- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
Business cards printed on 14 point uncoated card stock have a more subtle, muted color compared to coated card stock business cards.
These matte finish business cards are printed in quantities of 100 and 250 units on the digital press, while quantities of 500 or more cards are printed on the offset press with soy inks using stochastic screen printing technology.
We do not recommend heavy, solid areas of color coverage for orders of 100 or 250 cards as these are printed on the digital press using toner that has a low gloss finish.
Please also note that if you order multiple sets of cards requiring both methods of printing, there will be color differences between your digital and offset printed cards.
Uncoated business cards can be written on with pens, pencils and markers, making this an ideal choice for appointment cards, frequent buyer and stamp cards, or business cards you can write a note on.
Can Uncoated Cards Have Frayed Edges?
It is common to see "frayed / rough edges" on uncoated stocks, especially with ink coverage that extends to the edge of the cards. When a stock is not coated the fibres can break loose when trimmed. Choosing a coated or laminated card will help avoid this issue.
Are Colors Subdued On Uncoated Cards?
Uncoated stocks produce subdued, muted colors that may appear dull compared to coated stocks with low lustre aqueous or high gloss UV coatings.
Can Uncoated Cards Crack If Scored?
The fiber in uncoated cards may break when scored to fold, producing what appears to be cracks in the paper. If you don't like crack we suggest, you choose a coated stock instead.
Can Grey Colors 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 I Use Small Text On Uncoated Cards?
Uncoated stocks are more grainy and fibrous than other stocks, so if you are looking for really sharp lines or micro text a coated stock will be up to that challenge.
Can I Write On Uncoated Cards?
Write up a storm! Unlike our coated options, these cards work perfect as stamp cards, appointment cards, or a business card that you can scrawl a note across the back. You've found a match.
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
14pt Uncoated Card Stock, 30% post-consumer waste
Full Color Both Sides (4/4) or Full Color One Side (4/0), using soy-based inks