ART & FILE TYPE QUESTIONS

We recommend saving as a .PDF. You may also send the file in the following types: jpg, jpeg, tif, and tiff.

We prefer that you send .PDF with embedded or outlined fonts. .PDF's are easier to handle and will likely speed up your turn-around. Remember to flatten your files before uploading, and make sure they are in CMYK color mode.

When exporting from any program such as Indesign or Illustrator follow these export settings for .pdf files.

If you send us an RGB file, there is a chance that a color shift may occur and you may not be satisfied with your job.

 

THESE COLORS ARE IN RGB

THESE COLORS ARE IN CMYK

 

You should always start and finish your designs in CMYK color mode.

If you are interested in learning more about the CMYK vs RGB color modes, here is a great article that will help: RGB versus CMYK. Enjoy :)

Low resolution files may be printed as is or will be placed on hold until we receive new files, slowing your turn-around.

We would like to see all files uploaded as 300dpi, anything less could cause our pre-press department to request new files. This would result in longer turn-around times.

Bleed must extend past the cut-line and will be trimmed from the product during the final cutting phase. When the image is required to extend all the way to the edge, bleed is needed to preserve the finished look and the quality of the final product.

Please keep all text at least 0.125" inside the trim/cut-line.

The bleed for Standard Products is 0.125" on each edge.

For more info on Bleeds, please visit our Design Guidelines, just click here.

To help streamline a great product, PrintBurner requires Print Ready files with proper rotation. Files submitted are printed HEAD to HEAD as-is based off your files.

 

Make sure to set up your files so that when we print them HEAD to HEAD the final product will read the way you would like. Also, front and back files need to be set up either both sides vertically or both sides horizontally.

 

If you would like your back file to be upside down, please send your artwork as shown below.

 

If you have a fold-over or greeting card, please send your artwork as shown.

Any transparency issue can be resolved before saving your file.

To prevent this, never use shadows, glows, or any other transparency (image or otherwise) on top of a spot color. Always convert your spot color to CMYK and flatten before sending.

All of these effects will cause transparency problems.

When sending artwork, do not send extra files, like proofs or samples, because they might get printed. Only send the files you need printed.

We are not responsible for these kinds of files being printed. Unless requested by one of our employees, DO NOT send files that you do not want printed.

 

sample template images of sample files.

No. We are now specifically set up to process one side at a time, and this requires that each side of a job must be on a separate file.

Not separating files will cause delays and you might have to send the files again. Remember to separate the pages of your .pdf files as well.

When creating a Spot UV job, You must include a Spot UV template file along with the regular full color file. The Spot UV template file is used to show where the UV will be placed.

 

 

Use 100% K to indicate where you would like the UV. White will indicate no UV.

REMEMBER "IF IT'S WHITE, YOU CAN WRITE!"

When using a blue in your design, always make sure to leave at least a 30% difference in your Cyan and Magenta values.

100% C 100% M 0% Y 0% K

ON SCREEN - BEFORE PRINTING:

ON PAPER - AFTER PRINTING:

Blue is close to purple in the CMYK spectrum. Remember, use a low amount of magenta whenever using high amounts of cyan to avoid purple.

EXAMPLE: C-100 M-70 Y-0 K-0

Rich black is an ink mixture of solid black, 100% K, with additional CMY ink values. This results in a darker tone than black ink alone. If you print black alone as 100% K, the resulting black may not be as dark as you might like.

100% C 100% M 0% Y 0% K

ON SCREEN - BEFORE PRINTING:

ON PAPER - AFTER PRINTING:

Blue is close to purple in the CMYK spectrum. Remember, use a low amount of magenta whenever using high amounts of cyan to avoid purple.

EXAMPLE: C-100 M-70 Y-0 K-0

Unfortunately, we are currently not setup to print Pantone Colors. Our printing format involves the CMYK method to produce the various rich colors you see in every day printing.

When setting up your file, please make sure to convert all colors to CMYK and flatten your file to ensure there are no transparency issues.

Overprint is often used to intentionally overlap inks, but often results in unexpected results. We recommend turning off overprint objects before submitting your files.

           ON SCREEN                        PRINTED

color prints over existing color for alt results.

Banding is when visible stripes form of contrasting colors. There are a multitude of things that can potentially cause cause banding. Like exporting files from Indesign or Coral, or even to many gradient steps going from really light to dark colors over a small area. To prevent this, always double check your file before sending. if you are using a gradient, make sure to provide enough room for the colors to have a smooth transition.

banded strips of color between light and dark contrast.

 

Pearl metallic paper is 14pt cardstock embedded with pearl fibers that give the paper a very metallic shimmer. It'll basically make your CMYK colors shine, however heavy ink densities will dull the effects.

Business Cards will Crack around the edges when high values of ink (dark colors) are used. this is likely to happen with a few or more cards in the run. To help prevent this, you can use lighter colors, and or try to use the least amount of dark colors possible.

 

Foil jobs are set up like spot UV jobs. Your 3 options are gold, silver, and copper limited to one type of foil per order. Make a mask for the foil just like you would spot UV.

 

example of spot uv and foil set up mask. 

Bundling is a sorting method that we use to make life just a bit easier. Bundles are made in quanties of 50 or 100 units. banding will be in accordance with USPS and EDDM banding requirements.

 

We offer 3 kinds of plastic cards white, frosted, and clear. Please keep in mind that frosted and clear plastic cards are transparent.

For rich black please use C 60 M 40 Y 40 K 100. Due to the plastic material, printing on clear and frosted cards will come out slightly lighter than usual. Some Clear cards may have some light scratches on them. This is due to the manufacturer. To help compensate for this, we run run overs of the clear plastic cards to help meet quantity needs. Clear cards come with a peel off protective layer on one side to help protect them during packaging and shipping.

 

 

ESR quantities range from 25-250 units, and are printed on modern high tech digital equipment. Our digital press quality looks and feels remarkably par to offset print quality.

*disclaimer: Occasionally, quantities of up to 5000 and more might be printed using digital color technology in order to meet turnaround deadlines

Digital letterheads can be imprinted on using ink jet printers, but we highly recommend that you test your specific application and printer. Imprinted areas could possibly scratch and flake off. For the best results try using low ink coverage. Digital Letterheads are not recommended for laser imprinting applications.

Yes, Offset Letterheads can be imprinted on with inkjet and laser printers.

TURN-AROUND & DELIVERY QUESTIONS

Production Starts as soon as the file upload is complete, and or all proofing has been approved. You'll need to have your files uploaded by 8:00 AM. Orders completed after 5:00pm may not be available to ship until the following morning. We reserve the right to produce same day orders on digital press equipment. limited to quantities of 500 or less.

Production Starts as soon as the file upload is complete, and or all proofing has been approved. You'll need to have your files uploaded by 9:00 AM. Orders completed after 5:00pm on the 2nd day of production may not be available to ship until the following morning. 

Production Starts as soon as the file upload is complete, and or all proofing has been approved. You'll need to have your files uploaded by 11: 00 AM. Orders completed after 5:00pm on the 3rd day of production may not be available to ship until the following morning.

Production Starts as soon as the file upload is complete, and or all proofing has been approved. You'll need to have your files uploaded by 11:00 AM. Orders completed after 5:00pm on the 4th day may not be available to ship until the following morning.

Production Starts as soon as the file upload is complete, and or all proofing has been approved. You'll need to have your files uploaded by 12:00 PM. Orders completed after 5:00pm on the 7th day may not be available to ship until until the following morning.