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Creating Print-Ready Files

To ensure the best possible results, we'll explain in detail; file types, colors, borders, fonts, file inspection and more.

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To ensure the best possible results, we suggest that you familiarize yourself with our print specifications and guidelines. We do our best to provide you with detailed information while trying to avoid fancy print jargon. We understand that some of these specifications can be difficult to understand from time to time so, if you ever have a question, please do not hesitate to ask.

File Types
Single-page PDFs are best for each file (front, back, spot UV mask files, etc.).  Our system currently doesn’t support PDFs with multiple pages. In addition to PDF files, we also accept JPEG & TIFF files with our automated file upload and preview system.  

Other accepted file types are AI, EPS and PSD files. Using these file types may delay the preview and proofs as they will need to be reviewed manually. If you ever need assistance in converting your files, please do not hesitate to ask.

All files should be created and saved as CMYK. We can convert RGB files for you, but please be aware the colors will not print the same as what you see on your screen.  We do not print Pantone PMS Spot Colors.

Bleed and Crop Marks
Most products require a bleed of 0.0625" on all sides. A larger bleed area is fine, even though a warning will appear when you upload.  Check the preview carefully to make sure everything is in the right place.

Crop marks are not needed, but you may include them if you prefer. Including crop marks may display a warning about your file dimensions.

For projects created in programs like Photoshop or as a JPG or TIF file (raster images), Primoprint recommends a resolution of 300DPI.  

Though vector (Illustrator, Corel Draw) and PDF files do not have a resolution, images or photos placed into your vector graphic or PDF should be 300DPI and converted to CMYK before inserting into your design. Adding images to a vector graphic do not change their format.

For best results, convert all fonts to outlines or embed the fonts in the PDF when saving or exporting.


Primoprint recommends using our provided layout templates for Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator.  You can download our templates here.

Primoprint does accept borders on jobs. However, we do not recommend them on smaller pieces like business cards and hang tags.

Having border can make even the slightest shift more noticeable to the eye. While we can not avoid this possible shift, removing the borders helps to minimize the appearance of the 0.0625” shift.

Rounded Corners
Primoprint offers both 1/4’’ (0.25’’) and 1/8’’ (0.125) round radius on some standard size business cards and postcards. You have the option to select to have all four corners rounded or two opposite corners rounded.

File Inspection
Before getting started with your project, our Processing Team inspects each file to make sure they are print ready.  If they have any concerns, they will place your order on hold and contact you.

Please note, Processing will check the files specs but does not proofread, question aesthetic design choices, verify QR codes, etc. Orders submitted with these errors are not subject to a refund or reprint once the order has entered production. Please ensure your files meet all of your design and copy needs before submission.

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