File Preparation - Print Products
CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. The process involves combining varying amounts of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black ink to produce a full spectrum of color.
The bleed area is an extra space added to the actual dimension of the card. Bleeds ensure strips of white paper do not show on the edges of your card when cut to size. If your design, has colors on your product that stretch to the edge of the document, it's best to let those colors stretch, or "bleed" past the edge of the product size. That ensures your colors go all the way to the edge of your document. It is a recommended practice to have all your design elements within the bleed area.
If your choice of the business card is sized 3.5" x 2" inches, then your design(artwork such as background colors or images) should extend by a quarter of an inch (.25") for each dimension of the card. As a general rule extend your design by .25" or .125" (1/8”) on each edge of the card.
So in the above example, you will submit your artwork/image of dimension 3.75" x 2.25" inches. The 1/8 inch added extra on each edge of the card will be trimmed off during the cutting process, so you get the appropriate card as ordered 3.5" x 2" inches.
For print products, the minimum resolution is typically 300dpi.
You can upload .pdf, .tif, .jpg, or .eps files. We mostly recommend .pdf files.