What type of files can I send to Color Trade Print?
We recommend saving as a .PDF. You may also send the file in the following types: jpg, jpeg, tif, tiff, eps, and png.
Remember to flatten your files before uploading.
What color mode should by files be?
You should always start and finish your designs in CMYK color mode.
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.
What resolution should my files be set to?
For all products in the Banners Category, we require a resolution of 150 dpi at 100% of the final print size.
For all other print products, we require a resolution of 300 dpi and no less.
Low resolution files may be printed as is or will be placed on hold until we receive new files, slowing your turn-around.
How should I set-up my bleed?
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 cut-line.
- The bleed for Standard Products is 0.125".
- The bleed for Booklets and Presentation Folders is 0.25"
Should I use a template to create artwork?
While we strongly encourage you to use our templates to design your artwork, please remove the template, guide lines, crop marks and/or cut lines before uploading the artwork. These lines will show up in the final printed product if left in.
Are Borders okay to be printed?
Borders are ok to print but must be at least 1/4" wide and we suggest at least .5" away from the cut line. Please note that if cutting shifts then the border will be spaced apart on the different sides. Cutting can shift up to 1/16" on anyway.
We cut through many sheets at a time, so watch your borders to avoid an unwanted mistake.
Can I submit a front and back in the same file?
Please make note: We are 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.
Can I submit the same File for the front and the back?
Yes, you can. You will need to rename the other file so there is no confusion. Please note: this does not refer to uploading the front and back file together in file name "Front file". Front and Back files must be uploaded in separately.
Do you guarantee Pantone Colors?
No, we do not guarantee PMS colors for Flat or Full Color Raised ink printing. PMS colors are converted to CMYK.
How do I achieve the Rich Black Color?
We prefer a C 60 M 50 Y 50 K 100
What do I need to do to keep my Blue color Blue and not Purple?
Please make sure that your blue color is 30% apart on the Cyan and Magenta.
How does the Full Color Raised Printing work?
Everything that is not white in your artwork will be Raised. You can bleed your image off the canvas if you choose to. We can only Raise 1 Side for Full Color Raised, the other side will be printed flat. Letterheads and Envelopes that are Full Color Raised must be 1/4" inside the cut line. We do not allow bleed on Letterheads or Envelopes.
Why are light colors not compatible with Thermography (Raised ink print)?
Full Color Raised/Thermography Printing
Light skin tones, light colors, and low screen percentages will have a negative impact on the raised appearance of your product. For best raised printing results, we recommend that the "Total Area Coverage" be at 150% or higher. Total Area Coverage (TAC) is the total of the CMYK value of a color. For example, a card using a light blue color with a CMYK mix of 89, 10, 0, 0 has a TAC of 99%. This color wonâ€™t have a good raise as there is not enough ink coverage to hold thermography powder
Why is 100% K only not campatible with Thermography (Full Color Raised ink) printing?
100%K only black prints a washed-out black color and thermo does not adhere to it.Using a built black with a CMYK mix of 80, 80, 80, 95 is required on your file to optimize raised ink results.Â Â Â
How should I setup a Spot Gloss file?
When creating a Spot UV job, you must include a Spot UV template file along with the regular print file. The Spot UV template file is used to show where the UV coating needs to be applied.
For better quality we recommend creating mask files in vector based programs such as Illustrator or CorelDRAW.
Please only use solid 100% K to indicate where you would like the UV. Do not use shadows, glows or grayscale images. White will indicate no UV.
How do I setup Foil Jobs?
You will need to make Separate Foil files for each side that will have foil. The foil file should be white where you want "NO FOIL" and 100%K where you would like the foil applied. Please make sure on your Original artwork files, that you do not have the foil parts where the foil will be applied.
What is Inline Foil and How do I setup the file up?
With Inline Foil, you can turn a wide range of CMYK colors into multi-colored foils. Inline uses a special processed foil system that is applied under a 4/c process to create an array of foil colors.
For an Inline Foil job, you must include an Inline Foil mask file along with your CMYK file. The mask file indicates where the Inline Foil will be applied. The file setup is the same as Spot UV. Use 100% K where Inline Foil needs to be applied and white where the Inline Foil is not applied.
What is the Difference between Inline foil and Foil Stamped?
Inline foil makes any color you want turn into a metallic foil looking color. Foil stamp is actual foil stamped on to the card stock.
What is the Size of your Round Corners?
We use a 1/4" or .25" Round Corners and 1/8" or .125
If I choose Two Round Corners, which corners will be cut?
For horizontal layout business cards the Top Left and Bottom Right will be Cut. For Vertical layout the Top Right and Bottom Left will be cut.
How do I keep my cards from chipping around the edges?
This usually occurs with really dark blacks or heavy colors. Please use only offset pressing when using dark colors to avoid this issue.
When Scoring, will my Job Crack in the Middle?
We recommend not using a UV Coating when Scoring a job. UV Coating is the most common problem for cracking.
What are 20pt C1S Business cards?
20pt C1S business cards are printed on a card stock that is pre-coated on one side and uncoated raw on the other. The coated side of the card stock will allow the colors to be more vibrant while on the uncoated side the colors will absorb more. Uncoated card stocks absorb ink more than others and are great for stamp cards, appointment cards, or other material that needs writing on.