Tips and Tricks

Mailing Design Guidelines

7 MIN READ
Level: advanced

Though many of the standards for each type of mailing piece are similar, there are mailing design guidelines and diagrams below for creating direct mail online. You’ll find direct mail postcards, envelopes, folded self-mailers and brochures, plus stapled pieces (like booklets). Following the design guidelines below when creating your mailing pieces will ensure the USPS […]

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Bleed & Borders

3 MIN READ
Level: medium

Smartpress’ online printing services makes it easy to add bleeds and borders. Begin designing your artwork with a minimum safety bleed margin of 0.125″. If you add a border to your artwork…

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Cutting Tolerance for Print

1 MIN READ
Level: basic

Cutting tolerance is the slight variation that occurs when online printing projects are cut down to size. Smartpress recommends a tolerance of 0.125″ for our online printing services, meaning the trim line can vary by up to 0.125″. Anything that comes within 0.125″ of the edge of the cut line could potentially be cut off. […]

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How to Save Your PDF

12 MIN READ
Level: advanced

There are many ways to create a PDF file, but not all of them work well for professional online printing. The way in which you create a PDF can dramatically alter the quality of your printing…

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Print with Versions

2 MIN READ
Level: basic

When you print with Versions, you can create projects with different designs, patterns or images but the same quantity, paper, size, ink, finishing specs and shipping details. It’s a budget-friendly, time-saving feature of our online printing services. Versions Setup Ensure you have separate design files for each version of your online printing project. For products […]

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How to Set Up Color in Your File

2 MIN READ
Level: advanced
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How to Install Window Clings

3 MIN READ
Level: basic

Installing your window graphics doesn’t need to be difficult. Once you’ve created your design for online printing and received your decals or clings, simply follow our instructions for how to install window clings hassle-free. The instructions below are for how to install window graphics, decals and clings that are one-sided or two-sided and are 18″ […]

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FTP Service for Large Files

1 MIN READ
Level: basic

Large File Uploads If your files are too large to upload for online printing or you are experiencing difficulty using our browser-based upload tool, you can utilize our FTP Service. Also know as File Transfer Protocol, it’s part of our convenient online printing services and can be used to upload files up to 2 GB […]

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PPI, DPI & Image Resolution

3 MIN READ
Level: medium

  If you have questions about image resolution, whether your project needs vector or raster graphics or any other printing services, please contact our experts in customer service.

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