Preparing Files



Have trouble deciding on what you want or aren't sure how to make your idea look amazing on paper? Have us design it for you!


Once you have your ideal look and know what product you want to show it off with, send it over and we will make sure it looks perfect on your next project.


The process will take anywhere from 1-7 days to get the product to your door!


We accept the following file formats TIF, TIFF, JPG, EPS, PNG, AI, PSD, and PDF.
The maximum acceptable combined file size for all uploads is 50MB (megabytes).
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.
highRes vs LoRes
All color artwork and/or images must be provided in CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) color mode.
All black & white artworks and/or images must be provided in grayscale color mode.
Heavy black ink might cause smearing.
What's a bleed?
Bleed is the portion of the product that will 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 desired trim size.
For example: all business cards except for the 2" x 3.5" with round corners and 2.17" x 3.35" with round corners 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 download templates page and design your files on these templates to ensure proper bleed.
Please build your print-ready digital files by adding the appropriate bleed to your file.
Add 0 .1" bleed to each dimension (or 0.05" bleed on all four sides) for the following products:
  • business cards (For the 2" x 3.5" with round corners and 2.17" x 3.35" with round corners, add 0.325" bleed)
  • bookmarks
  • CD packages
  • club flyers
  • collectors cards
  • DVD packages
  • event tickets
  • postcards (For the 4" x 6" postcard with round corners and 5.5" x 8.5" postcards with round corners, add 0.325" bleed)
  • rack cards
  • rip business cards
  • rolodex
  • stickers
  • table tents
  • tent cards
Add 0.125" (1/8") bleed to each dimension (or 0.0625" bleed on all four sides) for the following products:
  • brochures
  • door hangers
  • envelopes
  • flyers
  • hang tags
  • letterhead
  • mini menus
  • notepads
  • posters
  • staggered cut flyers
  • posters (wide)
  • banners
  • window clings
  • window decals
  • yard signs
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.
Please build your press-ready digital files by adding crop marks.
Lines indicating where the paper should be cut to produce the correct size.
crop zones
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)
All critical elements (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.
Please allow 1/16" cutting space around your card. No borders are recommended, as shifting in the cutting process may make borders appear uneven.
We do not recommend crossover images and/or copy, as these elements may be lost in the gutter and may not line up after binding.
Please keep all critical images and/or copy within the Safe Zone to ensure these elements are clearly visible and there are no line-up registration issues when the product is bound.
perfect binding pagesetup
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
By submitting your order with Center City Print, you guarantee that the printed matter is legal, and customer agrees to hold Center City Print harmless in any suit arising regarding the legality of illustration or other printed materials that are degrading, libelous, harmful to reputation, or an infringement of trademark, trade name, trade secrets, and copyright laws. Further, the customer guarantees the matter is not copyrighted or trademarked by any other party and that copyright or trademark symbols have not been removed. Materials may or may not have a copyright or trademark symbol, but are still entitled to protection. Know your sources before submitting your work for reproduction. Furthermore, you agree to compensate Center City Print for all actual costs, liabilities, reasonable attorney fees, and any other expenses associated with any infringement action.