- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
Business cards printed on 16 point (16PT) coated card stock are the most popular business card option offering great quality and pricing. These sturdy and solid business cards are printed on 16 point coated both sides card stock, finished in your choice of a high gloss UV or a matte / dull finish.
When you order business cards in quantities of 100 or 250 units, these are printed in full color on the digital press; while orders of 500 or more business cards are printed on the big offset printing press, using soy-based inks and stochastic screen technology to ensure the finest quality reproduction of your photos and artwork.
Your business cards will ship over to you on a regular 4-6 business day print production time, or choose our fast 3 business days production time. Don't forget to select the best shipping method and speed to ensure your new postcards get to you by your deadline.
Can Heavy Ink Coverage Cause Chipping?
Coated cards have a thin clay coating that can chip when trimmed. Cards with heavy ink coverage, especially dark colors that goes all the way to the edge, tend to really to show this chipping. We recommend silk laminated cards on cards with heavy coverage at the trim line.
Will Color Vary?
The upside of club-run printing is the shared savings, the downside is that we adjust color globally to get the best overall color for shared jobs. This means the color of club-run printed items will vary through the run and will not match exactly on re-prints. Our Indigo printing service is better suited to color critical work.
Can I write on Coated cards?
Coated cards aren't ideal for writing on. If finished with a matte aqueous coating, sharpies may work if left to dry but ballpoint pens will smudge. If finished with a UV gloss coating, don't even think about it. If this is a big deal, check out our uncoated card stock options.
Can Greys Can Shift?
CMYK Process colors in the grey range and de-saturated images can shift in color throughout the print run and may cause the greys to appear either cooler or warmer. For a neutral grey, we recommend converting all grey values and de-saturated images to true greyscale consisting of K (black) only values.
Is there color variation on solid blue?
Due to the nature of club-run printing, you may experience color variation in solid fills of blue. For great blue results, we recommend a 30% difference between your Cyan and Magenta levels to ensure a nice rich dark blue, rather than purple.
Should You Use Rich Black?
For the richest of deep dark blacks in print use 50/40/40/100 as the CMYK value. If printing small black text (or knocked out text) we recommend a k only black (0/0/0/100) to avoid misregistration issues.
Can UV Coating Change Colors On The Cards?
Color on cards finished with a UV gloss coating will appear slightly darker and richer than cards finished with an aqueous coating.
Bleeds: all files must have a 1/8" bleed on each side
Live Area: keep all critical text and artwork 1/8" inside the trim
Colors: supply your files in CMYK color (Pantone/RGB colors will be converted or rejected)
Resolution: 300 dpi minimum (400 dpi preferred)
Fonts: fonts must converted to curves/outlines (we do not accept fonts).
Transparencies: flatten all transparencies
Types Of Files We Accept: MAC & PC files from Photoshop (PSD), Illustrator (EPS or AI), CorelDraw (CDR or EPS), Adobe Acrobat PDF, TIFF or JPEG.
|Trim Size||File Size||Template|
|Square Card||2" x 2"||2.25" x 2.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Square Card||2.5" x 2.5"||2.75" x 2.75"||DOWNLOAD|
|Name Card||3.5" x 1.5"||3.75" x 1.75"||DOWNLOAD|
|Name Card||3.5" x 1.75"||3.75" x 2"||DOWNLOAD|
|Business Card||3.5" x 2"||3.75" x 2.25"||DOWNLOAD|
Offset Printed Using Stochastic Screens
(100 and 250 quantities are digitally printed)
16pt Coated Card Stock, 30% post-consumer waste (130lb)
Full Color Both Sides (4/4) or Full Color One Side (4/0), using soy-based inks