Technical Information

BUSINESS CARD ARTWORK SIZE 
94 x 59mm (This includes 2mm bleed on all sides) Minimum 2mm bleed required.
The finished size of the Business Cards is 90x55mm after the 2mm bleed is trimmed off.

FILE FORMAT

We accept a range of file formats for printing.
Our most preferred file is a PDF file, as there is little risk of unexpected changes when transferred between you and us.
Other formats accepted are, JPG, TIF, PSD, EPS, AI.

BLEED
Your artwork needs to be the correct size for printing. For business cards this size is 94mm x 59mm. Part of this size is called “Bleed” . This 2mm “Bleed” on all sides will be trimmed off. The diagram above shows how your finished document should appear.

We also recommend keeping a 3mm internal margin for a “Safe Printing Area”. Keep text, logos or important graphics 3mm away from the final trim line as trimming can vary slightly during the manufacturing process.

GUIDES AND CROP MARKS
Please do not include any guides, or crop marks in your artwork. If you do they may show up in your proof and your final print.

RESOLUTION
Images such as photos or graphics must have a minimum resolution of 300dpi (dots per inch) at the final size. Lower resolution may print pixelated or fuzzy.
Images downloaded from the internet or grabbed from web pages often have a resolution of only 72dpi and are not suitable for printing.

COLOUR
Full colour Offset & Digital Laser Printing use a CMYK colour format (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). The colours on computer screens are RGB colours (Red, Green, Blue).  Your artwork needs to be supplied in the CMYK colour format to achieve the best results. Software packages such as Adobe InDesign, Photoshop and Illustrator can convert colours to CMYK, other non-commercial print specific software programs such as Microsoft Word cannot.

If you are unable to convert your colours to CMYK, we perform a generic conversion on such files. Keep in mind that the colours that are printed on the final job may vary from what is on your screen. They may appear duller and less vibrant.

PMS colours must not be used for CMYK printing. Again, we perform a generic conversion on these files, but some PMS colours can appear dull when converted to CMYK.

The most accurate way to choose a colour is to view our comprehensive colour chart and setup the artwork using the CMYK codes that represent the chosen colour.

Large Format Inkjet Printing is the one exception where we request customers supply their files in RGB format (ideally AdobeRGB 1998 colour space). Our Large Format printer has 12 ink colours and has the ability to print with the much larger colour gamut that RGB provides. Ultimately producing full photographic quality pictures and graphics.

FONTS

Fonts in your artwork need to be “converted to outlines” or “flattened” into a graphic. This will eliminate the risk of fonts not printing the way you intended.

Microsoft Office Fonts

We do not accept Word DOC files, Publisher PUB files, and Powerpoint PPT files. Please convert these files to PDF before submission. If you are unsure about how to do this, please contact us as we may be able to guide you through the process. There are free web based downloadable PDF “drivers” that may help.

As programs such as Microsoft Word cannot convert fonts to outlines or graphics, you will need to “embed” them before creating the PDF file. In Microsoft Word and Powerpoint, go to the menu “Tools > Options> Save tab” and click “Embed TrueTypeFonts”
This option is also available in Microsoft Publisher. Go to the menu “Tools > Commercial Printing Tools > Fonts”.

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