What to Prepare Before Handing Your Name Card Design to a Print Shop

by Nathan Lee
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Using the service of a print shop or printing service is the most used alternative in creating printed goods such as name cards, flyers, banners, posters, stickers, and many others.

In this article, we are going to focus on the things that you must consider and prepare before you submit your design of name card to be printed by the printing service of your choice. It is to make sure that your design is correct and you can earn the best result possible from the process of name card printing from Kiasuprint.

1. Text and Graphics

Pay attention to the cutline. The design of your card must have the text and artwork positioned at the very least 1/8 inch away from the card edges to avoid getting your text or image getting trimmed during the process of card cutting.

2. Bleeds

To simply put it, bleed is the border that surrounds your card. This part will be trimmed off during the card trimming process, so you must pay attention to this part. Make sure that the original design file includes bleeds for the trimming process and export the file into PDF to avoid changes from occurring. You should ask the bleed size requirement to your printing service if you are unsure how much space do you need to spare for this aspect.

3. Backgrounds and Borders

If you’re doing the design from scratch, meaning that you are using a custom background or border for your name card design, you have to make them go over the edges of the card slightly to avoid the clear part to appear upon the name card printing result.

5. Name Card Resolution

You may insert images onto your name card. It is important to make sure that the images inserted into the design of your name card is in high quality to avoid a bad outcome in the end, such as having jagged edges or fuzzy image. The recommended resolution for images is at least 300 dpi. A little tip to make sure that your image is in the right quality is by zooming in up to 600%. If it looks fine upon the enlargement, then it can be used and will result well.

6. Colors

There are slight differences between the colors displayed on your monitor as you design your card and the colors that are used by your printer to produce colors. The colors on your monitor is a mix of three color components, which are red, green, and blue, known as the RGB color scheme. Meanwhile, printers use a different set of color components, which are the cyan, magenta, yellow, and black, known as the CMYK color scheme. Due to this difference, try to avoid using too bright colors, because there might be differences in the result after the card is printed compared to the one displayed on the monitor screen.

Nowadays, there are options for choosing a design from an existing template. This is much easier especially for beginners, and you don’t have to worry much about the small details such as bleeds and others. If you are not very adept in designing using advanced software, this alternative is probably best for you.

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