Custom Card Printing
Custom Printed Cards, Leave the Work to Us!
LCI Custom Printing - Quick Tips
- When preparing your custom artwork make sure to double check all spelling
- The color white can not be printed, any part of your design that uses white will appear as the color of the card
- Higher Resolution Files will produce better, crisp results
- Text should not be smaller than 8pt
- Colors may print darker on off-white cards
- File Dimensions Should Match Final Size
Artwork Submission Instructions
- Upload File on Order Confirmation Page or by following the link in order confirmation email
- Accepted formats are PDF, JPG, TIF, and PNG
- Suggested Image Resolution: 300 DPI
PDF Proof will be emailed for your approval prior to printing
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FAQs - Custom Printed Cards
I Don't Know Which Paper to Choose! What is the Difference Between the Linen, Matte, and Metallic Papers Offered?
We currently offer custom printing on bright white and cream colored cards in three finishes - linen, matte, and metallic.
- Linen Card Stock A stock with a subtle linen, or cloth like texture.
- Matte Card Stock A stock that is smooth to the eye and the touch with no discernable texture.
- Metallic Card Stock A smooth stock with a pearlescent, light reflecting coating.
What Weight Paper is used for the Custom Printed Cards?
In a nutshell, the answer is "nice and thick". In more detailed terms:
- Matte Finish & Linen Finish Cards: 100lb / 270gsm card stock
- Metallic Finish Cards: 105lb / 284gsm card stock
What Type of File do You Recommend Submitting for Print?
The most convenient type of file to submit to our printing team is a PDF, as most page layout and word processing programs are capable of creating one.
The following types of files are also acceptable:
For best results, we recommend sending files with a resolution of 300 DPI or greater.
How do I Create a PDF?
Will Your Print Department Edit My File if They Find a Mistake?
Our printing department can not edit the files you submit for print. If we catch an error, we will certainly bring it to your attention so that you can fix it, however there is a chance we may not catch it. Before sending your files to print, be sure you proofread carefully for:
- Correct spelling
- Correct information (names, date, time, location)
- Correct document size
- Correct colors
- Correct symmetry and alignment of text/images
- Overall correct, finished appearance
Can I Preview My File Before it Gets Printed?
Before printing your file, we will email you a proof of your printed cards for your approval. We want to make sure you are 100% satisfied with the appearance of your design before we print.
Note: We will not print and mail your cards until we get your approval, so be sure to check your email!
What Dimensions Should I Make My File?
The file you submit should be the same dimensions as the card you order. For example, if you order an 5 1/8 x 7 A7 card, your file should also measure 5 1/8 x 7.
Note about Bleeds: If your design has bleeds, please see the following questions pertaining to file size and bleeds.
How close to the edge of the card can you print?
We are able to print all the way to the edge, cards and invitations that take advantage of any printing that goes to the edge of the card is considered a bleed. For artwork that does not go to the edge of the card, a minimum of 1/4 inch border of white space must be left for gripper, so the printer is able to feed your cards. If this space is not left, some portions of your artwork that appears too close to the edge may be cut off or your artwork may be shrunk to fit the necessary printable space. Our print department will contact you and keep in touch throughout the printing process in order to remedy any artwork problems, so nothing gets cut off or shrunk. Properly formatted documents speed up the proofing process and ultimately cut down the time it takes for you to receive your printed products.
Can You Print Bleeds?
We can absolutely print your document with bleeds! If you would like to order a printed card or invitation with bleeds, please be sure to select this option when you place your order.
What are Bleeds?
A Bleed is the term in the printing industry that refers to printing that goes to the edge of a card. When printing a card with bleeds, we use an over sized sheet so we are able to print beyond the edges of the card; the card is then trimmed to size, to give it a borderless appearance.
How Large Should Bleeds Be?
Make bleeds 1/8 to 1/4 inch larger than the size of the card you want printed.
This will ensure your text, image, or color is consistently bled off of every card.
For Example, If you Want: A 5 1/8 x 7 (A7) card to be printed with bleeds
Then Submit a File with Dimensions: Between 5 1/4 x 7 1/8 (1/8 inch bleeds) and 5 3/8 x 7 1/4 (1/4 inch bleeds).
Can You Print Double Sided?
We do offer the option to print on both sides of the card. If you want double sided printing, be sure to select this option when you place your order.
How do I Select a Color(s) for Print?
The color(s) printed on your cards are the color(s) that are already embedded in your file. Just as we can not edit the file you send over, we can not change the colors in your file.
Where do I Upload My File?
There are two places you can upload your file:
- Upload through the link on the order confirmation page
- Follow the link in your order confirmation email
What is the Turnaround for Printed Cards?
Turnaround for printed cards can be as little as 24 hours! As soon as we get your approval on the proof we email to you, we start printing and ship them out!
Can you Print Wedding Invitations with White Ink?
I am a photographer helping a client with wedding invitations, and was wondering if your company has the capability to print with white ink? If not, that is fine, we really love the envelopes and service that your company provides. Thank you.
- by Sarah.
Unfortunately we can not print white ink, as we do not have opaque printing abilities. If you have a very dark envelope you want printed, we typically recommend black.
- by LCI Paper
How can I get White Text on my invitation?
As previously stated, we do not have the ability to print in white ink. However, many times examples of documents and invitations that appear to be printed in white ink really are not. This is done by using a white card, and printing the entire card with bleeds and knocking out, or not printing anything where the text goes. Using this method will allow you to select any printable color you can think of for your card color, not limiting you to the selection of available papers
What printing method do you use for custom print cards?
Our custom card printing as well as envelope printing is done using a dry toner based digital press. This printing method yields results similar to a high end color laser printer. Areas on a card that appear printed will have a semi-gloss sheen to them due to the nature of this printing method. This sheen will be more apparent on matte finish stocks than coated stocks such as our metallics or high gloss. This printing method has proven optimal results for customer uploaded artwork ranging from full color photographic images to finely detailed line art.
Can I order a printed sample of one of your cards?
We have our Print Services Swatch Book that we created just for this purpose. This book includes a color chip chart, a sampling of our most popular fonts as well as a handful of printed cards, envelopes & place cards all printed in house for you to take a look at. If you wish to see a specific product imprinted with your information, we would consider this a printed proof. In order to place an order for this, please give our customer service team a call.