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TEMPLATE GUIDELINES

Bleed

Bleed is the section of the artwork that will be cut off when the final printed product is trimmed to final size. The purpose of which is to continue a background color, image or design all the way to the edge of the card.

On our templates, the red lines indicate the bleed section. Please make sure all backgrounds are extended all the way to this line.

Bleed size is typically 1/8 of an inch (or 0.125) outside of the final trim size.

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Trim

The trim indicates where the printed piece will be cut to the final size once the bleed area is removed. However, please remember that due to cutting tolerances of printing, the cut may shift up to 1/16 of an inch in any direction.

On our templates, the color blue indicates the trim line. Broken blue lines typically indicate folding areas, if any.

Safety Zone

The safety zone is an area within the trim line, which prevents any text or type from being cut off. It is of utmost importance that no text or essential parts of your artwork be too close to this trim line.

This will ensure that everything is well within the finished printed material when it is trimmed. Due to mechanical tolerance during the cutting process, any content within 1/8″ of the trim line may be cut off.

On our templates, the green line indicates the safety zone, which is typically 1/8th of an inch (or 0.125) inside the final trim size.

Crop Mark

Crop marks are guides indicating where the paper should be cut to produce the correct size. These marks are usually located on the corners of a template. Aside from the blue lines that indicate the trim size, crop marks are also typically included as an added measure.o.

ARTWORK GUIDELINES

Color Mode

The full color printing process requires artwork to be saved in four-color CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) mode.

That’s because offset printing presses use 4 plates (one plate for each color) to achieve the final combination of that compose the artwork image.

However, the total black and white artwork or images must be in GRAYSCALE color mode in order to get that full, rich black in the final output. Files in RGB (Red, Green, Blue) as well as Pantone colors will automatically be converted into CMYK unless otherwise specified.

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Font

As much as possible, please outline your fonts (in illustrator and InDesign) or rasterize them (in Photoshop). This is to avoid any font issues when your job is printed.

If you are submitting QuarkXPress or InDesign files, please include a font folder containing all the typefaces used in your layout.

We recommend NOT using font size smaller than 8 points. Typically, very small or very thin fonts may not be legible when printed against dark or busy backgrounds.

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Proof Reading

Before submitting your artwork, please check and review all copy/text for types or misspellings. A PDF proof will be available for viewing after artwork is submitted.

The purpose of PDF proof is to provide the opportunity to check all the elements for accuracy and approve the final file before your jobs goes into production. Once the job is approved, we cannot be responsible for any artwork misprints, typos or errors in the finished print.

Resolution

To ensure the best output quality, the minimum resolution for artwork is 300 dpi (dots per inch). Make sure your link files or images (specially in illustrator, QuarkXPress, and InDesign) are in this resolution or higher.

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Images shall be created at 300 dpi or higher to ensure a high quality printing with clear images. Low-resolution artworks typically result in blurry images with jagged edges. If you are scanning pictures, please make sure the settings are for a photograph and that the resolution is also 300 dpi or higher.

Preferred Artwork File Formats for Submission

  • Press-Ready high resolution PDFs
  • Flattened High-Resolution TIF/TIFF or JPG

The above file formats are preferred in order to avoid any issues with fonts, pictures, etc.

Other acceptable file formats

  • Quarkxpress
  • InDesign
  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai or .eps)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.psd, .tif, .jpg)

When submitting these types of files, in a separate folder please include all fonts, images and other graphic elements used in the artwork. Artwork must be within the ColorOnDemandPrinting.com Specification (see artwork guidelines.)

File Size

For files larger than 10MB, we recommended to compress your file using software programs like WinZip (for Windows) or Stufflt (for Mac) . Another option is to sign up for a free account on YouSenIt and use their services to transfer large files.

Uploading Time

Uploading file may take several minutes depending on the speed of Internet connection and the size of artwork. Uploading a 4MB file can take about 5 minutes on a DSL connection. When submitting artwork files in CD, there is no need to compress the files.

We will review each file after it has been uploaded. If we find any problems, we will inform you immediately by sending a pre-flight report, which details all issues. If no errors have been found a PDF Proof of your job will be sent via email within 1 business day.

For assistance, you may call our Customer Service at or contact your sales representative 1-310-996-6789.