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For best results please follow the Voter Contact guidelines.

FILE FORMAT:

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

FILE SIZE:

The maximum acceptable combined file size for all uploads on a sinle file is 50MB (megabytes).

RESOLUTION:

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.

use high res images for print.

COLOR MODE:

All color artwork and/or images must be provided in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color format.
All black & white artworks and/or images must be provided in grayscale color mode.
Heavy black ink might cause smearing.
If you provide us a file in a format that is not CMYK you may not be happy witht the final results.

 

BLEED:

What's a bleed?

Bleed is color or images that go pat the official edge of the design. This portion of the product that may be trimmed off when it is 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 product. Due to the possibility of shifting in the trimming process, a bleed is required to ensure that a white line does not show on the edges of your product.

We require ALL files to be built to the full bleed dimension specified for each trim size.

We automatically trim the bleed off of each side, which will result in the proper dimension for the final product.

For example: all business cards require a 0.1" bleed to each dimension (or 0.05" bleed on all four sides). Thus, a 2" x 3.5" business card would have a bleed size 2.1" x 3.6". Please visit our Political Templates page and design your files based on these templates to ensure proper bleed.

Add 0 .1" bleed to each dimension (or 0.05" bleed on all four sides) for the following products:

Add 0.125" (1/8") bleed to each dimension (or 0.0625" bleed on all four sides) for the following products:

Add 0.325" bleed to each dimension for all special shapes.

Add 0.1875" bleed to each dimension for roll labels (or 0.09375" bleed on all four sides for square or rectangle roll labels).

Add 0.225" bleed to each dimension (or 0.1125" bleed on all four sides) for presentation folders, except for the 9" x 12", which has a bleed of 0.3".

Add 0.375" bleed to each dimension (or 0.1875" bleed on all four sides) for booklets, calendars, and catalogs.

CROP MARKS:

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

Crop Zone Example

FONTS:

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)

SAFE ZONE:

All critical elements that you don't want trimmed should be in the safezone- (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.

BORDERS:

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

DIMENSIONS:

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