September 16, 2019

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Print Specifications Policy

It is the customer's responsibility that print files submitted to Profound meet these printing specifications.

Need help or a second opinion? Select Profound's 7 Point Print Check and let us check your files for you. Profound's 7 Point Print Check ensures your files meet proper printing specifications including: Color, Size, Bleed, Paper, Cut, Fold and Complete Files Set.Should Profound find any problems with your files you will be notified and advised of steps to take to correct the error. This service is available for an additional $29. To take advantage of this service, please select it when you place your order.

Preparing Files
For best results please follow our guidelines.

We accept the following file formats TIF, TIFF, JPG, EPS, PNG, AI, PSD, and PDF.

The maximum file size acceptable for upload is 30MB (megabytes) per file.

All file formats must have a minimum of 350 dpi (dot per inch) resolution.
The images designed for the web are done at a low screen resolution of 72 dpi. Print images need to be created at 350 dpi or there will be a substantial drop in the image quality.

All color artwork and/or images must be provided in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color mode.
All black & white artworks and/or images must be provided in grayscale color mode.
Heavy black ink might cause smearing.

Please build your press-ready digital files by adding 0 .1" dimension for business cards, postcards, and rackcards. Add 0.125" for all other products.

We require ALL files to be built to the full bleed dimension specified for each trim size. We automatically trim 0.05" or 0.0625" off each edge, which will result in the desired trim size. Simply add 0.1" or 0.125" to the overall dimension of your digital layout. Example: a 5" x 7" would have a bleed size of 5.1" x 7.1" and a 8.5"x11" flyer would have a bleed size of 8.625"x11.125".

What's a bleed?
It is the portion of the card that will be trimmed off when cut to the final size.

Why bleed?
The purpose of a bleed is to continue a color, image or design to the edge of the card.

Please build your press-ready digital files by adding crop marks. Lines indicating where the paper should be cut to produce the correct size.

a. Fonts must be embedded in PDF files.
b. Fonts must be outlined or converted to paths or curves in EPS files.
c. Some fonts have copyright restrictions and will not embed in PDF Files.
d. Quark Express: Fonts and images must be included with all files submitted. (Mac only)

All critical elements (text, images, logos, etc.) must be kept at least 0.125" inside the edge. Anything left close to edge may be cut off during trimming.

Please allow 1/16" cutting space around your card. No borders are recommended, as shifting in the cutting process may make borders appear uneven.


Products Final Print Size - 350dpi Size with Bleed - 350dpi
Business Cards
  • 2"x3.5"
  • Pixels: 700x1225
  • 2.1"x3.6"
  • Pixels: 735x1260
  • 4"x6"
  • Pixels: 1400x2100
  • 4.1"x6.1"
  • Pixels: 1435x2135
  • 4.25"x5.5"
  • Pixels: 1488x1925
  • 4.35"x5.6"
  • Pixels: 1522x1960
  • 5"x7"
  • Pixels: 1750x2450
  • 5.1"x7.1"
  • Pixels: 1785x2485
  • 5.5"x8.5"
  • Pixels: 1925x2975
  • 5.6"x8.6"
  • Pixels: 1960x3010
  • 4"x9"
  • Pixels: 1400x3150
  • 4.1"x9.1"
  • Pixels: 1435x3185

Profound 7 Point Print Check

Profound offers a 7 Point Print Check for $29 to ensure that print files submitted for printing meet the Printing Specifications Policy. To take advantage of this service, please select it when you place your order.

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