How to prepare card design file

Card Design Requirements

– Card size –
The size of standard cards is 85.60 × 53.98 mm (3.370 ×2.125 in) and rounded corners with a radius of 2.88–3.48 mm, in accordance with ISO/IEC 7810, the same size as ATM cards and other payment cards, such as debit cards.

– Text and Graphics –
When you design your card, make sure that artwork and text are positioned at least 2-3 mm away from the edges of the card. Otherwise a part of your text or logo may get trimmed when cards are cut.

– Bleeds –
We require the original artwork file to include at least 2 mm bleeds. Bleed is a border surrounding the card which will be trimmed off during the cutting process. So, when you export your design to PDF in Business Card Composer, set the 2 mm  bleed around the edges of the card — click the Options button in the Export dialog.

– Backgrounds and Borders –
If you use a custom background or border in your card, it must go over the edges of the card slightly, otherwise clear area might result on the edges of the printed card.

– Resolution –
You may want to use photos and images obtained from a digital camera, scanner or from the Internet. For images, resolution is crucial for good quality of the printed picture. A picture that looks all right on the screen, may have jagged edges and appear fuzzy when printed. So your image must be at a resolution of at least 300 dpi. To check whether your image has enough resolution, zoom in on your document until 600%. If the image looks acceptable, it will look fine when printed.
If you still decided to use a low-resolution image, resize it to make it smaller — the print output quality will increase.

– Colors –
When you design your card, the colors you see on the screen are made up of the following three color components: red, green and blue (such color scheme is known as RGB). The monitor mixes these three colors to produce other colors. However, printers and other polygraphic equipment use another set of color components: Cyan (blue), Magenta (red), Yellow and Black (this scheme is called “CMYK”). Consider this when designing your card — avoid using too bright colors, because the colors on plastic may not always match those you see on the screen.

– Preparing Your Materials for a printing –
File Formats Supported by our company: Corel Drow ver up to X6, Adobe Illustrator, PDF, EPS, TIFF (600 dpi), Photoshop. The standard for high quality printing is 600 dpi resolution.

PDF and Fonts
When you export your cards design to PDF, all fonts are embedded automatically. Nevertheless, they may sometimes display incorrectly in our graphic programs. If you wish to insure yourself against such problem, save your card to the TIFF format. The quality will remain the same, and the text will look exactly as you want it to. Even better if you bring the material in both PDF and TIFF formats, and let us choose which one works best for them.

Passing Your Materials to a Print Shop
Once you’ve designed your business card, save it on the disk in the required format (the filename extension — PDF or TIFF — should not be omitted). Before sending the file, compress it to decrease its size. It’s especially important if you submit your design via the Internet. Compress your files using Zip archiver (in Mac OS X 10.3 Panther you can compress a file to ZIP using the Create Archive context menu command, or the File / Create Archive menu in Finder). Use free service to send us files bigger than 10MB.

You can download card template here.

If you still have any question how to prepare your design file, please contact our teem and we will help you.