- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
Premium quality greeting cards printed on 14pt coated card stock are printed in stunning full color with orders of 100 or 250 cards printed on the digital press. Orders of 500 or more are printed with soy inks on the big offset press, using advanced stochastic screen printing technology to give you the highest definition on photos and artwork.
Your greeting cards will have your choice of a low luster finish on both sides or high gloss UV coating on the outside panels to get deeper, richer colors.
The best greeting card pricing is available on standard 4-6 business day production time when you can wait and save, or choose rush 3 business day printing when you need greeting cards now.
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 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.
Technical Specifications + Templates
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|
|5.5" x 4.25" card||5.5" x 8.5"||5.75" x 8.75"||DOWNLOAD|
|4.25" x 5.5" card||4.25" x 11"||4.5" x 11.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|6" x 4.5" card||6" x 9"||6.25" x 9.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|6.25" x 4.5" card||6.25" x 9"||6.5" x 9.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|4.5" x 6.25" card||4.5" x 9"||4.75" x 9.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|6" x 6" card||6" x 12"||6.25" x 12.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|7" x 5" card||7" x 10"||7.25" x 10.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|5" x 7" card||5" x 14"||5.25" x 14.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|8.5" x 5.5" card||8.5" x 11"||8.75" x 11.25"||DOWNLOAD|
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Offset Printed using Stochastic Screens
14pt Coated Card Stock, 30% post consumer waste (114lb)
Full Color One Side (4/0), using soy-based inks