Greeting Card

Description:
Create branded thank you cards, seasonal greeting and other notes for your clients with our greeting cards. And don’t forget to order branded envelopes to complete the look!
 
Bindery:
Scored in the middle, shipped flat.

Finished Sizes After Scoring:
8.5x11 --> 8.375x5.4375
8.5x5.5 --> 4.1875x5.375
10x7 --> 4.9375x6.875
Step 1: CMYK not RGB
All artwork should be sent in CMYK and not in RGB. Please ensure that all embedded images are CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) files. RGB images may look good on your screen but final output to print is always in CMYK. One should be aware that files converted from RGB to CMYK may alter the colour composition significantly! CMYK not RGB
 
Step 2: Bleed, Crop Area and Type Safety:
Bleed: Whenever your artwork extends to the edge of a document, you must set up a bleed area so that when your work is being printed it doesn’t get cut-off irregularly at the edges and leave ugly white lines. Therefore, your artwork should extend 1/8″ (.125 inches) beyond the live area of your document whenever necessary. This means that if your business card is 2 x 3.5″ when it’s finished, then your document should be 2.25 x 3.75″ when you are designing the piece.

Crop Area: The trim line is simply the line that shows where your document is going to be cut, and is usually 1/8″ after the bleed. So if your page is going to be 8.5 x 11″ when it’s done, the trim line would make an 8.5 x 11″ box inside your document.

Type Safety: The safety line is an additional 1/8″ inside the trim line. All of your artwork and text should be inside this box to ensure that it is not cut-off when the page is cut.

Visit out template section by clicking here to ensure your files are setup correctly.

 
Correct: Image extends to bleed box and type is within type safety area
Bleed ok
 
 
Incorrect: Image does not extend to bleed box and type is too close to the cutting line.
Bleed wrong
 
Step 3: Border Thickness
It is strongly suggested that you do not use a thin border around your artwork. This may cause an uneven frame around your card when cutting. If you desire to have a border, it should be at least 1/4" (.25 inches) thick.
 
Step 4: Image Quality
If you design something for the web, your images are usually 72 dpi (Dots Per Inch), which is standard for screen resolution. For most print projects, you’re going to need more than 4 times that resolution: 300 dpi. If you try and print your files at 72 dpi you will end up with blurry, fuzzy pictures. So always make sure all images in your artwork are at least 300dpi.
 
Correct: Image will print clear and crisp
300dpi
 
incorrect: Image will print blurry and fuzzy.
72dpi
 
Step 5: Rich Black
To create Rich Black, you can use a mixture of 30% Cyan, 30% Magenta, 60% Yellow and 100% Black. Rich Black is best used for larger areas of black, and not on thin lines or text. If you use it on small body text or thin lines, the inks could saturate and blur the artwork.

100K Black is created using, a mixture of 0% Cyan, Magenta and Yellow, with 100% Black. For large areas, 100K Black would just look gray. For small text, it helps keep the text sharp as there is no combination of CMYK to register.

Rich Black
Step 6: Check Overprint
When overprint is applied, instead of knocking out elements behind the foreground elements, one ink is printed over another. Which really isn't that bad if that is what you want—it almost looks like a transparency type effect. Here are three squares — magenta, cyan and yellow. The first image overprint fill is turned off. The second image overprint fill is turned on:
Overprint

A classic mistake is when a white foreground element is layed on top of a black background element and overprint fill is applied to the white foreground element. It will look just fine in the pdf file (unless you have the overprint preview selected) but when it is separated in your printer's rip, the white will disappear.

The simple thing to remember is to never apply overprint fill to a foreground element that is lighter than the background. There may be some exception to this rule, but this is a general rule of thumb.

Overprint
 
Step 7: Orientation
When submitting your artwork for a double sided design the top of your artwork (Head) should match the top of the back of the artwork. The first example below is correct where the text is facing the same way for the front and the back. The second and third example are incorrect as the text is upside down on one side
 
Orientation
 
Here are some other examples of acceptable layouts:
 
When dealing with folded jobs that open vertically the front and the back are always facing the opposite directions:
Folded
Folded
Our templates include bleed, trim and a safety area for text to help you build your digital files correctly. PC users will need WinZip and MAC users will need Stuffit Expander to uncompress these files after downloading them. Please click the appropriate program logo for the product template needed. If you require any assistance with our templates or don't see the template you want listed, please either email mailto:prepress@5000cards.com or call 1.866.689-BOSS for further assistance.
10pt Gloss AQ
Gloss AQ coating is a versatile gloss coating that is writeable with most ballpoint pens, glue able, foil-stamp able and non-yellowing. Aqueous coating provides excellent rub and scuff resistance. Your product will be resistant to smudges, fingerprints and scratches.
13pt 100% Recycled Uncoated
Our 13pt 100% Recycled Uncoated stock is made from 100% post consumer content and has a brightness of 88. It is uncoated on both sides which is ideal for appointment cards and rubber stamping.
14pt C1S + AQ
C1S Stock comes with a finished UV Gloss coating on one side and an uncoated second side.
14pt C1S + UV
C1S Stock comes with a finished UV Gloss coating on one side and an uncoated second side.
14pt C2S
14pt Gloss AQ
Gloss AQ coating is a versatile gloss coating that is writeable with most ballpoint pens, glueable, foil-stampable and non-yellowing. Aqueous coating provides excellent rub and scuff resistance. Your product will be resistant to smudges, fingerprints and scratches.
14pt High Gloss UV
UV coating is a liquid coating that is appliedto your print materials. Your print materials will be resistant to smudges andscratches. This coating provides the highest level of shine to your printedmaterial.
14pt Matte AQ
Matte AQ coating is characterized by anon-glossy, glare-free background. It is smooth and silky to touch. Thiseconomic coating is only offered on 14pt stock.
16.5pt Gloss Lamination
A shiny and smooth finish for your materials, our gloss lamination adds an extra film of protection to your materials and is perfect for creating an eye-catching look. 
16.5pt Matte Lamination
A silky-to-the-touch and smooth finish your materials, our matte is the perfect elegant touch for your materials. It forms a protective film over the print. 
16.5pt Velvet Soft Touch Lamination
This elegant stock has the feel of actual velvet thanks to a unique soft-touch lamination that will impress everyone!
16pt Gloss AQ
Gloss AQ coating is a versatile gloss coating that is writeable with most ballpoint pens, glue able, foil-stamp able and non-yellowing. Aqueous coating provides excellent rub and scuff resistance. Your product will be resistant to smudges, fingerprints and scratches.
16pt High Gloss UV
UV coating is a liquid coating that is applied to your print materials. Your print materials will be resistant to smudges and scratches. This coating provides the highest level of shine to your printed material.
16pt Matte AQ
A silky-to-the-touch and smooth finish your materials, our matte is the perfect elegant touch for your materials. It forms a protective film over the print. 
18.5pt Gloss Lamination
A shiny and smooth finish for your materials, our gloss lamination adds an extra film of protection to your materials and is perfect for creating an eye-catching look.
18.5pt Matte Lamination
A silky-to-the-touch and smooth finish your materials, our matte is the perfect elegant touch for your materials. It forms a protective film over the print.
18.5pt Spot UV + Matte Lam
This unique specialty finish results in a stunning visual impact. The spot UV coating creates a contrast between a glossy wet layer and a matte surface on the same side, giving your material a focal point for another eye-catching dimension.
18.5pt Velvet Soft Touch Lamination
This elegant stock has the feel of actual velvet thanks to a unique soft-touch lamination that will impress everyone!

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