A bitmap (e.g. JPEG, PNG, GIF) is made up of thousands of tiny squares or 'pixels'. These pixels are all the same size, but can be in a huge range of colours. The amount of pixels shown in an image is called 'resolution'. When there are lots of pixels and an image looks smooth or photographic, that's 'high resolution'. When there are less pixels an image might look blocky or 'pixelated'.
A vector image is more sophisticated: it uses X and Y coordinates to plot each point on a line or curve. This means that vector images are scalable and can be enlarged to billboard size while maintaining smooth edges.
Where possible, we recommend saving graphic designs, text and line art as 'vector based' PDFs. This is possible in applications like Adobe Illustrator, Adobe InDesign and more recent version of Adobe Photoshop.
This is the portion of your design that will be trimmed off when the card is cut to the final size. Its purpose is to make sure your design or image reaches right to the very edge of the cards, leaving no unsightly white edges.
If you're designing cards before you upload, you'll need to make your artwork 'Full Bleed' size. At Monkey Puzzle Marketing, we need a 3mm bleed on all documents.
Programs such as InDesign, Illustrator and Photoshop allows you to add bleed. However if you need any help, just give us a call.
Safe area - To keep your text within those boundaries.
Trim mark - This is where your document gets cut off.
This stage is very important to ensure that the product is printed as you expect.
Key areas to check, Spelling (and grammar), Phone numbers, email, addresses, dates and times.
You can use any font you like, as long as it's embedded into the document.
What file types can I upload?
AI, INDD, PSD, JPG and our favourite PDF.
Spiral Bind: Wire or Plastic
Saddle Stitched: 2 Staples
Perfect Bound: Soft cover or Glue bound
We would require 2 PDF files.
One PDF should have single pages that contain artwork for the front and back perfect bound covers, and if you are having the covers printed inside, there should be an additional 2 pages.
The second PDF should contain artwork for Perfect Bound spine. The thickness will vary depending on the number of inner pages being inserted.
Please find templates attached for the various folder siz-es, i.e. A5 or A4, landscape and portrait.
Our automatic online proofing system only accepts PDF files, no other formats.
Please read our artwork preparation guidelines to help you prepare correct print ready files and prevent any issues with your final printed material.
When creating your project, your software program may give you the choice of working in RGB or CMYK. At MonkeyPuzzle Marketing we print using CMYK, so it's best if you can work in CMYK or Spot colours before uploading your proofs. This prevents any colour shift that can happen if we convert your document ourselves.
Please bear in mind that colours can look different on your screen compared to a printed page. This is because screens are backlit whereas a print reflects colour. If colour is critical, get in touch and we'll do our best to get the result you want. For more information on colour guide download our colour guide document.