PRINT CARDS

Design Guide

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Getting Started with your Design

The process of getting a design ready for printing can sometimes seem to be a daunting task. These few handy hints will help you with the process.

Once you have been able to select the product variables, you can then enable the “Start Design” option.

By clicking the start design option, it takes you to our design page. Once you are taken to the design page you will be able to customize your product template.

If you are not very familiar with the task of designing for print, there are chances the whole process might be a little confusing for you. This is so because you need to create a design that works well on paper and besides that, you also have to make sure your work is properly set up for print. Doing this you will have to avoid the problem of making mistakes quite a number of starters usually make.

There are a number of things one needs to consider, these includes color profiles, resolutions, sizing, which type of black to be used, bleed, trim, and others. These are all important if you must get your design right and ready for printing. With the help of this guide, irrespective of what you are going to be designing, whether it is a poster, flyer, leaflet, banner, business card, or any other type of printed material, you will not find it difficult.

COLOR CHOICE

Color is like the main aspect of the printing process. When you understand the type of color you are to use for your printing, you will be able to set up good layouts and get a good result at the end.
Knowing the difference between RGB and CMYK Color Modes.

If you are very familiar with creating designs for digital use, then you will probably be used to the RGB color mode. This is usually the default setting for most graphic design applications. Even if the word RGB seems strange to you, you will probably have been using it by already. Nonetheless, when you choose to design for print, it is a different color choice entirely. When designing for prints, you will need to make use of the CMYK color mode. This is because when you make use of RGB, it can result in the reproduction of a slightly untrue color reproduction during the printing process.

RGB

RGB (which is rendered through interaction of Red, Green and Blue light) is only suitable for layouts that will be viewed online or in digital format on screen.

Note

Images should be 300 dpi (dots per inch) at the final size in the layout.
Images which include text should be 400 dpi at the final size in the layout.
You can add “clip art” from our selection as well as upload images onto your template. You are also able to free draw using our free draw option. Our designer allows you to create layers as well as change the language of text.

Once you are done customizing the template, ensure to check your spellings to know if there are mistakes you might need to correct. When this is done, select “SAVE”, you’ll be able to see a preview of your design and then you can add to cart.

REMEMBER TO INCLUDE A BLEED

Make things easy for your printer and always remember to include a bleed when you set up your document on the computer.

Don’t know what bleed is? Well, a bleed is an extra space around the perimeter of your layout that spread out past the edge of the page(s). You should always include a bleed if any elements on your layout will cross the edge of the page. When the layout have been printed and trimmed, the bleed is going to reduce the visibility of any slight faults in the trimming.

USE HIGH RESOLUTION CONTRASTS (PPI AND DPI)

If you are including graphics in your print layout, then you have to make sure that they are of appropriate quality for printing. If you make use of low resolution images, the end product of the printing will be blurry. While in the case of high-resolution graphics, it will look sharp and very clear after printing.

PPI (Pixels Per Inch) simply means the amount of tiny dots (pixels) that make up an image on a computer screen. It is important for you to know that the higher the PPI, the higher the image quality is going to look (as long as your computer monitor has a high enough resolution). The reason for this is simple: the more tiny dots (pixels) that are used to create one inch of an image, the more detail that can be squeezed into that image. It’s as simple as that! The same applies to DPI (dots per inch.)

CMYK

CMYK is referred to as the four inks that are used in four-color printing, Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Key (Black). Each color in your print design will be created through a combination of these four inks.

CONSIDER YOUR BACKGROUND COLOR

Make sure your design has enough contrast between the type color and the background color. You need to ensure that the contrast of the background color does not affect the readability of the texts in your design.

USE THE RIGHT BLACK

Black colors in print are not all the same. On computer monitors, all blacks will generally appear consistent. But on press, different ink combinations can create a wide range of blacks. When black is the text color, use flat 100% black if you want to get the best results. If you have a solid black area larger than two square inches, we recommend using a “rich black” for a darker, more uniform color.

ADD YOUR TEXT

You can add “text” and change the color and font to your preference. A very common issue you might encounter when sending to print is that the size of type appears too small or too big. Font Size is really important to get right, as illegible documents, however pretty, will immediately turn the reader off.
You should also think about applying appropriate font sizing to suit both the document type and the audience.

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