Please read and follow our DIY Artwork Guidelines when supplying your own artwork for printing. Design at your own risk as there are many variables to consider when designing artwork for printing. For best results, ask a Designer!
Format: 1 PDF page per side (Front & Back)
Size: 86x54mm +3mm bleed (92x60mm total)
Margin: 3mm from bleed
Colour: CMYK (Spot colours removed)
Fonts: Convert to outlines
Saltprint will accept a range of file formats for printing. We prefer PDF files, but also accept PSD, AI, INDD, EPS, TIF, JPG and PNG (High Res). We also accept Word DOC files, Publisher PUB files, and Powerpoint PPT files.
Use these FREE templates to design your artwork, and then save/export your artwork as a PDF file. Save one PDF page for the front, and a seperate PDF page for the back. You can also submit your artwork file in the original format (eg Word DOC) if you can't save a PDF.
Download our FREE templates here:
BUSINESS CARD ARTWORK SIZE
86 x 54mm (+3mm bleed)
Our standard business card size is trimmed to a final size of 86x54mm (like a credit card). Your artwork needs to include a 3mm bleed on each side, making a total artwork size of 92x60mm.
BLEEDS & MARGINS (IMPORTANT!)
Business card artwork must have a 3mm bleed on each side. The bleed area is trimmed off so that printing can go right to the edge. Business Card artwork including the bleed is a total of 92x60mm.
As well as a 3mm bleed on the outside, we also recommend leaving a 3mm margin inside from the edge, as trimming can naturally shift in any direction. Keep important type and graphics at least 3mm away from the trim line, and avoid using borders too close to the edge.
Adobe Illustrator & InDesign
Adobe Illustrator and InDesign let you set a 3mm bleed under File > Document Setup.
Document or Artboard size should be set to 86x54mm, and 3mm bleed for each side. See our blank templates above.
When saving/exporting your final business card artwork as a PDF, ensure you tick the "Use Document Bleed Settings" under the PDF Marks & Bleeds section.
Canva lets you set a custom size for a new template, which you can set to 92x60mm which includes a 3mm bleed on each side. Using a document size of 86x54mm can also work, as long as you include the "Bleed & Crop Marks" setting when saving your final "PDF for Print".
Most Canva business card templates are a different size (85x50mm), and can only be changed as a Premium Canva customer - to the correct size of 86x54mm. We can still work with a different sized business card, but may need to charge for editing to correct the size & bleeds.
Read more about using Canva for Saltprint business cards.
If your business card artwork is the correct size with correct bleeds, then crop marks and other printer marks are not required. Please don't include extra marks if possible.
Business cards with round corners do not need any special edits. You can select round corners when ordering your business cards.
Save your final artwork in the highest quality setting available.
Images such as photos in your artwork must have a resolution of 300dpi (dots per inch). Images that have a lower resolution may print pixelated or fuzzy.
Images taken from the internet often have a low resolution of only 72dpi and will very rarely print very well.
If you include low-resolution images in your artwork, you may or may not be warned by Saltprint, so please take care using only high quality images.
Full colour business cards use a CMYK colour format (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black). The colours on this screen are RGB colours (Red, Green, Blue).
Some bright & vibrant RGB colours that appear on your screen can not be printed in CMYK. Be careful when selecting colours on your printing, as some colours will print “dull” when compared to your computer screen.
The diagram below shows how some RGB screen colours will turn out as CMYK printed colours.
Programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator can convert all colours to CMYK. Programs such as Microsoft Office or Canva can not, so you must manually select colours which are not at risk.
If you supply us with RGB colours in your artwork, we will convert the colours to CMYK for you.
Spot colours including Pantone colours are an additional expense with full colour business cards. Remove or convert all spot colours to CMYK, or ask us to add an additional spot colour to your order.
If you supply us with spot colours in your artwork, we will convert the spot colours to CMYK for you.
Advanced Colour Tips
For the best control of the appearance of colour in your printed business cards, pay attention to the mix of CMYK colours. The colour you think you see on screen may in fact print differently because of the CMYK mix. Programs such as Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop are the best way to mix CMYK correctly.
Subtle differences of colour on screen can sometimes be lost when printing full colour. For example a 2% watermark on screen may be visible, but could disappear in print. Overcompensate in your artwork when using subtle colours or shades.
For a smooth & rich black print for backgrounds, use a CMYK black consisting of 40,40,10,100 or something similar. Pure black" 0,0,0,100 is suitable for type, but may not look as smooth or dark as the CMYK black. "Photoshop black" is typically too heavy (eg 75,68,67,90) and not recommended.
Using pure black ink to make a grey colour (eg 0,0,0,50) can look coarse in some circumstances. For a smoother appearance of grey, use a full colour mix such as 30,25,25,24 for example.
Orange & Green
Some colours use 2 or 3 inks to mix, such as orange (yellow + magenta) and green (yellow + cyan). These mixed inks use microscopic dots to give the impression of a solid colour, and can look coarser or finer depends on the specific mix of colour.
Brown is a muddy colour using 3 or more inks, and can print even more "muddy" without careful attention to the CMYK mix of colour. Limit the use of black in a brown to keep a more vibrant brown, and avoid using too much ink in the CMYK mix.
Supply us with PDF artwork, to avoid potential font problems when printing.
Adobe Photoshop Fonts
The best printing results for fonts in Adobe Photoshop are achieved by converting Type layers to Shape layers. When saving your final PDF artwork, ensure to save Layers; and Acrobat 6 (PDF 1.5) is the minimum compatibility.
Flattening fonts in Photoshop is convenient to do, but may not print as clearly as the method above.
Adobe Illustrator Fonts
Convert all fonts to outlines in Adobe Illustrator, before saving your final PDF artwork. If you require us to edit your artwork, then keep the fonts.
Rasterised type (even at 300dpi) will not print as clearly as vector type.
For best results using Microsoft Word, Publisher and Powerpoint, export your final business card artwork as a PDF. This will ensure you can see how your artwork looks.
If you supply us with a Word DOC file, Publisher PUB file or Powerpoint POT file, then the fonts you chose will be at risk of changing. Choosing "common" fonts in your Microsoft Office artwork will help to avoid font issues.