Design Guideline Copy
Here at Blitz we are committed to creating the ideal print products for you, we ask that you follow a few simple guidelines before submitting your files for a simple and hassle-free production process.
We also offer Blank Templates for you to place your files and check to see if they comply with our Design Guidelines.
TIP 1 - SIZE
Please submit the files at the correct size as the product you are ordering.
If you artwork has a bleed (see Tip 3), the file should be 0.25″ taller and 0.25″ wider than the product specs, for example the file for a 3.5″ x 2″ business card with bleed should be 3.75″ x 2.25″.
Do not send them on a larger artboard, for example a 3.5″ x 2″ business card design on a 8.5″ x 11″ page.
TIP 2 - SAFE AREA
The “safe area” is defined as the space that is at least 0.125″ away from the edge on all sides inwards.
This area is where your important content should go. Make sure any text or sensitive information is contained in the area, otherwise there is a possibility of it being too close to the edge or risk of being trimmed off.
Please have the safe area be at least 0.125″ away from the edge on all sides
TIP 3 - BLEED AREA
The “bleed area” is defined as the area that is at least 0.125″ away from the edge outwards.
This area is where you should extend your background colour/image (if applicable) to. It provides extra graphic so that when we trim, the background will fully extend to the edges without any white space. Note that everything in this area and beyond will be trimmed away.
If you have elements that extend to the edge or past it, you need to include a bleed.
If you have a blank/white background, you may ignore this tip.
TIP 4 - RESOLUTION
When supplying files, please ensure they have enough resolution for a high quality print.
If you designed your image in a vector program, such as Illustrator, and exported the image as a PDF, you may ignore this tip as vector images have infinite scalability and is exempt from resolution issues.
If you designed your image in a raster program, such as Photoshop, make sure your resolution is set to 300ppi and text layers are not merged.
TIP 5 - BORDER
We do not recommend having a border around the edge as even the slightest trimming imperfections will make the product look off-centred.
If a border must be included, we recommend making it as thick as possible and no less than 0.25″ thick.