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Design Specifications

Letter/Self-Mailer

Layout Specifications:

Page Size:

All files should be built to final size plus bleed area. Graphics files should be 1/2 inch larger than the intended product size, therefore an 8.5 x 11-inch letter should have a 9 x 1.5-inch file.

File Size:

All images are recommended to be 300 DPI to prevent poor image quality. Higher resolution images are not necessary.

Address Box:

The address box should measure 1.5 x 4.5 inches. Address boxes placed at the bottom of a letter or item should be 1/2 inch from the bottom and closest edge. Address boxes at the top should be the 3.25-inch measurement from the top. Do not place any art inside the address box without checking with us first.

Colors:

All four-color pieces must be in CMYK colors for accuracy, and RGB files will be converted. Black text must be in black only for accurate printing. Black and white images must be converted to grayscale.

Fonts/Texts:

All text must be converted to outlines before creating PDFs with Adobe Illustrator, InDesign, or Freehand vector-based software. Flatten images if using Adobe Photoshop, but please note that flattened files cannot be modified later. When using Quark XPress collect and attach all font and image files required to print the file. Also, do not use any fonts smaller than 7 points.

Accepted File Types:

  • Quark XPress CS6 or below – Collect and font and image files
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6 or below – File types include .AI and .EPS. Convert text to outlines.
  • Adobe Photoshop – Acceptable types are .TIFF, .JPEG, .PSD, and .EPS. Use 300 DPI and CMYK colors.
  • Adobe InDesign – Contact us for details.
  • PDF – Use 300 DPI image quality.

Folding Specs:

Reference file contains images for:

8.5 x 11-inch tri-fold with bleed 8.5 x 13-inch quad-fold with bleed 8.5 x 14-inch quad-fold with bleed 10.5 x 17-inch tri-fold with bleed

Reference file contains an image for 8.5 x 14-inch quad-fold with bleed

8.5″ x 14″ Quad Fold with Bleed

Post Cards

Regular Size:

Trimmed size: 4.25 x 5.6 inches
Inner margin: 0.25 inch within the trimmed edge
Bleed: 0.25 inch beyond trim edge with bleed size 4.75 x 6.1 inches

USPS excluded areas:

Postage/Indicia: 1.5 x 1.25 inches from top right corner
Bar Codes: 4.75 x 0.625 inches from bottom right corner
Address Area: 2.75 x 1.625 inches from the top right of bar code


Jumbo Size:

Trimmed size: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Inner margin: 0.25 inch within the trimmed edge
Bleed: 0.25 inch beyond trim edge with bleed size 6 x 9 inches

USPS excluded areas:

Postage/Indicia: 1.75 x 1.25 inches from top right corner
Bar Codes: 4 x 3 inches from bottom right corner
Address Area: 4 x 3 inches from bottom right corner


Panoramic Size:

Trimmed size: 5.75 x 11.25 inches
Inner margin: 0.25 inch within the trimmed edge
Bleed: 0.25 inch beyond trim edge with bleed size 6 x 11.5 inches

USPS excluded areas:

Postage/Indicia: 1.5 x 0.75 inches from top right of address/bar code area
Bar Codes: 4.25 x 2 inches from bottom right corner
Address Area: 4.25 x 2 inches from bottom right corner


Giant Size:

Trimmed size: 8.5 x 11 inches
Inner margin: 0.25 inch within the trimmed edge
Bleed: 0.25 inch beyond trim edge with bleed size 9 x 11.5 inches

USPS excluded areas:

Postage/Indicia: 1.75 x 1.25 inches from top right of address/bar code area
Bar Codes: 4.75 x 2.25 inches from bottom right corner
Address Area: 4.75 x 2.25 inches from bottom right corner