HOW TO PREPARE YOUR IDEA FOR REPRODUCTION
#1, MAKE A MOCK-UP: On
an 8.5" x 11" piece of paper, make a simple outline
drawing that represents the image to be used for the front of
the card - even a crude drawing is okay but try to make it approximately
the actual size of the card you are ordering. Use this drawing
to show us how you want the image placed and any cropping you
want. If you want a title on the front, show the placement of
your title and approximately the actual size of the typeface
you want the title to be in. Click here to see samples
of typefaces available for titles on the front of your card.
Please refer to the type face by its name. Determine whether
you want the image to bleed off the card edge or defined by a
border ...and how thick that border will be. Choose a color for
your title and/or border. Make notes of all these decisions in
the margins around the image area of your mock-up. That's all.
#2, SENDING ORIGINAL MATERIALS: (Unless
sending digital files - see below) Send materials (original photo,
print or slide, along with your mock-up, Logo or any other graphic
materials to be used in your design) to us by U.S. Mail or UPS
along with your deposit listed in the price tables for the product
you are ordering.
PRESS-READY DIGITAL FILES: Press-ready
digital files should be prepared as CMYK (4 color) files in TIF,
Photoshop or JPEG formats at 360-400 dpi. All files can be sent
to us on disk (CD or DVD) or by e-mail attached to your
When we receive your materials we will
assemble your design from your mock-up instructions and send
you a proof by e-mail or regular mail. After you approve the
design it will be sent to press and shipped to you when ready.
Click here to see back-side layouts (not
ready - under construction) We will work from your sketch or
mock-up or camera ready artwork.
BLEED: When preparing electronic image
files for submission please keep in mind that Image files need
to have a 1/8" trim on all sides that are intended to bleed
off the edge of the paper. If you want to preserve the entire
image without cropping the image it is best to "clone"
picture area and extend it into the border trim area if you have
the ability to do so with photo editing software such as Adobe
Photoshop. Another option is to simply size the picture to be
1/8" larger than the final trimmed size on all bleeding
edges. This method will require a small part on the edge of the
picture area to be lost to trimming however.