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Calendar Printing FAQ

Calendar printing FAQ

Have a question about printing custom calendars? Check out these calendar printing FAQ and learn about calendar bindings, the difference between page and sheets, coating options and more. Expand the sections below for each of our calendar types.

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Calendar printing frequently asked questions

What sizes are available?

You can design Desk Calendars for online printing in our predetermined sizes or use custom dimensions. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What’s the difference between pages and sheets? Do I include my calendar’s cover when calculating them?

A page is one side or face of a piece of paper. A sheet is two pages. For example, page one is the front cover, page two is the inside of the front cover, page three is the first interior page, etc.

For desk calendars, please enter the number of sheets (not sides), including any cover pages. To calculate the number of sheets, divide the number of pages by two. Learn more: Pages, Sheets & How to Count Them

What paper stocks are available?

You can print your own calendars in an array of paper stocks, including coated, uncoated and recycled. Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks, Recycled Paper Stocks

Should I use a text weight or cover weight stock?

This depends on your calendar design and the aesthetic you want. Text weight stocks are lightweight and flexible. Cover weight stocks are more rigid and substantial. When held up to a light, text weight stocks are see-through, while cover weight stocks are not. Learn more: Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can you print double-sided?

Yes. You can print custom calendars with black or full-color ink on the front, back or both. Just use the Pages Printing and Pages Printing on Back dropdowns on the product page. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Printing

Can I add coating or laminate to my calendar?

No. We do not offer coatings or laminate for personalized desk calendars. Either option makes it very difficult to write on your calendars.

How many months can my calendar have?

As a premium online printer, Smartpress offers calendar printing in 12 or 18 months. If you’d like to customize the months of your calendar (a school calendar that begins in August, a seasonal calendar, fiscal calendar, etc.), please request a Custom Quote.

What resolution should my images/artwork be?

We recommend your artwork have a resolution of 300 DPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

Do you offer calendar templates?

Yes. You can find templated layout guides for various calendar sizes under the Project Resources section on the product page.

What’s the wire coil made of?

The wire coil is made of sturdy metal that lasts long and stands up to daily handling. It comes in your choice of black or white.

Can I create multiple calendars in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple calendars (promotional calendars, seasonal calendars, school calendars, etc.). Our online printing services require your calendars be the same size, stock and finish, but your designs and content can change as much as you like. Learn more: Versions

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Magnetic calendar printing FAQ

What sizes are available?

You can design Magnet Calendars for online printing in our predetermined sizes or use custom dimensions. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What thicknesses are available?

Our magnetic calendars are .015 mil thick.

What magnet stocks are available? Are they smooth or textured?

As a premium online printer, we offer magnet printing on high-quality white vinyl magnet stock. The magnet stock is smooth and printed with UV ink, which can sometimes feel like a subtle raised textured.

What surfaces will my custom magnets stick to?

Calendar magnets will stick to whiteboards, lockers, vehicles (steel), most refrigerators, filing cabinets, metal shelving, etc.

Will my magnets have coating or laminate? Is it glossy or matte?

Magnets do not have coating or laminate, but the material offers a satin-like look for a professional finish. Our calendar printing also features durable UV ink, so there’s no need for coating or laminate. Learn more: Ink Technology: Aqueous, Latex, UV Ink and More

What’s the difference between simple and complex die cutting?

Choose simple die cutting for shapes like circles, ovals, squares and rectangles. Choose complex die cutting for any shapes or cuts more intricate than that.

If you’d like to add die cutting, be sure to include a vector dieline in your print-ready file. Learn more: Vector vs. Raster Graphics, Print-Ready Files

How should I put my calendar into an envelope for mailing?

The USPS prefers magnets to be inserted facing the back right side of the envelope, with the magnet facing away from the recipient’s address on the front. If you’d like help with kitting, request a Custom Quote. Learn more: Kitting

Will my magnets hold up multiple pieces of paper?

Magnetic calendars may hold up multiple pieces of paper but are intended for single pieces of paper or decoration.

Can I create multiple calendars in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple custom calendars (personal calendars, business calendars, seasonal calendars, etc.). Our online printing services require your calendars be the same size, but your designs and content can change as much as you like. Learn more: Versions

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Saddle stitch calendars

What sizes are available?

You can design Saddle Stitch Calendars for online printing in our predetermined sizes or use custom dimensions. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What’s the difference between pages and sheets? Do I include my calendar’s cover when calculating them?

For calendar printing, a page is one side or face of a piece of paper. A sheet is two pages. For example, page one is the front cover, page two is the inside of the front cover, page three is the first interior page, etc.

For saddle stitched calendars, please enter the number of pages (not sheets), including any cover pages. Learn more: Pages, Sheets & How to Count Them

What paper stocks are available?

You can print your own calendars in an array of paper stocks, including coated, uncoated and recycled. Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks, Recycled Paper Stocks

What’s the difference between text weight or cover weight stock?

Text weight stocks are lightweight and flexible. Cover weight stocks are more rigid and substantial. When held up to a light, text weight stocks are see-through, while cover weight stocks are not. Learn more: Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can you print double-sided?

Yes. Calendar covers can be printed on both sides in black or full-color ink. Just use the Cover Printing Inside and Cover Printing Outside dropdowns on the product page.

For interior pages, it’s assumed you want double-sided printing when you select your ink choice from the Pages Printing dropdown. If you’d like single-sided printing, be sure to include blank pages between the printed pages in your print-ready file. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Ink

Can I add coating or laminate to my calendar?

Yes. Whether you’re printing wall calendars or mini calendars, you can add a one-sided UV coating or Soft Touch laminate to the cover only, but either option makes it very difficult to write on your calendars. Learn more: UV Coating, Soft Touch Laminate, Coating vs. Laminate

How many months can my calendar have?

As a premium online printer, Smartpress offers calendar printing in 12 or 18 months. (Note: For 18 months, page count must be divisible by four.)

If you’d like to customize the months of your calendar (a school calendar that begins in August, a seasonal calendar, fiscal calendar, etc.), please request a Custom Quote.

What resolution should my images/artwork be?

We recommend your artwork have a resolution of 300 DPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

Do you offer calendar templates?

Yes. You can find templated layout guides for various calendar sizes under the Project Resources section on the product page.

Does my calendar come with a hole to hang it?

No. However, you can add a dill hole to your calendar with the Drilling Options dropdown on the product page.

Why is it called saddle stitch if the binding has staples?

Saddle stitching refers to the equipment used to create the binding. The sheets are folded and placed in order over a rounded triangle form, or “saddle,” and then stitched together with staples.

Can I create multiple calendars in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple calendars (promotional calendars, seasonal calendars, school calendars, etc.). Our online printing services require your calendars be the same size, stock and finish, but your designs and content can change as much as you like. Learn more: Versions

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Spiral bound calendars

What sizes are available?

You can design Spiral Coil Calendars for online printing in our predetermined sizes or use custom dimensions. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What’s the difference between pages and sheets? Do I include my calendar’s cover when calculating them?

For calendar printing, a page is one side or face of a piece of paper. A sheet is two pages. For example, page one is the front cover, page two is the inside of the front cover, page three is the first interior page, etc.

For spiral bound calendars, please enter the number of sheets (not sides), including any cover pages. To calculate the number of sheets, divide the number of pages by two. Learn more: Pages, Sheets & How to Count Them

What paper stocks are available?

You can print your own calendars in an array of paper stocks, including coated, uncoated and recycled. Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks, Recycled Paper Stocks

Should I use a text weight or cover weight stock?

This depends on the design of your custom calendars and the aesthetic you want. Text weight stocks are lightweight and flexible. Cover weight stocks are more rigid and substantial. When held up to a light, text weight stocks are see-through, while cover weight stocks are not. Learn more: Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can you print double-sided?

Yes. Calendar covers can be printed on both sides in black or full-color ink. Just use the Cover Printing Inside and Cover Printing Outside dropdowns on the product page.

Interior pages can also be printed on both sides. Make your ink choices with the Pages Printing and Pages Printing on Back dropdowns. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Ink

Can I add coating or laminate to my calendar?

Yes. You can add a UV coating to select paper stocks for your interior pages, but a coating makes it very difficult to write on your calendars. For your calendar covers, you can add a one-sided UV coating or Soft Touch laminate. Learn more: UV Coating, Soft Touch Laminate, Coating vs. Laminate

How many months can my calendar have?

As a premium online printer, Smartpress offers calendar printing in 12 or 18 months. If you’d like to customize the months of your calendar (a school calendar that begins in August, a seasonal calendar, fiscal calendar, etc.), please request a Custom Quote.

What resolution should my images/artwork be?

We recommend your artwork have a resolution of 300 DPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

Do you offer calendar templates?

Yes. You can find templated layout guides for various calendar sizes under the Project Resources section on the product page.

Does my calendar come with a hole to hang it?

No. However, you can add a dill hole to your calendar with the Drilling Options dropdown on the product page.

What’s the spiral coil made of?

The spiral coil is made of sturdy, durable plastic that allows your pages to fully rotate. It comes in your choice of black or white and along the top or left side of your calendar.

Can I create multiple calendars in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple calendars (promotional calendars, seasonal calendars, school calendars, etc.). Our online printing services require your calendars be the same size, stock and finish, but your designs and content can change as much as you like. Learn more: Versions

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Wire bound calendars

What sizes are available?

You can design Wire Coil Calendars for online printing in our predetermined sizes or use custom dimensions. When you enter your desired dimensions in the Finished Size fields on the product page, a notification will alert you if they are outside our parameters. In that case, you can request a Custom Quote.

What’s the difference between pages and sheets? Do I include my calendar’s cover when calculating them?

For calendar printing, a page is one side or face of a piece of paper. A sheet is two pages. For example, page one is the front cover, page two is the inside of the front cover, page three is the first interior page, etc.

For wire bound calendars, please enter the number of sheets (not sides), including any cover pages. To calculate the number of sheets, divide the number of pages by two. Learn more: Pages, Sheets & How to Count Them

What paper stocks are available?

You can print your own calendars in an array of paper stocks, including coated, uncoated and recycled. Learn more: Small Format Paper Stocks, Coated Paper Stocks vs. Uncoated Paper Stocks, Recycled Paper Stocks

Should I use a text weight or cover weight stock?

This depends on the design of your custom calendars and the aesthetic you want. Text weight stocks are lightweight and flexible. Cover weight stocks are more rigid and substantial. When held up to a light, text weight stocks are see-through, while cover weight stocks are not. Learn more: Text Weight vs. Cover Weight

Can you print double-sided?

Yes. Calendar covers can be printed on both sides in black or full-color ink. Just use the Cover Printing Inside and Cover Printing Outside dropdowns on the product page.

Interior pages can also be printed on both sides. Make your ink choices with the Pages Printing and Pages Printing on Back dropdowns. Learn more: Black vs. Full-Color Ink

Can I add coating or laminate to my calendar?

Yes. You can add a one-sided UV coating or Soft Touch laminate to the cover only, but either option makes it very difficult to write on your calendars. Learn more: UV Coating, Soft Touch Laminate, Coating vs. Laminate

How many months can my calendar have?

As a premium online printer, Smartpress offers calendar printing in 12 or 18 months. If you’d like to customize the months of your calendar (a school calendar that begins in August, a seasonal calendar, fiscal calendar, etc.), please request a Custom Quote.

What resolution should my images/artwork be?

We recommend your artwork have a resolution of 300 DPI. We accept artwork files in the following formats: PDF, JPEG and PNG, as well as packaged InDesign and Illustrator files. Learn more: PPI, DPI & Image Resolution, Packaging InDesign Files

Do you offer calendar templates?

Yes. You can find templated layout guides for various calendar sizes under the Project Resources section on the product page.

Does my calendar come with a hole to hang it?

No. However, you can add a dill hole and/or a hanger to your calendar with the Drilling Options and Calendar Hanger dropdowns on the product page.

What’s the wire coil made of?

The wire coil is made of sturdy metal that stands up to frequent handling and allows your pages to fully rotate. It comes in your choice of black or white and along the top or left side of your calendar.

Can I create multiple calendars in the same order?

Yes. With our Versions feature, you can print various designs to differ content on multiple wire-o calendars (promotional calendars, seasonal calendars, school calendars, etc.). Our online printing services require your banners be the same size, stock and finish, but your designs and content can change as much as you like. Learn more: Versions

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