Design Considerations for Same Day Business Cards

Having proper print-ready files is important with the completion of any print order, but is even more necessary with a Same Day order. As Same Day orders need to be Proof Accepted by 9:30 AM PST to meet our same day printing schedule, it is essential to prepare your print-ready files correctly to avoid potential delays with receiving your online PDF proof. Below are a few design considerations that will help you achieve this.

Safety Margin

Due to unavoidable shifts that occur during the production process, it is important to place any important content of your design (text and graphics) at least 0.125” away from the edge (trim line). Content within our recommended safety margin of 0125” will not be trimmed.

The safety margin can be defined in Adobe InDesign during the document setup process or in the Margins and Columns section under Layout. In Illustrator and Photoshop, you will have to set up these guides in the document.  

Setting up proper safety margins will help avoid having your objects look as if they are about to fall off the page and ensure they are not trimmed off.

Bleed

Bleed is the artwork that extends past the trim line or finished size of your product. If any element of your artwork is designed to be printed to the edge, it must be extended past the trim line and into the bleed area by a minimum of 0.125".  

The addition of bleed compensates for uncontrollable shifts that occur during the printing and trimming process; and ensures that any content touching the edges does not leave unwanted gaps or borders.

Stock

The stock you choose for your order will determine other design considerations that pertain to that stock. Before you place your order, please make sure to review the specific page for the stock you chose, which can found under our Business Cards menu tab.

 

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