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Preparing Print-Ready Files


  • All file formats must have aminimum of 350dpi (dots per inch) resolution.  The images designed for the web have a low screen resolution of 72dpi. 

  • Print images need to be created at 350dpi ot there will be a substantial drop in the image quality.

Color Mode:

  • All color artwork and images must be provided in CMYK color mode, unless otherwise stated. 
  • All black and white artwork and /or images must be profided in grayscale color mode.  Heavy black ink might cause smearing

File formats:

  • We accept the following file formats: .psd, .tif, .tiff, .jpg, .eps, .png, .pdf, .gif, .bmp

How to prepare Print-Ready Files?


What is a Bleed?


In printing terminology, the bleed is the extra margin on a print product that is meant to be trimmed off when the product is trimmed to its final size. Bleed basically means that the color and graphics on a product "bleed off the page" to ensure continuity of the color to the edge of your product.


When we print products such as business cards and postcards, we do not print on paper of that size. We gang-run print, which means that we organize several print jobs next to one another on a large sheet of paper, print, and then trim each individual product to its final size. Jobs cannot be trimmed perfectly on the trimming line each time. During the trimming process, a product may be trimmed within or beyond the trimming line. As a result, the product may have a white edge, or a portion of the artwork from the surrounding jobs. Thus, we require a bleed on each individual product so that when the product is trimmed, there is an extra margin to prevent imperfections.


A full bleed is required for all print-ready files. For the correct bleed for your product, please view the list below. For example, most business cards have a 0.1" bleed, so a 2" x 3.5" business card will have a bleed size of 2.1" x 3.6".

0.1" bleed: most business cards, folded business cards, bookmarks, club flyers, collectors cards, event tickets, most postcards, rack cards, rip business cards, stickers, table tents, greeting cards, "wink" special shapes.

 0.125" bleed: a-frame signs, banners, brochures, door hangers, envelopes, flyers, folded hang tags, hang tags,  letterheads, notepads, posters, posters (wide), roll labels, retractable banner stands, window clings, window decals, yard signs.

0.25" bleed: booklets, calendars, catalogs

0.3" bleed: folders

Why Bleed?

Bleed ensures continuation of colors, images and designs past the final trim size to prevent imperfections from possible cutting shifts.  Build your print-ready digital files by adding the appropriate bleed.  We require ALL files to be built to the full bleed dimensions specified for each trim size.  We automatically trim the bleed off each edge, which will result in the desired trim size.  


Please allow the accurate cutting tolerance around your design.  We do not recommend borders due to possible shifting in the cutting process, which may cause borders to appear uneven.