Click on the link for the Print Template you would like to use and it will ask you where you would like a ZIP file to download to your computer.
For this example, we will be using the Business Card Template.
Double click on that file and a folder with the templates and an Instructions.pdf for that product will appear.
Upon opening the InDesign template file you will see a document the size of the finished product.
Depending on which template you have decided to start with you may have more than one page in the file. Several templates may required you to add pages to your file to complete your product. Saddle Stitch Books would be an example of this.
There will be multiple layers in the file with general instructions on where to put artwork to assist you.
Your Artwork: All images, text and design elements you are adding will go here.
Template: This layer will have elements that are meant to help you place your artwork in a specific area. It will require you to turn this off or delete when it is time to export so that any blue safety lines do not show up in your artwork.
Crop Marks: These appear in our DIY templates only.
Trim: This layer will be present on the DIY templates that are showing you where you will need to cut. Examples, include the button template.
There will also be a set of guides or lines to indicating important areas to pay close attention to as you start designing and adding content.
Make sure your background extends to the red line to fill the bleed area and avoid white edges when cutting if you are using a Full Bleed Template.
This is the black line and this is where cutting will happen.
Magenta line is where important information like text and logos should be within to avoid being cut off.
Depending on the product you decide to work with you may be asked to choose between two different templates: Full Bleed vs. No Bleed.
Below are details on how those two types will affect the way you set up your file. Specific instructions will be inside the package folder of each print template.
Full Bleed is if you have an image or a design element that you want to look like it is going over the edge of your card. It requires you to pull those elements whether it’s an image or a block of color out to the Red Line of the InDesign file before exporting.
The black line is the Trim line and will be where we cut so you may lose a little bit of information at either side of this line.
Be aware of what information you are placing at the edge because if it is within our cutting tolerance of 1/16 in then it may be cut off.
Does not require anything special other than you will want to make sure that your important information is not too close to the Trim line and that you are not exporting with crop marks or bleed areas.
Below you can see how the front and the back of our cards are set up and what they would look like if you require a bleed.
This is a 2 sided Business Card since we have 2 pages in the document, the front or page 1 and the back, page 2.
Notice the image has been pulled all the way out to the Red line for the bleed so that it will be a full image of the kitten on the front of the card. The area outside the black line will not appear on the card and will be discarded when cut.
We have been clear to leave the text far away enough from the edge that no important information will be cut off or too close to the edge to be legible.
Once you have all your design elements in your file you can Preview your file to make sure areas of your design are ending up in the correct spot and not too close to the edges or risk the potential of getting cut off during processing.
In your InDesign file you can to to the View menu and drop down to Screen Mode.
Under this menu option you have a few options. By default you are viewing in Normal mode.
Normal Mode – Shows all artwork, guides, bleed areas and trim lines.
Preview Mode – This will display your file as the final print file will be seen. If you are using a Full Bleed template it will show you what areas of your artwork are going to be cut off during processing.
Preview Mode will show you how close your type or design elements are to the edge. Ensure all important parts of your design are kept within the safe area.
If everything looks good you are now ready to Export as PDF for submitting for print.