for 4-color business cards are now available for download
- We accept all Adobe
Photoshop files from both PC and Mac up to version 12.0 CS5 (some of
these instructions may apply only to older versions.)
- Vector based text
is available in version 6 and newer, so take advantage of it and set
up your file correctly to maintain the vector properties. See your manual
for details. Black text should only contain C=0%, M=0%, Y=0%, K=100%.
Versions 6 - 11
- set resolution
to 300 ppi
- set color mode
- set page size plus
any bleeds (1/8") correctly
- keep layers un-flattened
and text in layers un-rendered
- check all black
text to make sure it is 100% black with no other support colors.
- "save as"
a "Photoshop EPS"
- encoding =>
- preview => 8-bit
- only "maintain
vector data" checked
bold or italics applied to the text will result in rasterized text
- or "save as" a "Photoshop PDF"
- include layers
- PDF preset should be "press quality"
All versions including
- If you use a black
background, set the color for the black as follows: C=40%, M=40%, Y=20%,
- If you're creating
a business card with bleeds in Photoshop, you need to begin your new
file with the following settings: (follow similar procedures and resolutions
for most files created in Photoshop)
- Then pull your
guides out from your rules to form the following template.
- Small colored
text is not recommended regardless of the program, because any text
that is colored contains "tints" if the color is not a 100%
tint of one of the CMYK colors. Mis-registration between process colors,
usually handled by "trapping" may cause such text to be blurry.
- Versions 5.5 and
older should save the file as a TIFF with LZW Compression turned off.
here for very important notes on color