like Photoshop, Illustrator, In-Design, Corel and more. After your final design is ready make sure to turn off or remove the blank template jpeg from your final design or else the template will print with the instructions and red and blue guides.

FILE FORMAT:
We accept the following file formats TIFF, JPG, EPS, PNG, AI, ID, PSD, and PDF.
We at times also accept Word & Publisher files (but quality can vary and may not be of high quality if possible send PDF instead)

FILE SIZE:
The maximum acceptable combined file size for all uploads is 50MB (megabytes).
The maximum acceptable combined file size for all emails is 25MB (megabytes).

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

  

COLOR MODE:
All color artwork and/or images must be provided in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color mode for most paper and card products and individual color printing like offset or screen printing must be in spot color.
All black & white artworks and/or images must be provided in grayscale color mode.
Heavy black ink might cause smearing or smudging on ALL products.

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.

What's safe zone?
Safe Zone is the portion within the bleed that is used to ensure a flawless printed piece in case of the bleed being cut too close which quite often occurs.
All critical elements (text, images, logos, etc.) must be kept at least 0.25" inside the edge or 0.125" inside the bleed line. Anything left close to edge may be cut off during trimming.

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.

Please build your print-ready digital files by adding the appropriate bleed to your file.
Add 0.125" bleed to each dimension and another 0.125" should be kept within your artwork final size for the safe zone (or 0.25" bleed on all four sides)

ROUND CORNERS:
For round corner cards make sure that your bleed is 0.25" + 0.25" for your safe zone.

CROP MARKS:
Please build your press-ready digital files without any crop marks.
There should be no Lines indicating where the paper should be cut.

FONTS:
Fonts must be embedded in PDF files.
Fonts must be outlined or converted to paths or curves in EPS files.
Some fonts have copyright restrictions and will not embed in PDF Files.
Quark Express: Fonts and images must be included with all files submitted. (Mac only)

BORDERS:
Please allow .125" cutting space around your card. NO BORDERS are recommended, as shifting in the cutting process may make borders appear uneven.

 

Aprons
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector(1 color) or raster(full color)
Final size: 8" x 8"
Workable Safe Zone Area:7.875" x 7.875"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 8.25" x 8.25"
Special Instructions:
bleed is not required in 1 color jobs, only in full color. Minimum line weight of 10pixels (recommended 15 pixels).

Banners & Canvas
Resolution: 300dpi if under 12" x 1 8"
Resolution: 150dpi over 12" x 18"
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25" all around
Bleed: .25" all around
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
vector graphics preferred

FoamBoard/Coroplast
Resolution: 300dpi if under 12" x 1 8"
Resolution: 150dpi over 12" x 18"
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25" all around
Bleed: .25" all around
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
vector graphics preferred

Balloons
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 5" x 5"
Workable Safe Zone Area: 5" x 5"
Safe Zone: None
Bleed: None
Size with Bleed: 5" x 5"
Special Instructions:

vector graphics preferred

Booklets & Catalogs
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: pdf only
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 2.25" x 3.75"
Special Instructions:
1 pdf with all pages in order from 1st to 2nd ... to last.
Bleed requirements are per page and if trimming is required
then center where binding will occur will not be trimmed
but bleed must still be included as well as safe zone.

Bookmarks
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions: None

Brochures
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
files to be provided as 2 spreads, 1 for front and 1 for back
ensure that bleed and safe zone are provided for each panel
(for example 1 half fold brochure will have a total of 4 panels)

Business Cards
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 2" x 3.5"
Workable Safe Zone Area:1.75" x 3.25"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 2.25" x 3.75"
Special Instructions:
for thermography we recommend vector graphics.

Calendars
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
If doing booklets style calendars,
1 pdf with all pages in order from 1st to 2nd ... to last.
Bleed requirements are per page and if trimming is required
then center where binding will occur will not be trimmed
but bleed must still be included as well as safe zone.

CD & DVD Package
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions: None

Coasters
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 3.5" x 3.5"
Workable Safe Zone Area:3.25" x 3.25"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 3.75" x 3.75"
Special Instructions:
we recommend light coverage 7 vector when ava.

Comp & Zed Cards
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 2.25" x 3.75"
Special Instructions:
vector graphics preferred

Cutout Decals
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: pdf only
Graphic Type: vector only
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: none
Bleed: none
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
vector graphics required. all strokes or outlines are to be converted into objects. Only use even straight lines, curves, and shapes. Minimum line weight of .25 inch (recommended 0.5 inches). all outlines must be created as a single shape, do not create multiple objects/shapes and outline them individually when overlapping, must be 1 whole shape outlined.

Door Hangers
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 4" x 12"
Workable Safe Zone Area:3.75" x 11.75"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 4.25" x 12.25"
Special Instructions:
you must submit 3 files; two of which will be your print ready press quality files one for the front and one for the back and the 3rd which will be a mock up of where you want your hole within your prints.

Envelopes
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 4.25" x 9.5"
Workable Safe Zone Area: 3.75" x 9"
Safe Zone: .5"
Bleed: none
Size with Bleed: none
Special Instructions:
if you require bleed please ask your sales representative for a special template and the upgraded cost for bleed.

Flyers
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions: None

Foil & Metallic
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: pdf only
Graphic Type: vector only
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
vector graphics required. all strokes or outlines are to be converted into objects. Only use even straight lines, curves, and shapes. Minimum line weight of 10pixels (recommended 15 pixels).

Fold over & Tent Cards
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions: each fold over card consist of 4 panels if printing both sides or 2 panels if printing single sided. ensure that each panel has the bleed/safe zone required above, even if its on the fold line.

Folders
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 9" x 12"
Workable Safe Zone Area: view temple
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: view temple
Special Instructions:
view temple. printing is only allowed on the outside park of folders and on the front part of pockets.

Hangs Tags
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
you must submit 3 files; two of which will be your print ready press quality files one for the front and one for the back and the 3rd which will be a mock up of where you want your hole within your prints.

Hats & Caps
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 2" x 3"
Workable Safe Zone Area:1.75" x 2.75"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 2.25" x 3.25"
Special Instructions:
Minimum line weight of 10pixels (recommended 15 pixels).

Letterheads
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 8.5" x 11"
Workable Safe Zone Area:8.25" x 10.75"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 8.75" x 11.25"
Special Instructions:
for optimal results, light coverage recommended

Magnets
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions: None

Menus
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
files to be provided as 2 spreads, 1 for front and 1 for back ensure that bleed and safe zone are provided for each panel
(for example 1 half fold brochure will have a total of 4 panels)

Mouse Pads
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 9" x 8"
Workable Safe Zone Area:8.75" x 7.75"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 9.25" x 8.25"
Special Instructions: None

Mugs & Cups
11oz

Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions: None

Napkin Bands
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 1.5" x 4.5"
Workable Safe Zone Area:1.25" x 4.25"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 1.75" x 4.75"
Special Instructions: None

Napkins 1 Color 3"x3" Print
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: variable based on napkin
Workable Safe Zone Area: 3"x3"
Safe Zone: none
Bleed: none
Special Instructions:
Vector graphics required. All strokes or outlines are to be converted into objects. Only use even straight lines, curves, and shapes. Minimum line weight of 10 pixels, Lines must be thicker than 18pt Arial bold (you do not need to use Arial but it is a comparison to what a good line thickness is). All outlines must be created as a single shape, do not create multiple objects/shapes and outline them individually when overlapping, must be 1 whole shape outlined. Submit as solid black file (color is dictated upon ordering and has nothing to do with file preparation)

Napkins Full Color 2"x2" Print
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:2"x2"
Workable Safe Zone Area:1.75"x1.75"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:2.25"x2.25"
Special Instructions: none

Napkins Full Color 3"x3" print
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:3"x3"
Workable Safe Zone Area:2.75x2.75"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:3.25"x3.25
Special Instructions: none

Napkins Full Color 5"x5" Full Bleed
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:5"x5"
Workable Safe Zone Area:4.75"x4.75"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:5.25"x5.25"
Special Instructions: none

Notepads
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions: None

Paper Bags
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:

Minimum line weight of 10pixels (recommended 15 pixels).

Pin Back Buttons
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 2.25" diameter circle
Workable Safe Zone Area:2" x 2"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .75"
Size with Bleed: 3" x 3" square
Special Instructions:
we recommend you use the template for this product as the bleed must be provided as a square rather than a circle.

Plastic Business Cards
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 2.125" x 3.375"
Workable Safe Zone Area:2" x 3.25"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: none
Size with Bleed: 2.125" x 3.375"
Special Instructions:
since bleed is not allowed, there will be a slight empty border all around the cards that can be of up to .125"

Postcards/Club Flyer
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions: None

Posters
Resolution: 300dpi if under 12" x 1 8"
Resolution: 150dpi over 12" x 18"
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25" all around
Bleed: .25" all around
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
vector graphics preferred

Rack Cards
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions: None

Raised Printing/Thermo
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk/spot/pantone
File Type: pdf
Graphic Type: vector only
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
vector graphics required.

Receipt NCR Sales Forms
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions: None

Rubber Stamps
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
. Submit as solid black file (color is dictated upon ordering and has nothing to do with file preparation)

Shirt Printing
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector preferred
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
vector graphics preferred

Spot UV
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
you must submit 1 additional file per every side with spot uv besides the two of which will be your print ready press quality files one for the front and one for the back. for the spot uv you can either spot color the 3rd or 4th file or send it as an all black file.

Sticker & Labels
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions: None

Tickets
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
you must submit 3 or 4 files; two of which will be your print ready press quality files one for the front and one for the back and the 3rd or 4th which will be a mock up of where you want numbering (if any) or perforation (if any) within your prints.

Tote Bags 1 Color
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 8" x 8"
Workable Safe Zone Area:7.75" x 7.75"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 8.25" x 8.25"
Special Instructions:

Tote Bags Full Color
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: 8" x 8"
Workable Safe Zone Area:7.75" x 7.75"
Safe Zone: .25"
Bleed: .25"
Size with Bleed: 8.25" x 8.25"
Special Instructions: none

 

Window Decals/Clings
Resolution: 300dpi if under 12" x 1 8"
Resolution: 150dpi over 12" x 18"
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size:
Workable Safe Zone Area:
Safe Zone: .25" all around
Bleed: .25" all around
Size with Bleed:
Special Instructions:
vector graphics preferred

Tyvek Wrist Bands
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: .5" x 10"
Workable Safe Zone Area: .25" x 7"
Safe Zone: none
Bleed: none
Special Instructions:
Vector graphics required. All strokes or outlines are to be converted into objects. Only use even straight lines, curves, and shapes. Minimum line weight of 10 pixels, Lines must be thicker than 18pt Arial bold (you do not need to use Arial but it is a comparison to what a good line thickness is). All outlines must be created as a single shape, do not create multiple objects/shapes and outline them individually when overlapping, must be 1 whole shape outlined. Submit as solid black file (color is dictated upon ordering and has nothing to do with file preparation)

Vinyl Wrist Bands
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: .5" x 10"
(
snap extends up .75" and is not printable)
Workable Safe Zone Area: .25" x 3"
Safe Zone: none
Bleed: none
Special Instructions:
Vector graphics required. All strokes or outlines are to be converted into objects. Only use even straight lines, curves, and shapes. Minimum line weight of 10 pixels, Lines must be thicker than 18pt Arial bold (you do not need to use Arial but it is a comparison to what a good line thickness is). All outlines must be created as a single shape, do not create multiple objects/shapes and outline them individually when overlapping, must be 1 whole shape outlined. Submit as solid black file (color is dictated upon ordering and has nothing to do with file preparation)

Silicone Wrist Bands
Resolution: 300dpi
Color Mode: cmyk
File Type: jpeg, pdf
Graphic Type: vector or raster
Final size: .5" x 8"
Workable Safe Zone Area: .25" x 3"
Safe Zone: none
Bleed: none
Special Instructions:
Vector graphics required. All strokes or outlines are to be converted into objects. Only use even straight lines, curves, and shapes. Minimum line weight of 10 pixels, Lines must be thicker than 18pt Arial bold (you do not need to use Arial but it is a comparison to what a good line thickness is). All outlines must be created as a single shape, do not create multiple objects/shapes and outline them individually when overlapping, must be 1 whole shape outlined. Submit as solid black file (color is dictated upon ordering and has nothing to do with file preparation)

 

 


 

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