Files We Like Are Saved As….

Acrobat (pdf) when saving to pdf, it’s suggested to still create outlines for all your fonts before saving or exporting. Please ensure all of your settings are correct for print-ready files including image mode and resolution, and bleeds are visible in the pdf file with crops indicating the final trim size.

Photoshop (pdf or tif) simply flatten all your layers and make sure the resolution is a minimum of 300 dpi and are CMYK.

Illustrator (pdf or eps) embed all linked files, create outlines for all fonts and flatten all transparencies.

Publisher (pdf) embed all linked files, create outlines for all fonts and flatten all transparencies.

Word (pdf) cannot guarantee quality of colors or font changes.

Corel Draw (pdf) embed all linked files, create outlines for all fonts and flatten all transparencies. 

A Picture Is Worth At Least 300 Dpi
All photographs and images should be a minimum resolution of 300 dpi .

Most products we offer are printed in full color and should be saved in CMYK mode. However some printed products like stickers, letterhead, envelopes can be printed using Pantone (PMS) spot colors. These 1, 2 and 3 color orders must be saved as vector files (Acrobat, Illustrator or CorelDRAW). However if the print job is only 1 Pantone color then you can save as a black and white or greyscale tif or jpg at a minimum resolution of 600 dpi.

Let It Bleed
We need an extra 1/8” of artwork or background to go beyond the trim size on each side. Do not put a border on for your bleed – it must be a continuation of all artwork/graphics that go to the trim edge.


  • 3.5” x 2“ business card  —>  3.75” x 2.25”
  • 4” x 6” postcard      —>       4.25” x 6.25”
  • 4.25” x 5.5” postcard—>      4.5” x 5.75”
  • 5” x 7” invitation     —>        5.25” x 7.25”
  • 5.5” x 8.5” sheet     —>       5.75 x 8.75”
  • 8.5” x 11” sheet     —>        8.75” x 11.25”
  • 11” x 17” sheet      —>        11.25” x 17.25”
  • 12” x 18” sheet      —>        12.25” x 18.25”

Don’t Get Cut Off

Remember to design so that all vital information such as phone numbers and addresses are 1/8″ inside the final trim line of your print job. This is known as the safety margin.

Keep in mind that because of the mechanical tolerances involved in printing, the actual cut can happen anywhere between the bleeds and the safety margin. This is why it is important to keep your text and important images within the safety margins.

So You Want To Be Rich?
Get a deep, rich black by using all CMYK inks: cyan60, magenta40, yellow40, black100.

Going for that Extra Special Print Effect
When printing extra print effects beyond CMYK, like spot gloss, foil stamping, foil effects, its highly suggested to save it on it’s own layer or even better, its own page or separate file. For all the effects listed above, you simply use black where you want the print effect and white where you don’t. No grayscale, screens or photographs can be used for print effects, however monochromatic bitmap files (line art) can be used at a minimum resolution of 600 dpi. Your final file must be setup in a vector-based program such as Illustrator.

Foil Effects

This is the most popular specialty effect printed right now and its because you can customize foil colors with CMYK values that are printed on top of the silver layer you setup. This means you literally double your color palette. Foil effects works best on lighter colors. The darker and more saturated the CMYK color is, the less effect the foil effect will have. Do not use very thin and small text and artwork for foil effects. For best results, use large areas or fonts 12pt and above. For best results on a simply standard silver foil is to print 15% black on top of the foil effect. Please contact us for a free sample pack or come into the clubcard store to see lots of examples.

Flexography Stickers
All flexography sticker orders follow the “critical margin” rule when setting up your file. Unless you select a bleed for your flexography sticker order, you must keep all graphics 1/8″ away from the trim line of the size selected.

Unless you are printing a full color flexographic sticker, we don’t suggest screens to be used on 1, 2 and 3 color sticker orders. Our experience is PMS colors when screened on flexo stickers look “dotty” due to the coarseness of the screens. For this reason we cannot provide refunds, reprints or accept returns due to quality issues with screens.

Large Format Printing
The resolution for files for large format printing should be a minimum of 150 DPI. We suggest 300dpi at the final size to gain the best print results. Bleeds are not required for large format posters, outdoor banners and rolled canvas. However stretched canvas does require a bleed. For the standard 3/4″ frame, your graphic requires a 2” bleed on each side and for the gallery 1 3/8″ frame, your graphic requires a 4″ bleed on each side.