Download Templates or Create your Print Ready Templates...
Here are a few common products we have templates premade for you. If you don't see the template you are looking for please request a template by clicking on the link below or scroll down to learn how to build your own.
Request a Template
Download a Template:
Post It Notes
Create your own Templates:
There are a few things to consider when creating your own templates:
- Color Mode
- The program you are using
The first thing to do is to determine what size your printed piece needs to be. Lets go through 3 examples; a Business Card, a Brochure and a Postcard.
- 3.5" x 2" - Business Card
- 8.5" x 11" - Brochure
- 4.25" x 6" - Postcard
The size of your Template for your Business Card, Brochure or Postcard will depend on whether or not your design has bleed. Read about bleed below.
If your printed piece needs bleed then you will use the following simple mathematical formula.
- Bleed Area = (Width + .25") x (Length + .25")
This means that you simply add a quarter inch to the width and add a quarter inch to the height. So if we were going to create a template for your Business Card, Brochure and Postcard then we would need to make the template art boards sized as the following:
- (3.5" + .25") x (2" + .25") = Business Card / 3.75" x 2.25"
- (8.5" + .25") x (11" + .25") = Brochure / 8.75" x 11.25"
- (4.25" + .25") x (6" + .25") = Postcard / 4.5" x 6.25"
We are not finished yet. Now we need to account for "Safe Area" by making sure that all of our text and critical images stay a safe distance away from FINISHED edge of the piece. All printed pieces need Safe Area. The safe distance for all of the critical "Contents" and verbage of the card is 1/8th of an inch.
This is basically the opposite of Bleed so you subtract instead of adding the quarter inch.
- (3.5" - .25") x (2" - .25") = Business Card / 3.25" x 1.75"
- (8.5" - .25") x (11" - .25") = Brochure / 8.25" x 10.75"
- (4.25" - .25") x (6" - .25") = Postcard / 4" x 5.75"
Think of these sizes as the actual usable area for content for each product, because the text and caontents of your piece are safe as long as they dont extend past these dimensions.
Please make sure your Color Mode or Color Space is converted to CMYK and not RGB.
Please make sure your documents resolution is set at 300 dpi.
CONSIDER THE DESIGN PROGRAM
Acceptable Software Programs for developing Print Ready Art Files
It is important to consider the software you are using to create art for Commercial printing. Below are lists of acceptable and non-acceptable Software Programs that you can use to build art files for Commercial Printing.
Non-Acceptable Software Programs for developing Print Ready Art Files
- Adobe Acrobat
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe InDesign
- Adobe Photoshop
- Quark Express
- Microsoft Word
- Microsoft Publisher
- Microsoft Power Point
- Microsoft Excel
- Anything Microsoft
- Most Other Programs