Prepare These Before You Submit Your Name Card Design to a Printing Shop

Using the service of a printing shop is the best decision when it comes down to making name cards for professional purposes, such as business. Printing services are reliable and they are capable to print in a large number within a short time in a  high quality.

To put it simply, all you have to do to have your name card processed is that you only need to hand in the design of the card to the printing shop. However, you have to make sure that your design has already accounted for the important things to ensure the quality of the name card.

1. Text and Graphics

For this aspect, you have to pay attention to the cutline. The design of your name card is better if the text and artwork are positioned at the very least 1/8 inches away from the edges of the design. This will ensure that the content to not get accidentally cut during the trimming process due to being too close to the edge.

2. Bleed Area

Making sure that your design already includes a bleed area also helps in avoiding getting the content of your name card from getting cut off. Bleed area is the area that is left blank for the trimming process after your name cards are printed. This blank area covers the sides around the cards. Before you submit your decision, you have to convert your design to PDF to make sure that nothing changes or shifts when the file is opened on a different computer. Always ask for the ideal bleed area that the printing service wants before you start designing your name card.

3. Background and Border

The background and border (if there is) of the name card design should go over the edges of the designated side so that later on when printed, there won’t be any clear/blank part that ruins the aesthetic of the design.

5. Resolution

Pay attention to the resolution of graphics or images that you use in the design of your name card. Any images inserted must be of high quality, meaning that it has a resolution of a minimum 300 dpi. This is to avoid the image from getting stretched or pixelated once it gets printed. Try to zoom in to 600% as you design your name card to see if the image still retains its sharp quality. If not, then you shouldn’t use it and find a higher quality image with better resolution.

6. Color Combinations

Printers usually use CMYK color combination for their inks, meaning that they mix the color cyan, magenta, yellow, and black to create more colors according to the design of the name card. However, if you design it in RGB color that is commonly used in design software or application, the color may come out different once printed. To avoid this, make sure that you match the color combination and change it from RGB to CMYK. This way, you’re designing in colors that are more accurate and the result will be more satisfactory in the end.

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