Templates make things easy. We created some templates so you can know what to expect from bleed space, cut lines, and safe areas.
All graphics should be 300 resolution or vector with fonts embedded. The color profile should be saved as CMYK and the extension PDF. It not, we can try to work with it.
Bleed is important so we aren't trying to cut too close to your image and end up cutting off important text or graphics. The background should extend all the way to the edge of the file on all four sides to ensure the finished product is trimmed down just right with no white space cracking out of any of the edges.
Cut lines are good to get a general idea of how the size is going to come out but try to avoid designs made to work with a specific cut line as the spacing and cut line can shift slightly from sheet to sheet.
Try to keep borders and text inside the safe area. Borders can be tough for any printmaker, even those million dollar machines are within 1/10" of an inch just like us. We'll always do our best; but when we cut in a stack, each sheet may be printed in a slightly different position in any direction. Make it double sided and you double the amount of space the image can float. In general, the naked eye will never notice. But if you put borders right at the cut line it will stick out like a sore thumb.
Backgrounds on a copier should be gradient or textured. There are a lot of moving parts in a copier and offset press. Some lines can naturally show up vertically or horizontally in prints with large patches of solid color. We'd be happy to do a test print if you'd like to see how your design will print.
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