Why pay for Business Card design? When you can design online for free! That’s Right, FREE.
We have a range of Free Business Card Templates for you to use with our Designer Interface to give you the lowest price professional looking printed products on the market.
3 Simple Steps to Design Business Cards Free Online
Step 1 – Watch our 5 min Tutorial
Click on our free 5 minute video tutorial below. This will show just how easy it is to design your business cards online using our free designer interface.
Step 2 – Choose your Business Cards to be printed
Choose the shape and style of your Business Cards. Then on the “Artwork Type” scroll bar, simply choose “Design Online” Then click on the “Personalise Button”
A customer who found us on a popular search engine phoned us up this morning and said that he was looking for a local brochure printing service who could help him out with both the print and design of his idea. He was after somebody to give him some brochure design inspiration, and help with making a concept eye-catching to its viewers.
We continued the conversation about local printing services, and how there used to be a letterpress printing business just up the road from his local pub. After a short moment of reminiscing about the good old days, we soon caught up with the times of online printing services taking over the UK with great prices and fast turnaround. You would have never through that it would be so easy to order print on demand without have to take a step outside of the home or office.
He said “Actually, I just remembered that I was looking for a printing shop near me that can do some good quality wedding invitation printing.” I quickly made him aware that Print Papa are not just an online web to print shop, but also offer both an online print designer interface, aswell as a bespoke artwork design service.
As you may have heard the words “Spot UV” and where wandering what is all the craze about. Well here we will explain what this brilliant new technique is, and how it can make your print designs look extra special.
What is Spot UV?
Well before you understand what Spot UV is, you will first need to understand how UV coating works.
Typically, a UV coating method consists of printed sheets being fed through the rollers of a UV coater, which simultaneously drench them with UV coated varnish to cover the entire sheets. After the sheets are coated, they are then fed further under UV and Infra Red lamps that instantly dry the sheets and give them a beautiful glossy finish.
Spot UV uses a very similar process. But rather than the UV coating being drenched all over the printed sheets, it is distributed cleverly through a film with die-cut markings. This process ensures that only the selective parts that you want are glossy, as opposed to the entire sheet. And from this method, you have a beautiful, and selectively coated product, that stands out from all the others.
Why Spot UV?
Spot UV undoubtedly gives your printed business cards, folders and postcards a truly elegant look and feel. It bonds a relationship with your eyes and the light, giving your printed products an extra shine when you look at it from different angles. When you combine Spot UV with Matt lamination you get an even more special look and feel. This is because part of the printed product is smooth and without glare, whilst the other ‘selective part’ is glossy and partially reflective. End result, an ultimate contrast of smooth, silky, and selectively shiny.
How to create Spot UV artwork?
When you are creating a print ready file for spot uv printing, the artwork has to be made in a specific way. You can either create 2 pdf files, one with the design and the other with the spot uv layer correctly positioned in the areas you want the spot UV to be placed. Or you can create a multiple page PDF where you are placing separate layers (preferably a spot magenta) so they are clearly differentiated from the printed artwork.
We create Spot UV artwork for FREE!
If you print your Spot UV products with Print Papa, and we are doing your design for you, then we will add the spot UV layers for free. Simply speak to one of our staff members and they will be happy to assist you. All our artwork designers are trained on creating Spot UV files, and they are ready to take on your next project.
If any part on your document layout makes contact with the document border then you will have to use a bleed. The technique is to place the background objects so that they go over the border where the document will be cropped after printing.
The word Bleed is used for all objects that extend beyond the border off your document.
For Example: You are working on a flyer with images against the sides of your pages. You will have to supply us with a document slightly larger than the final document size you require.
After the flyer is printed, it will then be cropped to its proper size. The bleed in your document provides the cropping some room for error. During the cropping process, the paper can expand or contract, the cropping machine could be setup incorrect, or the person working on the flyer could make a mistake. There are many factors that could cause problems with the cropping. If you were not using bleed, then the images / background colour would not be neatly aligned with the side of your printed document.
Example Image: Left Side is with crop marks, and Right Side is Cropped Image
The Two Types of Bleed
A bleed can be a full bleed or partial bleed. A full bleed has objects running across your document on all four sides. With a partial bleed you will have a few of the parts running off the document.
For every job you send to us you will need to place cropmarks on your document. Most industry standard programs on the market will do this automatically, however on some applications this task will need to be done manually. For most jobs we require the crop marks to be between a minimum of 2mm to 3 mm.
In most programs you will not see the crop marks until you launch the exported file i.e. print ready PDF.
Example image of crop marks in a PDF Export
Adobe InDesign Bleed Settings
The settings in InDesign are available by following the new file option. You will need to press the ‘more options’ button before they become visible. If you already have a document open then you can find them in the File > Document Setup Option.
Adobe InDesign Bleed Settings
Bleed Settings in Photoshop
Bleed is not a native element in Photoshop. In other words: There are no bleed settings available in Photoshop when you make a new document.
However, it is possible to create a bleed manually by placing the bleed size to the document size. For Example: If your flyer would be A5 (210mm x 148mm) then you would add 3mm to all document sizes, making the image 216mm x 154mm.
Bleed Settings in Photoshop
If you are adding bleed to your document size in Photoshop, then it will also be a good idea to create some custom crop marks in your document that your printer will understand. You can achieve this by either creating them in Adobe Illustrator and importing them, or alternatively make 2px lines (in a 300dpi document).
Bleed Settings for CorelDraw X5
If you are using CordelDraw X5 then you can create your page in the size you require with the extra 3mm coming out of the edge. Then to save it as a Print-Ready PDF you will have to choose the ‘Publish to PDF’ option followed by ticking the boxes in Prepress tab for Bleed and Crop Marks. See our example below:
Publish to PDF Bleed Settings in CorelDraw X5
You can enter the bleed amount in the box next to the ‘Bleed Limit’ and it will automatically add the amount to all 4 edges. We recommend a minimum of 2mm.
Rather Get it All Done by Print Papa?
We can create your artwork, or convert your existing RGB files to CMYK Print-Ready PDF format with bleed and cropmarks from as little as £25.
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