Business Card Printing FAQs
Have questions about our services, offerings or printing process? Take a look at these handy FAQs to see if your questions are answered. You can also feel free to give us a call anytime at 917.830.8806
What type of files can I send?
We recommend uploading your design files as a .PDF with embedded or outlined fonts. PDF’s offer the best flexibility and typically help us speed up turnaround time. We will also accept files in the following formats: jpg, jpeg, tif, tiff, eps, and png.
Remember to always flatten your files before sending!
What color mode should my files be?
To avoid any chance of a color shift during the printing process, you should always complete your designs in CMYK color mode. If your files at in RGB mode, we suggest converting to CMYK before uploading.
How should I set up my bleed?
Bleed must extend past the cut-line and will be trimmed from the product during the final cutting phase. When the image is required to extend all the way to the edge, bleed is needed to preserve the finished look and the quality of the final product.
Please keep all text at least 0.125″ inside the cut-line.
- The bleed for Standard Products is 0.125″.
- The bleed for Booklets and Presentation Folders is 0.25″.
How should I set up a Spot UV job?
When creating a Spot UV job, include a Spot UV template file along with the regular print file. The Spot UV template file is used to show where the UV coating needs to be applied.
For better quality we recommend creating mask files in vector based programs such as Illustrator or CorelDRAW. Please only use solid 100% K to indicate where you would like the UV. Do not use shadows, glows or grayscale images. White will indicate no UV.
Remember, if it’s white, you can write!
What is rich black and how can I get it?
Rich black is an ink mixture of solid black, 100% K, with additional CMY ink values. This results in a darker tone than black ink alone.
If you print black alone as 100% K, the resulting black may not be as dark as you might like. We recommend using: C-60 M-40 Y-40 K-100. This will give you a deep, dark, rich black.
How do I set up a Foil Worx job?
We offer three types of foil: Silver, Gold and Copper. We can only use one type of foil per order (for example, you can not order gold foil on the front and silver foil on the back.)
Foil job files are set up just like our Spot UV job files. We ask that you provide a separate Foil mask file: black in the areas you want the foil and white in the areas you do not want the foil. All black areas should be solid 100% K with no other added colors.
If you order a Foil Worx job with Spot UV, you’ll need to provide separate mask files for the Foil (foil mask) and UV (spot uv mask), in which case you may be required to provide up to six files.
Please keep in mind, however, that the Foil and UV coating can’t overlap, both should be at least 1/16″ apart to avoid foil peeling off. Also, avoid using small/fine text or lines for foil objects. For best results, please make sure that foil coverage is less than 50% of the entire print side.
Also, be aware that there may be up to a 1/16″ shift on the placement of the foil. Keep this in mind if you are trying to align foil with other printed artwork on the card.
Of course, you can always contact our in-house design team with any questions about specs or best practices!
What are Suede Cards?
To create suede cards, we start with 16pt stock as a base and apply 1.5mil soft velvet, scuff resistant laminate to both sides of the sheet for a total thickness of 19pt. The soft velvet lamination adds a soft supple look and feel, which softens colors, reduces contrast and gives an overall lighter, muted appearance.
Suede Cards are water resistant, but not waterproof. This means the cards stand up well when they come in contact with a small amount of water, but cannot be submerged in water without water seeping into the card and causing damage.
Please test your specific application to ensure the cards are appropriate for that use
The term “Suede” refers to the soft, supple texture of the cards, not the actual materials used. A soft velvet laminate is applied to both sides of the card to achieve a luxurious suede-like look and feel.