Art Requirements

Clear Business cards


General Guidelines



Preferred format for printing is Illustrator, Photoshop or HIGH RESOLUTION JPEG.


Before sending your files, make sure all fonts are converted to outlines (converted to outlines for Illustrator and PDF, converted to "shapes" for Photoshop, converted to "curves for CorelDraw.)


Adobe Illustrator:
Open File
In Your Main Menu Choose Select > All
In Your Main Menu Choose Type > Create Outlines

Adobe Photoshop:
Open File
Right click text layers
In the layer menu that pops up > Convert to SHAPES
Corel Draw:
Open File
In Your Main Menu Choose Edit > Select All > Text
In Your Main Menu Choose Arrange > Convert to Curves


Linked Graphics - Be sure to include or embed all of your placed / imported images when you send your artwork.


All images must be in CMYK color.


Make sure your artwork's resolution is at least 300 dpi. This resolution will ensure that your design will appear crisp and sharp instead of blurry.


Make sure to include "bleed" with your artwork. Image "bleed" is where you want the image to fill a background completely to the edges of the card. The image must extend beyond the trim area so that color will go edge to edge if there is a slight variance in the trim cuts. Image bleed is defined in each template.


Due to cutting variances, card designs with a "framed border" are not recommended. A possible slight shift in cutting will cause the printed frame border to appear off center or uneven.



Card templates Download one of our templates to avoid any size problems.






Color Reproduction

All reasonable efforts shall be made to obtain the best possible color reproduction on customerís work, but variation is inherent in the print process and it is understood and accepted as reasonable. We cannot guarantee an exact match in color between the customerís photograph, transparency, proof, electronic graphic file, or previously printed matter.


Bleed is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet after trimming. The bleed is the part on the side of your document that gives the printer that small amount of space to move around paper and design inconsistencies. Bleed information refers to elements outside the finished piece. Often a printer requires bleed information on pieces that have bleed to allow for "printer bounce" when cutting a job down to size. Failing to provide bleed information and crop marks can result in finished pieces showing a thin area of white on the edge.




 The image below shows the necessary extra margin needed during the printing and cutting steps of production. The same principle applies for all other printed formats.