- Things You Should Know
- File Prep
- Print Specs
When you design a large-size card or oversized postcard, it's important to print on a stock that has enough substance to hold up and not flop over like a handful of wet noodles. This hefty 22pt thick uncoated cardstock is up to the task and will look great while performing. Clubcard Vancouver prints large cards on Cougar Brand 165lb DTC - double thick cover weight stock which equals 22pt in thickness in custom and standard sizes from 6" x 8" up to 8.5" x 11".
To provide you with outstanding colour consistency and beautiful image reproduction, your large cards will be printed on a state of the art Hewlett Packard Indigo printing press that utilizes a hybrid mix of the best of offset and digital printing technology to ensure your large cards print perfectly every time.
Whatever design you have in mind, you can trust that we will bring over two decades of print expertise and knowledge to the table ensuring your cards look great!
Full Ink Coverage Not Recommended Full coverage (aka floods of ink) on uncoated stocks are not recommended on this Indigo printed card stock. We use a liquid suspended based toner on this print method and the overall result of covering uncoated stocks in this toner will produce a low sheen instead of a matte appearance. Heavy coverage may also highlight the appearance of natural fibres on uncoated stocks. If your art / design includes heavy ink coverage and you want cards with a matte appearance we recommend one of our laminated stocks.
Heavy Coverage? Think Twice
Heavy ink coverage can be problematic. When the cards rub together, the ink can rub off. Heavy coverage makes this more apparent. This can also be an issue for corner rounding, so we generally advise clients with heavy coverage not to round corners.
Small Fonts Aren't Good
The minimum recommended text size is 6pt. With any small text, if grey use a black ink only version; if black, use 100% K.
Thin Lines Aren't Good
Anything thinner than a hairline stroke (0.25") - even at 100% K may look choppy when printed due to Indigo print resolution.
Indigo Resolution Is Different Than Offset
There is a screen to the Indigo print which customers should be aware of if they're comparing to traditional offset printing.
Minimum Line Thickness Of 0.5pt
Try to keep all line weights for graphics over 0.5pt. Anything under that can break up in the texture of the stipple.
For Small Elements, Simple Colour Builds Are Better
When working with small elements like lines or text, a simpler colour build is best to avoid misregistration. For example, 0/0/0/90 is a much better build than 20/20/20/40.
Proofing Will Delay Production Timelines
Orders with proofs will not begin print production until the proof is approved. If you are ordering rush printing and printed proofs the proof printing cannot be rushed.
PDF Layout Proofs: PDF layout proofs will be sent within 1 business day, rush orders will be given priority and sent asap during business hours. If file adjustments are required after the proof is sent the turnaround time is based on the time of final proof approval.
Printed Proofs | Photos of Proofs | Mailed Proofs: Printed proofs and photos of printed proofs require up to 4 business days to produce and cannot be rushed. If file adjustments are required after the proof is sent the turnaround time is based on the time of final proof approval.
Technical Specifications + Templates
Bleeds: all files must have a 1/8" bleed on each side
Live Area: keep all critical text and artwork 1/8" inside the trim
Colours: supply your files in CMYK colour (Pantone/RGB colours will be converted or rejected)
Resolution: 300 dpi minimum (400 dpi preferred)
Fonts: fonts must converted to curves/outlines (we do not accept fonts).
Transparencies: flatten all transparencies
Types Of Files We Accept: MAC & PC files from Photoshop (PSD), Illustrator (EPS or AI), CorelDraw (CDR or EPS), Adobe Acrobat PDF, TIFF or JPEG.
|Trim Size||File Size||Template|
|Large Card||6" x 8"||6.25" x 8.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Large Card||6" x 8.5"||6.25" x 8.75"||DOWNLOAD|
|Large Card||6" x 9"||6.25" x 9.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|Large Card||6.25" x 9"||6.5" x 9.25"||UNAVAILABLE|
|Large Card||4.5" x 12.5"||4.75" x 12.75"||UNAVAILABLE|
|X-Large Card||6" x 11"||6.25" x 11.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|X-Large Card||7" x 10"||7.25" x 10.25"||DOWNLOAD|
|X-Large Card||5" x 14"||5.25" x 14.25"||UNAVAILABLE|
|Letter-Size Card||8.5" x 11"||8.75" x 11.25"||DOWNLOAD|
Digital-offset printing using Indigo liquid ink technology
22pt Domtar Cougar Double Thick Cover, 10% post-consumer waste, (160lb)
Full Colour Both Sides (4/4) or Full Colour One Side (4/0), using HP ElectroInk