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What is bleed?

In printing, bleed refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the paper before the trimming process. This is the area that will be trimmed off to create the effect of color going to the edge of the paper.

To illustrate, here is our business card template from our Standard Templates page, where you can download it for free.

The bleed is an important element of the printing process. Printers cannot accurately print right to the edge of a sheet of paper, so we use a sheet which is larger than the document size. The printer prints beyond the edge of the document size (by 0.0625 inch or 1/16 of an inch), then cuts the paper down to the document size to ensure a clean cut. This bleed allows printers to safely preserve your design. If no bleed is used for the printed document, an undesirable thin white line may appear along the edges of the paper.

Most jobs we print require a 1/16” bleed over each edge. If your job requires die-cutting or is a booklet, a 1/8” bleed is required.

Keep in mind that no text should go beyond the recommended safety zone or it may be cut off while the printed piece is being cut to size.

 

What are the different folding options?

We offer several types of folding options, each with their own suitable uses. Learn how to use their specific characteristics for effective brochure marketing.

Here are all of our different folding options below:

Bifold

Popular Uses:
Brochures, Take-Out Menus, Business Cards, Invitations, Greeting Cards, Loyalty Cards, Appointment Cards
The bi-fold divides into 2 vertical panels and is folded in half.
This is also known as a half fold or a two-panel (for brochures). An 11″ x 8.5″ sheet is folded into a 5.5″ x 8.5″ print material. This is used for menus or programs where wide panels are necessary.

Trifold

Popular Uses:
Brochures, Take-out Menus
The tri-fold divides into 3 vertical panels. The right panel folds underneath the left.
This is also known as a letter fold. An 11″ x 8.5″ sheet is folded into a 3.67″ x 8.5″ sheet. This is the most popular of the folding options for brochures and take-out menus. The finished product will fit nicely into a standard #10 envelope or a display rack. The panel that will fold inside is slightly narrower than the front panel and the back panel of the finished brochure. Menus, programs and promotional pieces are popular uses for the trifold.

Gate Fold

Popular Uses:
Brochures, Take-out Menus
The gate fold is created by folding the two ends of a page inward so that the edges meet in the middle.
This is a three-panel design with the widths of the two outside panels each one half the width of the middle panel. An 11″ x 8.5″ sheet is folded to a 5.5″ x 8.5″ sheet. The front of the sheet opens like a gate. Many times there is a graphic or text that crosses over the front two panels. This format is used often for promotional items, such as brochures, and allows the designer to tease the customer into opening it.

Z-Fold

Popular Uses:
Brochures, Take-out Menus
The z-fold divides into 3 vertical panels. The panels fold on top of one another
This Z Fold is also called an accordion fold. This fold can be used with a three or four panel design. An 11″ x 8.5″ sheet with three panels is folded into a 3.67″ x 8.5″ brochure. All of the panels are the same width with this fold. Menus, programs and promotional pieces are popular uses for the z-fold.

Accordion Fold

Popular Uses:
Brochures, Take-out Menus
The z-fold divides into 4 vertical panels. The panels fold on top of one another
 The accordion fold divides paper material into a four panel design. A 14″ x 8.5″ sheet with four panels is folded into a 3.5″ x 8.5″ scored sheet. All of the panels are the same width with this fold. Menus, programs and promotional pieces are popular uses for the z-fold.

Double Parallel Fold

Popular Uses:
Brochures, Custom Products
First fold in half, forming two panels. Each panel is folded in half again with parallel folds that go in the same direction.
The Double Parallel Fold & Parallel Map Folds require a four panel design. An 11″ x8.5″ sheet is folded into a 2.75″ x 8.5″ printout. This fold is commonly used for larger sheet sizes such as 14″ x 8.5″ which yields a 3.5″ x 8.5″ brochure and 17″ x 11″ sheet which yields a 4.25″ x 11″ brochure. The two inside panels are slightly narrower than the two outside panels. This fold is popular for programs and promotional pieces.

Parallel Map Fold

Popular Uses:
Brochures, Custom Products
First fold in half, forming two panels. Each panel is folded in half in opposite directions – one folds forward, the other back.
The Double Parallel Fold & Parallel Map Folds require a four panel design. An 11″ x8.5″ sheet is folded into a 2.75″ x 8.5″ printout. This fold is commonly used for larger sheet sizes such as 14″ x 8.5″ which yields a 3.5″ x 8.5″ brochure and 17″ x 11″ sheet which yields a 4.25″ x 11″ brochure. The two inside panels are slightly narrower than the two outside panels. This fold is popular for programs and promotional pieces.

French Fold

Popular Uses:
Brochures, Custom Products
First fold in half (side to side). Each panel is folded in half again with a fold that is perpendicular to the first fold (top to bottom).
This is also known as a Right Angle Fold or 8 Page Fold. An 11″ x 8.5″ sheet is folded in half to form an 8.5″ x 5.5″ piece. This piece is then folded in half to the final size of 4.25″ x 5.5″. The two folds are at right angles to each other. This fold is popular for programs and promotional pieces especially when it is necessary to have a full size image on the inside of the print material.

What are your canvas wrap choices?

We offer two wrap options for our canvas prints.

Standard Wrap

Standard wrap canvas prints

With our standard wrap, your canvas print will be wrapped around a .75″ thick stretcher frame and stapled to the frame on the underside of the canvas mount. Your design image will extend approximately 1″ around the frame edge.

 

Gallery Wrap

Gallery wrap canvas prints

If you want a thicker stretcher frame, choose gallery wrap. Your canvas print will be wrapped around a 1.5″ thick stretcher frame, twice the thickness of the standard wrap. It will then be stapled to the frame on the underside of the canvas mount. Your design image will extend approximately 2″ around the frame edge.

 

Can you explain the different window decal viewing directions?

For window clings, the viewing “direction” refers to the way you intend your printed piece to be viewed.Choosing the viewing direction is an important consideration because of the way window decals adhere to your store windows.

Our window clings use an adhesive-free static cling technology. Think of it as tiny suction cups that will cling to smooth surfaces, such as your storefront glass windows or display cases. This technology enables you to reposition your window cling easily and without glue residue.

There are two options for our window decal and window cling viewing directions.

Viewed Inside

If you wish to apply the cling to a wall or inside of a window where customers can view the image from inside the establishment, then choose the “Viewed Inside” option. For this option, the static cling technology would be applied to the back of your window decal.

Viewed Outside

Choose the “Viewed Outside” option if you intend to display your window cling to potential customers outside your store looking in. The static cling technology material would be applied in the front of your window decal, where your design is.

What size are your h-wire stands for yard signs?

We offer two sizes for our h-wire stands for yard signs.

Illustration of H-wire yard signs

Standard H-Wire Stands

The standard H-wire stand is a 15″ galvanized metal stand for attaching your yard sign to your lawn. Once staked into the earth, it stands 7.5″ above the ground.

Extra-Tall H-Wire Stands

If you need a taller stand, our extra-tall H-wire stand is perfect for you. It is a 30″ galvanized metal stand, double the height of our standard H-wire stand. After staking it in your lawn, it stands 22″ above the ground, with a 14″ clearance from the base of your yard sign to the ground.

 

What are the different coating options?

We currently offer three types of coating for our print products: matte, gloss, and UV coating.

Matte Coating

This type of coating is a flat satin finish that results in minimal to no glare. The design will appear smoother compared to an uncoated finish. We recommend using this coating for your printed designs if you want a stylish and softer look on the colors. They are great for designs with a more subdued color palette. This coating does let you write on your print materials using ballpoint pens or Sharpies, but for best writability, choose uncoated. It is often used for a flat look on business cards and postcards.

Gloss Coating

Gloss coating adds shine to your printed material. It increases the saturation and depth of the colors, providing a higher contrast in your designs. This distinct characteristic of gloss coating makes it ideal for bright and vibrant designs. Gloss coating also makes your printed material durable and resistant to dust and moisture.

UV Coating

As the name implies, UV coating is a highly glossy coating that is applied by using ultraviolet (UV) light. If you want to make your colors “pop” by giving your design an eye-catching and vibrant look, then this coating is perfect for your print materials. Aside from that, UV coating provides an added layer of durability to our print products due to its added thickness and abrasion resistance. These characteristics make UV coating perfect for distributed marketing materials, such as brochures and flyers.

Uncoated

As the name implies, this option will not have any coating. This is the best option if you want to be able to write on your print materials.

What paper stock do you use for labels and stickers?

We offer several types of paper stock for labels and stickers, each with their own distinct characteristics and practical applications.

White BOPP Label

White BOPP label is a gloss laminated white polypropylene self-adhesive label. This paper stock is perfect for products that are usually exposed to water, oil, moisture or refrigeration. The material has a subtle pearly white finish and is tear-proof, waterproof, and resistant to oil. Unfortunately, it’s not ideal for writing on.

  • Temperature range that label can withstand: -65° to 200° F
  • Minimum Application Temp: 30° F
  • Face stock thickness: 2.6 mil.

Clear BOPP Label

For a transparent, “no label” look, you should use our Clear BOPP Label paper stock. It is made with gloss laminated clear polypropylene that is ideal for products exposed to water, oil, moisture or refrigeration. White ink may be applied underneath all areas for a solid opaque color. Similarly, this label is not ideal for writing on.

  • Temperature range that label can withstand: -65° to 200° F
  • Minimum Application Temp: 30° F
  • Face stock thickness: 2.0 mil.

White Vinyl (Outdoor/Indoor)

White Vinyl is our thickest and most durable sticker material highly recommended for products that require outdoor exposure. It’s made of UV-resistant gloss laminated vinyl self-adhesive label. It’s not ideal for writing on though, so consider that when choosing this material.

  • Temperature range that label can withstand: -65° to 200° F
  • Minimum Application Temp: 30° F
  • Face stock thickness: 3.4 mil.

White Vellum Textured Estate #8

This paper stock is an uncoated warm white adhesive paper with a tactile paper feel. It is the popular choice for wine bottle and product labels. If uncoated, it can be written on, suitable for handwritten mailing labels. An optional matte UV coating adds scratch and moisture resistance to the label.

  • Temperature range that label can withstand: -65° to 140° F
  • Minimum Application Temp: 0° F
  • Face stock thickness: 60 lb.

White Premium Sticker Paper

This paper stock is our most popular paper label choice. It’s made of smooth, semi-gloss, pressure-sensitive adhesive paper. It’s suitable fo general indoor applications. Add our optional lamination for oil and water resistance.

  • Temperature range that label can withstand: -65° to 200° F
  • Minimum Application Temp: 30° F
  • Face stock thickness: 60 lb.

Silver BOPP Label

If you want to make any color of your label design metallic, then this paper stock is the right choice. It is made with polypropylene self-adhesive label with a silver metallic look. It is suitable for products exposed to water, oil, moisture, or refrigeration. It comes with gloss or matte protective lamination.

  • Temperature range that label can withstand: -65° to 200° F
  • Minimum Application Temp: 30° F
  • Face stock thickness – 2.0 mil.

White Laid Textured Estate #4

This paper stock is made with uncoated white adhesive paper with a subtle linear texture. It’s great for wine bottles and product labels. It’s also suitable for handwritten mailing labels if uncoated. Optional matte UV coating is also available for scratch and moisture resistance.

  • Temperature range that label can withstand: -65° to 140° F
  • Minimum Application Temp: 0° F
  • Face stock thickness: 60 lb.

Cream Laid Textured Estate #9

Another popular choice for wine bottle and product labels. This paper stock is also made with uncoated adhesive paper with a subtle linear texture, this time cream-colored. Optional matte UV coating can make your label scratch and moisture-resistant. It can be written on if uncoated.

  • Temperature range that label can withstand: -65° to 140° F
  • Minimum Application Temp: 0° F
  • Face stock thickness: 60 lb.

 

All of our temperature permanent adhesive sticks to almost any surface. For hassle-free application, apply onto clean, dry surface at room temperature.

What die-cutting options do you offer?

We have several kinds of die-cuts that will surely add personality, and even functionality, to your printing.

Business Card

This option adds a detachable, punch-out business card shape to a larger card. It is perfect for sending a postcard with a detachable business card. But it doesn’t have to be a business card. You could also use it to print a coupon that recipients use for discounts.

Margarita

Margarita die-cuts are ideal for nightclubs, bars, restaurants, and even special events like corporate parties or Cinco de Mayo marketing campaigns.

Shamrock

If you are holding a St. Patrick’s day promotion, this shamrock die-cut is great for pop-out coupons, or even just a fun gimmick at your event.

Heart

Show some love to your customers by using our heart die-cut option. It’s perfect for Valentine’s Day, Mother’s Day, or any day to use as discount cards or gift tags.

Flower

Choose the flower die-cut option for seasonal promotions. They are great for spring clear-out sale coupons, cute clothing hang tags, or even bouquet cards.

Snowman

Having a holiday promotion? Spread the winter cheer by using our snowman die-cut option as a coupon or a seasonal gift tag.

Bottle

The bottle die-cut is the perfect invitation to announce events such as New Year’s Eve parties, weddings, anniversaries, and other corporate events. Just make sure you have a champagne bottle on-hand as promised.

Circle

As one of the most versatile die-cutting options, the circle is a great shape for almost anything. From a basketball for a sports shop, or a pizza from an Italian restaurant, the possibilities are huge.

Turkey

What better way to start your promotion than a turkey-shaped coupon for Thanksgiving promotion?

 

Visit our die-cut printing page to see our most popular die-cuts, or call us for more die-cutting options.

 

What does C2S mean?

C2S means that the paper is coated on two sides.

How do I Embed Fonts?

Photoshop:
Select Window
Click on Layers (there is a box in the end corner) please click on box which will provide you a drop down menu
Select Flatten Image
Save File
Once layers are flattened and file is saved, the text is no longer editable.

Illustrator:
Select ALL file
Click on Type
Drop down menu- Select create outlines
Save File
Once fonts are outlined and file is saved, the text is no longer editable.

Indesign
Please provide us with all fonts with the order

What is PEFC certified paper?

Our new cardstock paper is certified by PEFC – the largest forest certification organization in the world. This means that from now on any 14 pt cardstock product you order will be printed on paper made from 50% recycled post-consumer products and PEFC certified.

In addition, our Book Weight paper is “proudly made in the USA” and is PEFC and SFI® labeled. The SFI® or Sustainable Forestry Initiative® label means we are buying book weight paper products from well-managed forests which is backed by a rigorous, third-party certification audit.

What is the difference between Matte Coating and UV Coating?

Matte is a flat satin finish that doesn’t show fingerprints and makes colors appear more vibrant. UV Coating can be reflective and glossy and has a high solids level that allows the coating to be applied in very thin films.

What is Offset Printing?

An indirect printing process where the ink is first transferred from the image to the cylinder covering of the printing machine and then to the paper or cardstock.

What are CMYK, spot, and PMS colors?

CMYK stands for Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black. These are the four ink colors used in the the printing process to create color prints.

What is Grayscale?

Grayscale is a range of shades of gray that don’t have apparent color. The darkest shade on this scale is black and the lightest is white.

What is Prepress?

Prepress refers to all the things that need to happen before a job can actually be printed.

What is CASS Certification?

CASS is short for Coding Accuracy Support System. This is a process that reviews address-matching software to help ensure high address accuracy. Address quality of direct mailings affects the ability of the USPS to deliver and therefore affects the cost of your direct mailing campaign. 

What is Scoring?

Scoring is the process of creating a line so that the paper or card can be easily folded.

What is Book Weight?

Bookweight, otherwise known as 100 lb glossy paper or text weight, is thinner paper than our cardstock and is commonly used for flyers and brochures.

What is Die Cutting?

Die cutting is a method using sharp steel stamps or rollers to cut shapes and designs into the paper or other material.

What are Trim Marks?

These are the marks placed on the paper to show where the document will be cut.

What is Card Stock?

Card stock is thick sturdy paper. We use 14 pt.

What is UV Coating?

UV coating is a high gloss coating. 

What is Safety Zone?

The safety zone is an imaginary line inside the document from the edge of the document size (1/8 inch which is 0.125 inch). Safety Zone can contain pictures, but should not contain text. Extending graphics to the Safety zone will prevent an unintentional white border around the edge of your printed piece.

Is your 100 lb glossy paper text or cover?

We print on 100 lb book weight text with an aqueous coating.

Do you fold cardstock?

Yes. We can fold cards for an additional charge.  If you’d like to request this service please call customer care at 800-251-9948 for further assistance. Please note that our Greeting cards are conveniently scored so they are easy to fold.

Are all glossy paper brochures folded?

All brochures printed on glossy paper have the option for folding.

Can you print booklets?

Yes, we currently offer three different sizes for booklets up to 96 pages.

Visit our site here: https://www.nextdayflyers.com/glossy-booklet-printing/

If you would like a custom booklet, please contact our Customer Care team at 800-251-9948

How do I know what type of paper my job will print on?

It will be based on the selection you make when placing your order.

Can you print on other paper stocks?

We only print on our 14 pt. cardstock and 100 lb glossy paper.

What is the difference between 100 lb glossy paper and cardstock?

The 100 lb glossy paper is thinner paper than our cardstock and it is commonly used for flyers and brochures.

How does size correlate to DPI?

If you enlarge an image or picture you will get fewer dots per inch – or lower DPI. Lower DPI means lower resolution, which means poor quality images. For best possible results, check your images to make sure they are at 300 DPI. To avoid poor quality images, use one of our templates, prepared for multiple design platforms. These template files are already at 300 DPI and supply you with design guidelines.

What is resolution?

DPI stands for dots per inch. The more dots per square inch the better the quality of image and text.  For best output, please submit your files at 300 dpi.

Can you fold my cards?

Yes. We can fold cards for an additional charge. If you’d like to request this service please call a customer care representative at 800-251-9948. Please note that our Greeting cards are conveniently scored so they are easy to fold.

How do I know the color will be correct?

If your job is color critical the only way you can be absolutely sure the color is correct is to order a Next Day Flyers color proof.

Can I substitute a color for black or grayscale on the backside of my postcard?

If you would like to order color on both sides of your postcard you can order any of our two-sided full color products. Unfortunately, we cannot substitute another color for black or grayscale on the backside of the postcard for the same price.

Can you print a spot color?

We can print a spot color; however, in most cases it is usually cheaper to print four color process. The cost for us to print a spot color is usually around $300.00 depending on the color you require.

What does 4/0, 4/1, and 4/4 mean?

1. 4/0 means full color on one side of the card and no printing on the back

2. 4/1 means full color on one side of the card and black or grayscale on the back

3. 4/4 means full color printing on both sides of the card

All full color sides include a glossy, UV coating.

What paper stock do you print on?

We currently print on a glossy, super-thick 14pt bright-white cardstock and 100 lb glossy paper, also known as bookweight or text weight.