What type of files can I send to PRINT-KWIK?

We recommend saving as a .PDF (using the PDF-X1/a preset in Adobe® products). You may also send the file in the following types: jpg, jpeg, psd, tif, tiff, eps, ai, and png. We prefer that you send .PDF and .EPS files with outlined fonts and transparency flattened. These files are easier to handle and will likely speed up your turn-around.

At what resolution should I create my files?

All files should be 300ppi or greater. Lower resolution files may be printed as is upon your request, but you most likely will not like the output. We do not recommend sending low resolution files. Vector files are even better.

Why does my business card crack around the edges?

Cracking of the edges on a business card sometimes occurs when the card contains high values of ink, as in dark colors. This typically happens on a small amount of cards in the run. To minimizes this, use lighter colors or if you must use dark colors, use as little ink as possible.

What is Banding?

Many things can cause banding. Banding can be caused by the program that it is exported from, such as Indesign or Corel. Also, too many gradient steps, for example going from a very light color to a dark color, in a small area will cause banding. To minimize this, check your digital files before sending. If you use a gradient, make sure it has enough room for a smooth transition. Also, too few steps in a gradient can cause banding. Rasterizing your gradient, if possible, before sending will let you see any banding that may happen.

How should I setup my files for proper rotation?

All files are printed head-to-head as-is from the files submitted. The head is always the top of your file. Make sure your files are setup so that when printed HEAD-to-HEAD the final output will read the manner desired. Be sure the orientation of both the front and back file matched. Both files should be either vertical (portrait) or horizontal (landscape). Files not properly setup, will be printed using best judgment and will PRINT-KWIK will not be responsible for improper rotation.

Proper File Rotation

Proper File Rotation

In which color mode should I create my files?

All files should be created in CMYK mode. If you send us an RGB file, there is a chance that a color shift may occur and you may not be satisfied with your job. Below is an example of the color shift when an RGB file is printed CMYK.

RGB vs CMYK before

This is RGB Colors

RGB vs CMYK after

This is CMYK colors

How can I make sure my blues don't appear purple?

When using a blue in your design, always make sure to leave at least a 25% difference in your Cyan and Magenta values. Blue is close to purple in the CMYK spectrum. Remember, use a low amount of magenta whenever using high amounts of cyan to avoid purple. Example: 100-75-0-0

Prevent Blue Printing as Purple

On Screen




Prevent Blue Printing as Purple

After Printing