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Design Guidlines & Advice

Layout/Design Templates

File Setup Specs

File Prep Guidelines

Please take a minute to also read our COMMON ERRORS and SOLUTIONS page, which lists the most common errors that M13 Graphics has with digital files received from customers.
What is Bleed? - What is dpi or resolution?

To get started, please use one of our FREE TEMPLATES or follow this STEP-BY-STEP-GUIDE:

STEP 1 - Create a new document (File / New) for each side of your project.
For this example we would create one Photoshop document for the front side and another file for the back side.

STEP 2 - Enter the following document Information
Width: 6.25
Height: 4.25
Units: Inches
Color Mode: CMYK Color

These specifications apply whether you are creating a new image, scanning, or resizing an existing image.

Step 3 - Set Bleed Guides
Drag four guides from the rulers exactly 1/8” (.125) on each side. This will be where your printed piece will trim and will leave you with the final size that you ordered (in this example, 4” x 6”).

Be careful, as text, borders, or images that are too close to the edge may appear uneven or get cut off. Also be sure to allow “full bleed” images to extend into the bleed area or the white of the paper may leak into the postcard image.

In the example above, the text "TYPE TOO CLOSE!" will get trimmed off, and the image will have a small strip of white on the right-hand-side.

Step 4 - U.S. Postal Regulations for Postcards
If you plan on mailing your postcards, the back-side layout must meet U.S. POSTAL REGULATIONS.

Step 5 - Check Image Resolution, Quality and Color
Please keep in mind that M13 Graphics only prints EXACTLY what is sent to us. We do not have the time or resources to alter or color correct your files. Image resolution, quality and good color all will affect how your final printed piece looks.

High Resolution 300 dpi Image

Low Resolution 72dpi Image

To prevent bad looking images your file(s) should meet some basic standards of quality and color:

Resolution: 300 dpi (dots per inch)
Front or Outside Color Mode: CMYK
Back or Inside Color Mode: CMYK
Other image quality/color issues: JPEG
Compression, Adobe Illustrator Color Settings,
Digital Camera Settings.

Step 6 - Make Large Black Objects and Images “Rich”
For black borders, headlines, and large black text to appear dark and saturated (or rich), you should set your CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) values to:

CYAN = 30%
MAGENTA = 30%
YELLOW = 30%
K - BLACK = 100%

Step 7 - Flatten Image
Flatten your Photoshop document by using the menu in the layers palette and choosing "Flatten Image". Or go to the Layer Menu / Flatten Image. This will remove all layers and reduce the size of your file significantly.

Step 8 - Save and Prepare for Upload
Save your file(s) in .JPEG format. To save as a JPEG file, go to the menu File and then select Save As... and select JPEG from the format list. Be sure to save with a Quality no smaller than 10. DO NOT USE THE SAVE FOR WEB OPTION.

After saving your files, you are ready to Upload them to us for print.

Template Downloads

Below are templates for you to download for the most common sizes that we print. All Photoshop *.psd files are 300 dpi/CMYK color mode.

Banner

Size (W x H)

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108x24
108x36
108x48
120x24
120x36
120x48
24x108
24x120
24x24
24x36
24x48
24x60
24x72
24x84
24x96
36x108
36x120
36x24
36x36
36x48
36x60
36x72
36x84
36x96
48x108
48x120
48x24
48x36
48x48
48x60
48x72
48x84
48x96
60x24
60x36
60x48
72x24
72x36
72x48
84x24
84x36
84x48
96x24
96x36
96x48

Booklet

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5
4.25x5.5
4.75x4.75
5.5x4.25
5.5x8.5
6x9
8.5x11
8.5x5.5
9x6

Bookmark

Size (W x H)

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2x6

Brochure

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5 Half Fold
11x8.5 Trifold Inside
11x8.5 Trifold Outside
14x8.5 4-Panel
14x8.5 Half Fold
14x8.5 Trifold Inside
14x8.5 Trifold Outside
17x11 4-Panel
17x11 Half Fold
17x11 Trifold Inside
17x11 Trifold Outside
25.5x11 Trifold Inside
25.5x11 Trifold Outside
8.5x5.5 Half Fold

Bumper Sticker

Size (W x H)

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10x3
11x3

Business Card

Size (W x H)

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2x2
2x3.5
3.5x2

Business Card Sharing

Size (W x H)

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2x3.5
3.5x2

Calendar

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5
12x11
12x12
4.25x5.5
4.75x4.75
5.5x4.25
5.5x8.5
6x9
8.5x11
8.5x5.5
9x6

Catalog

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5
4.25x5.5
4.75x4.75
5.5x4.25
5.5x8.5
6x9
8.5x11
8.5x5.5
9x6

Door Hanger

Size (W x H)

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3.5x8.5
3x8
4.25x11
4x12
4x18
4x9

Drink Coaster

Size (W x H)

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Circle (3.5x3.5)
Rounded Square (3.5x3.5)
Rounded Square (4x4)

EDDM Postcard

Size (W x H)

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10x8
11x8.5
11x9
12x15
12x6.5
12x9
15x12
6.5x12
6.5x8
6.5x9
8.5x11
8x10
8x6.5
9x11
9x12
9x6.5

Flyer

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5
12x4
2x6
3x4
3x5
3x8
4.25x5.5
4.875x4.875
4x12
4x3
4x4
4x6
4x9
5.5x4.25
5.5x8.5
5x3
5x7
6x2
6x4
6x6
6x8
7x5
8.5x11
8.5x5.5
8x3
8x6
9x4

Flyer Sharing

Size (W x H)

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3x4
4.875x4.875
4x3
4x6
6x4

Foil Business Card

Size (W x H)

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3.5x2 Foil

Foldable Business Card

Size (W x H)

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2x7
3.5x4
4x3.5
7x2

Folded Card

Size (W x H)

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10x7
11x8.5 Half Fold
4x6
5.5x8.5
6x4
6x8
7x10
8.5x11
8.5x5.5 Half Fold
8x6

Greeting Card

Size (W x H)

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10x7
11x8.5 Half Fold
4x6
5.5x8.5
6x4
6x8
7x10
8.5x11
8.5x5.5 Half Fold
8x6

Hang Tag

Size (W x H)

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2x3.5
2x6
3.5x2
6x2

Invitation

Size (W x H)

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10x7
11x8.5 Half Fold
4x6
5.5x8.5
6x4
6x8
7x10
8.5x11
8.5x5.5 Half Fold
8x6

Letterhead

Size (W x H)

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8.5x11
8.5x14

Magazine

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5
4.25x5.5
4.75x4.75
5.5x4.25
5.5x8.5
6x9
8.5x11
8.5x5.5
9x6

Magnet

Size (W x H)

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3.5x2
3x4
4.25x5.5
4x6
5.5x8.5
6x8

Membership Card

Size (W x H)

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3.375x2.125

Menu

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5 Half Fold
11x8.5 Trifold Inside
11x8.5 Trifold Outside
14x8.5 4-Panel
14x8.5 Half Fold
14x8.5 Trifold Inside
14x8.5 Trifold Outside
17x11 4-Panel
17x11 Half Fold
17x11 Trifold Inside
17x11 Trifold Outside
17x14 Half Fold
25.5x11 Trifold Inside
25.5x11 Trifold Outside
25.5x14 Trifold Inside
25.5x14 Trifold Outside

Newsletter

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5 Half Fold
11x8.5 Trifold Inside
11x8.5 Trifold Outside
14x8.5 4-Panel
14x8.5 Half Fold
14x8.5 Trifold Inside
14x8.5 Trifold Outside
17x11 4-Panel
17x11 Half Fold
17x11 Trifold Inside
17x11 Trifold Outside
25.5x11 Trifold Inside
25.5x11 Trifold Outside
8.5x5.5 Half Fold

Notepad

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5
4.25x5.5
5.5x4.25
5.5x8.5
8.5x11
8.5x5.5

Pocket Folder

Size (W x H)

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9x12 Pocket Folder

Postcard

Size (W x H)

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11x6
12x6
4.25x6
4x6
4x9
5x7
6x11
6x12
6x4
6x4.25
6x8
6x9
7x5
8x6
9x4
9x6

Poster

Size (W x H)

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11x17
12x18
17x11
18x12
18x24
22x28
24x18
24x36
28x22
36x24

Poster - Short Run (1-50)

Size (W x H)

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12x18

Rack Card

Size (W x H)

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3.5x8.5
4x9
8.5x3.5
9x4

Rip Card

Size (W x H)

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3.5x11
3.5x8.5

Rip Door Hanger

Size (W x H)

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3.5x11
3.5x8.5

Sales Sheet

Size (W x H)

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11x17
11x8.5
14x8.5
17x11
8.5x11
8.5x14

Special Shaped Flyer

Size (W x H)

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2.5 Inch Circle
3.5 Inch Circle
3.5x2 Half Circle BK
3.5x2 Half Circle FR
3.5x2 Leaf BK
3.5x2 Leaf BK
4.5 Inch Circle
4x6 Coffin
5.5 Inch Circle
6.5x3.75 Football
6x6 Heart
6x6 Shamrock BK
6x6 Shamrock FR

Sticker

Size (W x H)

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2.5x2
2.5x2.5
2.5x3
2.5x3.5
2.5x4
2.5x4.5
2.5x5
2.75x2
2.75x4
2x2
2x2.5
2x2.75
2x3
2x3.25
2x3.5
2x4
2x4.5
2x5
2x6
3.25x2
3.5x2
3.5x2.5
3.5x3
3.5x3.5
3.5x4
3.5x4.5
3.5x5
3x2
3x2.5
3x3
3x3.5
3x4
3x5
3x5.5
3x6
3x8
4.25x5.5
4.5x2
4.5x2.5
4.5x3.5
4.5x4.5
4x2
4x2.5
4x2.75
4x3
4x3.5
4x4
4x5
4x5.5
4x6
5.5x3
5.5x4
5.5x4.25
5.5x5.5
5x2
5x2.5
5x3
5x3.5
5x4
5x5
6x2
6x3
6x4
6x6
6x8
8x3
8x6

Table Tent

Size (W x H)

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4x12
4x18

Ticket

Size (W x H)

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2x6
3x8
6x2
8x3

Wristband

Size (W x H)

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1x10