Flyers and Brochures

Description:
Full-colour brochures are an affordable and easily portable way to inform others about your businesses products and services. Many folding and finishing options are available.
 
Please Note:
To minimize (not prevent) cracking please select the "Scoring" option under the Select Features section.
Step 1: CMYK not RGB
All artwork should be sent in CMYK and not in RGB. Please ensure that all embedded images are CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) files. RGB images may look good on your screen but final output to print is always in CMYK. One should be aware that files converted from RGB to CMYK may alter the colour composition significantly! CMYK not RGB
 
Step 2: Bleed, Crop Area and Type Safety:
Bleed: Whenever your artwork extends to the edge of a document, you must set up a bleed area so that when your work is being printed it doesn’t get cut-off irregularly at the edges and leave ugly white lines. Therefore, your artwork should extend 1/8″ (.125 inches) beyond the live area of your document whenever necessary. This means that if your business card is 2 x 3.5″ when it’s finished, then your document should be 2.25 x 3.75″ when you are designing the piece.

Crop Area: The trim line is simply the line that shows where your document is going to be cut, and is usually 1/8″ after the bleed. So if your page is going to be 8.5 x 11″ when it’s done, the trim line would make an 8.5 x 11″ box inside your document.

Type Safety: The safety line is an additional 1/8″ inside the trim line. All of your artwork and text should be inside this box to ensure that it is not cut-off when the page is cut.

Visit out template section by clicking here to ensure your files are setup correctly.

 
Correct: Image extends to bleed box and type is within type safety area
Bleed ok
 
 
Incorrect: Image does not extend to bleed box and type is too close to the cutting line.
Bleed wrong
 
Step 3: Border Thickness
It is strongly suggested that you do not use a thin border around your artwork. This may cause an uneven frame around your card when cutting. If you desire to have a border, it should be at least 1/4" (.25 inches) thick.
 
Step 4: Image Quality
If you design something for the web, your images are usually 72 dpi (Dots Per Inch), which is standard for screen resolution. For most print projects, you’re going to need more than 4 times that resolution: 300 dpi. If you try and print your files at 72 dpi you will end up with blurry, fuzzy pictures. So always make sure all images in your artwork are at least 300dpi.
 
Correct: Image will print clear and crisp
300dpi
 
incorrect: Image will print blurry and fuzzy.
72dpi
 
Step 5: Rich Black
To create Rich Black, you can use a mixture of 30% Cyan, 30% Magenta, 60% Yellow and 100% Black. Rich Black is best used for larger areas of black, and not on thin lines or text. If you use it on small body text or thin lines, the inks could saturate and blur the artwork.

100K Black is created using, a mixture of 0% Cyan, Magenta and Yellow, with 100% Black. For large areas, 100K Black would just look gray. For small text, it helps keep the text sharp as there is no combination of CMYK to register.

Rich Black
Step 6: Check Overprint
When overprint is applied, instead of knocking out elements behind the foreground elements, one ink is printed over another. Which really isn't that bad if that is what you want—it almost looks like a transparency type effect. Here are three squares — magenta, cyan and yellow. The first image overprint fill is turned off. The second image overprint fill is turned on:
Overprint

A classic mistake is when a white foreground element is layed on top of a black background element and overprint fill is applied to the white foreground element. It will look just fine in the pdf file (unless you have the overprint preview selected) but when it is separated in your printer's rip, the white will disappear.

The simple thing to remember is to never apply overprint fill to a foreground element that is lighter than the background. There may be some exception to this rule, but this is a general rule of thumb.

Overprint
 
Step 7: Orientation
When submitting your artwork for a double sided design the top of your artwork (Head) should match the top of the back of the artwork. The first example below is correct where the text is facing the same way for the front and the back. The second and third example are incorrect as the text is upside down on one side
 
Orientation
 
Here are some other examples of acceptable layouts:
 
When dealing with folded jobs that open vertically the front and the back are always facing the opposite directions:
Folded
Folded
Our templates include bleed, trim and a safety area for text to help you build your digital files correctly. PC users will need WinZip and MAC users will need Stuffit Expander to uncompress these files after downloading them. Please click the appropriate program logo for the product template needed. If you require any assistance with our templates or don't see the template you want listed, please either email mailto:prepress@5000cards.com or call 1.866.689-BOSS for further assistance.
100lb Gloss Text
Acid Free, semi-gloss, Bright white, Clean cut text and solid color performance. Used for magazine/catalog covers, cd jewel case pages, coupon mailers, presentation projects.
100lb High Gloss UV
Same quality as 80lb heavier for higher precision in color/wearability.
100lb Silk Text
100lb Silk Text Stock is great for flyers,brochures, and posters where an upscale look is desired.  It is 92 Bright,with 30% post consumer recycled content.
70lb Linen uncoated
Our high quality white linen stock is excellent for leaving an elegant impression. The textured and delicate feel is popular for business cards and postcards when a classic professional look is desired.
70lb Premium Offset Uncoated
This premium stock has a rich feel to it and is perfect for letterheads and envelopes. It is FSC certified.
80lb Recycled Stock
Our high quality white linen stock is excellent for leaving an elegant impression. The textured and delicate feel is popular for business cards and postcards when a classic professional look is desired.

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