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Business Cards Made Simple

Mon, Oct 2, 2017 @ 03:09 PM Amber Gauthier 0


Business cards are portable, versatile, inexpensive, and resourceful. A well-designed printed card is perfect for networking, including in an informational packet, or attached to products for reordering or contact information. Never underestimate the power of a well thought out business card that is professionally printed using full color commercial printing. Your business card represents you and your company, be sure it is perfect!

Follow the tips below to assist you in designing great cards with ease.

Business Card with an eye-catching front & informative back

1. Simplicity is Key.

With business cards, you have such a small space that you don’t want to over design. Keep it simple and clear.

2. Use the Back of the Card for Eye-Catching Imagery.

This is where you want to draw in your customers. The back of the card is a great place for a large version of your logo, an eye-catching image, or both!

3. Use the Front of the Card for Important Information.

Company Business Cards


Personal Business Cards

Simple front & back of a business card
    Company Name       Full Name
    Phone Number       Job Title
    Email Address       Phone Number
    • Website URL       Email Address
    Location       Website URL
    • Fax Number    
    Special Offers    
    Important Facts    

Matching Correspondence Pieces4. Design Your Correspondence Pieces to be Similar.

Be sure that your business cards, letterhead, envelopes, presentation folders and all stationary items have a consistent look and feel use similar colors that work well together.

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5. Use Our Templates to Help With the Layout.

By using our free templates, you will be less likely to have layout issues like including bleeds, safe zones, and trim area. Keep in mind that if you do not specifically request a proof at checkout, we will not provide one. If there are issues with the files that make it unable to print, we will reach out to you and have you make corrections to the file.

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Example of one of our customer's business cards6. Take Advantage of Full Color Printing.

Full color printing is less expensive than two color when you order with PrintingCenterUSA and the quality will impress your customers.

The standard business card size is 3.5” x 2” (3.75" x 2.25" with bleed) and the best quality at PrintingCenterUSA is 4/4 full color ink on 14pt gloss cover paper. You can also get UV coating on the full color sides to make your card look even more eye-catching.

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Church and Religious Printing Services


Helping churches and religious organizations nationwide find easy and affordable outreach church printing solutions is important to us at PrintingCenterUSA. Want to get started on a church directory, calendar or holiday card? We have the design resources you need with fast services and a satisfaction guarantee.

Outreach Solutions

Church Directory examplesWe help leaders of all faiths with their directory, calendar, brochure, booklet and monthly newsletter printing needs. We are one of the few online printing services that offer cheap printing prices and high quality products for quantities between ten and 10,000.

Outreach color brochures, booklets and monthly newsletters can act as a communication tool for existing members, informing them of upcoming events, such as charity drives and potluck dinners. Religious printing projects could be sent to provide even more insight on current happenings in the church community, can also be used to keep in touch with the congregation, or used to reach members that haven't attended service.

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Church Fundraising Ideas

Religious/Church Fundraising CalendarFundraiser Calendars

If your organization leaders are willing to make the effort, they can develop extremely profitable fundraiser calendars to help support church programs and to remind members of their faith year round. We have free calendar templates and grids to help you get started using the Adobe Creative Suite or a free photo calendar designer where all you have to do is upload your photos, drag and drop them in to place, customize the monthly grids and we’ll do the rest.

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Church Directories

Membership directories are a great way for new and current members to meet and get to know by names and photos all the leaders, trusties and their fellow church members, contact information, church history, activities, etc. Advertising may be sold exclusively to members or any business in the community to pay for the cost of the directory.        

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Greeting Cards

Religious Greeting CardsMany churches and religious organizations are using greeting cards for fundraising purposes. They have relatively low production costs, enabling churches to print and sell or raffle them for a considerable amount of revenue. Color brochures requesting donations could also be sent to members.

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Benefits for Religious OrganizationsReligious brochure

As your printing partner, we work with you to save you time and money by providing you with great quality products at an affordable price. Don't believe us? Request a sample packet to see and feel the product for yourself. You can get an instant price online to feel secure that you are getting a fair deal or request a custom quote. If you have any questions or you need help with your order, call 800-995-1555 and speak with one of our customer service representatives.

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Our Guide to Entertainment Program Printing

Tue, Aug 29, 2017 @ 01:53 PM Amber Gauthier 0

Our Guide to Entertainment Program Printing for art exhibits, theater, concerts and plays

Event programs for entertainment events such as art exhibits, theatre, music, cinema, concerts and plays should contain information people attending need to know to keep your event running smoothly. Programs also help your attendees keep track on what's happening during the event.

Program Photo Ideas

You and your fellow program developers can take current digital pictures, gather digital pictures and/or have fellow students, associates or crew gather pictures that will help enhance your program.Concert program example

  • Individuals, groups, cast, crew, participants, directors, speakers, special guests, etc.
  • Photos from past events and activities, practices, gatherings, trips, etc.
  • Other events, places or things that relate to your event or organization.
  • Points of interest such as people or landmarks from your organization, community or events.

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Program Pages to Include

The program pages you will need to include in your entertainment event program are as follows:


Concert program director's noteWhether it be a director's note (like the example on the right) or a welcome page, you will want to welcome attendees to the event, give them any needed information about the event and wish them all the best and that hope they have a great time.

Thank You Page

Spotlight and provide thanks to participants, speakers, entertainment, special guests, and other worthy parties. Express thanks to anyone who provided promotional items, donated funds or did volunteer work for your event.


Have a page with information about your event, organization, milestones and mission. If you are asking for donations, add in the address or website where they can send their donations. You may also want to include a map of where your located or special notes about your gatherings and/or organization.


Play program Act 1/Act2/Cast & Crew pages

Showcase your participants and staff who have worked so hard to make this event happen. You can even include statements from each on why they love being part of your event or organization, as shown under "Who's Who" in the example on the right.


Contact friends, clients, past performers and guests and ask them to write a short paragraph on your past events. This could be anything from how they felt while watching the event or why the participants liked working with the people behind the scenes.

Upcoming Events

Be sure to include a calendar or schedule with all your upcoming events so that people attending can know what to look forward to.

Items for Sale

If you are selling memorabilia, add in a page showing off what is available for purchase and where they can purchase the items.

Filler Pages

Concert Program upcoming events and advertising pagesPrograms are saddle-stitched booklets, meaning that page counts have to be divisible by 4 (8, 12, 16, 20 and so on). If you are short on pages, the following types of pages make great filler pages to help make your program have the right number of pages.

  • Information on similar upcoming events
  • Advertising pages
  • Notes page
  • Autograph page

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How to Arrange the Page Count

The front cover starts at page 1. The inside front cover is page 2. The inside pages continue like the diagram below for pages 3, 4, 5 and 6. The inside back cover will be page 7 and the back cover will be Page 8, depending on the page count. So if we did an 8 page program, it would be like the 8 page sample shown below, which includes the cover. Covers can be printed on cover weight paper or you can use the same weight as the interior pages, which is called a self-cover.

Upload your program pages in this order

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Now that you've ready our guide, let's make this year's event program the best one yet. It all boils down to organization and choosing the right printer. With PrintingCenterUSA you get exceptional customer service and printing experts. We can get the job done with a professional quality that won't break the bank. That's a secret we don't want to stay quiet! We have affordable prices for all of your printing needs. So go ahead- spread the word!


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Online Printing Services PDF File Checklist

Thu, Aug 3, 2017 @ 02:04 PM Amber Gauthier 2 Online Printing

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Our prices and times are based on you providing error-free, print-ready files. Correcting file errors may cost extra money and time. Take a few minutes to check your files using our handy online printing services checklist! Download the white papers throughout to learn about how to correct the problem itself.

Correct image resolution for online printing

1. Bleed, Trim & Safety

There are three main elements to know when setting up a document with a bleed. They are the bleed line, trim line, and safety line. If you plan on creating more printing projects in the future, bleed should be at the top of your online printing checklist.

Bleed Line

Bleed = 1/8” (.125)

One important custom printing term to know is a bleed. Bleed refers to an extra 1/8" (.125) of image that extends beyond the trim area of your printing piece. The project is printed on an oversized sheet that is cut down to size with the appearance that the image bleeds off the edge of the paper.

Trim Line

Trim line indicates where to trim the printed sheet or where the edge of the paper is to ensure that the edges of the printed document are printed correctly. Similar to register or crop marks. The trim line is the final document size.

Safety Line

The safety line or inner margin is the area in which to keep all important elements (text, logo, and/or content) within to prevent them from trimming off. All important elements should be at least 1/8" (.125) inside the edge of the trim line. The cutting of your printed piece is done in large stacks and may vary from the top and the bottom of the stack.

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2. Page Count

We prefer that any booklet files be sent as single pages, not spreads. In your files, page 1 should be the front cover and the last page should be the back cover (see below).

Example for an 8 Page Document:

  • In the image below, Page 1 is the Front Cover
  • The Inside Front Cover is Page 2
  • The last page is the Back Cover, Page 8.

page count for an 8 page booklet

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3. Accepted Files

accepted file typesThe preferred file format is a PDF file but we will accept  native files from these applications:

  • Photoshop (.psd)
  • llustrator (.ai or .eps)
  • InDesign (.indd)
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
    • If any Microsoft Word document is submitted, we require that you also submit a printable PDF document with your order.

We prefer PDF files but also accept .TIFF, .JPEG, .INDD, .PSD, .AI and .EPS file types. If you're working in a program not mentioned above, files must be exported as a PDF.

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4. Image Resolution

high resolution images vs low resolution imagesFile and/or image resolution should be set at 300 dpi to ensure that the final document is not pixelated (fuzzy) when printed.

Enlarging an image will lower the resolution while reducing an image will increase the resolution. Enlarging an image in a layout is NOT recommended. Images that are less than 300 dpi could reproduce poorly looking fuzzy or pixelated.

Images from the internet are not recommended, as most images are only 72 dpi.

An unfavorable image cannot be resaved as a different type of file. For example, you cannot place a gif file in Photoshop and resave it as an EPS file. This does not change the compatibility of the file. If you have to use low-resolution images we will print only after you consent to the quality.

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font & transparency5. Font & Transparency

We recommend that all transparencies be flattened before file submission. We also ask that you set your fonts to outlines prior to file submission. Not flattening or outlining fonts can cause some items to fall off during file preparation for printing. Any files submitted without these things being done may result in items dropping out from your artwork during the conversion process needed to prepare your artwork for printing.

Download White Paper: Packaging Files Our prices and time frames are based on ordering online and providing error-free, print-ready files. File errors or extensive design edits may incure additional charges and/or delivery dates cannot be guaranteed. Ensure your files are correct before submitting them by following the requirements listed in the pdf file checklist above!

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Saddle-Stitch Printing for Books, Calendars, Catalogs & Magazines

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1. Sheets vs. Pages

1 Sheet has 2 sides diagramLet's start with a single sheet of paper. A single sheet of paper has 2 sides, a front side and a back side (shown in the diagram on the left).

1 Sheet = 4 Pages diagram

A single folded sheet of paper gives you 4 numbered pages, as shown on the right.

How you number your pages depends on the page count. Page counts range from 8 to 92 pages and must be divisible by 4 (8, 12, 16, 20, 24, and so on).

How to Count Pages in an 8 Page Booklet

Page CountGenerally, the page numbers are on the outside of each page in the upper or lower corner (see red arrows above).

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2. Uploading Files

To Set Up & Upload an 8 Page Document:

  • In the image below, Page 1 is the Front Cover
  • The Inside Front Cover is Page 2.
  • The Inside Pages continue like the diagram below, 3, 4, 5, 6.
  • The last 2 pages will be your Inside Back Cover (Page 7) and the Back Cover (Page 8).

Page Order

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Types of Covers

3. Plus Cover vs. Self-Cover

It all starts with the paper - our three most popular paper choices for booklets are 80# & 100# Text (Gloss or Matte), and 80# Cover Cardstock.

  1. Self-cover is when the cover and the inside paper are the same weight. If you want self-cover, we recommend 100# Text (Gloss or Matte) for both the inside and cover papers.
  2. Plus cover is when the cover is thicker than the inside pages. If you want a booklet with a thicker cover, we recommend 100# gloss text with 80# gloss cover, which can be UV coated to give a luxurious, high gloss feel.


4. Portrait vs. Landscape

Saddle-stitch printing is available in portrait sizes: 5½ x 8½, 6 x 9, 8 x 8, 6 x 6, 7½ x 10; landscape sizes: 8½ x 5½, 9 x 6; and square sizes 8 x 8, 6 x 6. Custom sizes are also available.

Portrait vs. Landscape vs. Square

5. Our Process

After uploading your files, our pre-press department will review your designs to ensure they fit our file requirements and send you a proof. Once you approve the proof, you don't have to do anything more! Check out the steps below if you want to know what happens with your order before and after proof approval!

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Now that you understand the difference between sheets and pages, which order to put your pages in, the different cover options and our process, we hope you have an easier time putting together your final design! If you run into any issues, please give us a call at 800-995-1555.

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