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Design Guidlines & Advice

Layout/Design Templates

File Setup Specs

File Prep Guidelines

Please take a minute to also read our COMMON ERRORS and SOLUTIONS page, which lists the most common errors that M13 Graphics has with digital files received from customers.
What is Bleed? - What is dpi or resolution?

To get started, please use one of our FREE TEMPLATES or follow this STEP-BY-STEP-GUIDE:

STEP 1 - Create a new document (File / New) for each side of your project.
For this example we would create one Photoshop document for the front side and another file for the back side.

STEP 2 - Enter the following document Information
Width: 6.25
Height: 4.25
Units: Inches
Color Mode: CMYK Color

These specifications apply whether you are creating a new image, scanning, or resizing an existing image.

Step 3 - Set Bleed Guides
Drag four guides from the rulers exactly 1/8” (.125) on each side. This will be where your printed piece will trim and will leave you with the final size that you ordered (in this example, 4” x 6”).

Be careful, as text, borders, or images that are too close to the edge may appear uneven or get cut off. Also be sure to allow “full bleed” images to extend into the bleed area or the white of the paper may leak into the postcard image.

In the example above, the text "TYPE TOO CLOSE!" will get trimmed off, and the image will have a small strip of white on the right-hand-side.

Step 4 - U.S. Postal Regulations for Postcards
If you plan on mailing your postcards, the back-side layout must meet U.S. POSTAL REGULATIONS.

Step 5 - Check Image Resolution, Quality and Color
Please keep in mind that M13 Graphics only prints EXACTLY what is sent to us. We do not have the time or resources to alter or color correct your files. Image resolution, quality and good color all will affect how your final printed piece looks.

High Resolution 300 dpi Image

Low Resolution 72dpi Image

To prevent bad looking images your file(s) should meet some basic standards of quality and color:

Resolution: 300 dpi (dots per inch)
Front or Outside Color Mode: CMYK
Back or Inside Color Mode: CMYK
Other image quality/color issues: JPEG
Compression, Adobe Illustrator Color Settings,
Digital Camera Settings.

Step 6 - Make Large Black Objects and Images “Rich”
For black borders, headlines, and large black text to appear dark and saturated (or rich), you should set your CMYK (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black) values to:

CYAN = 30%
MAGENTA = 30%
YELLOW = 30%
K - BLACK = 100%

Step 7 - Flatten Image
Flatten your Photoshop document by using the menu in the layers palette and choosing "Flatten Image". Or go to the Layer Menu / Flatten Image. This will remove all layers and reduce the size of your file significantly.

Step 8 - Save and Prepare for Upload
Save your file(s) in .JPEG format. To save as a JPEG file, go to the menu File and then select Save As... and select JPEG from the format list. Be sure to save with a Quality no smaller than 10. DO NOT USE THE SAVE FOR WEB OPTION.

After saving your files, you are ready to Upload them to us for print.

Template Downloads

Below are templates for you to download for the most common sizes that we print. All Photoshop *.psd files are 300 dpi/CMYK color mode.

A-Frame Sign

Size (W x H)

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24x36

Badge

Size (W x H)

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3x4
3x5
4x5
4x6

Banner

Size (W x H)

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108x24
108x36
108x48
120x24
120x36
120x48
24x108
24x120
24x24
24x36
24x48
24x60
24x72
24x84
24x96
36x108
36x120
36x24
36x36
36x48
36x60
36x72
36x84
36x96
48x108
48x120
48x24
48x36
48x48
48x60
48x72
48x84
48x96
60x24
60x36
60x48
72x24
72x36
72x48
84x24
84x36
84x48
96x24
96x36
96x48

Black and White Copy

Size (W x H)

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11x17
8.5x11
8.5x14

Booklet

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5
4.25x5.5
4.75x4.75
5.5x4.25
5.5x8.5
6x9
8.5x11
8.5x5.5
9x6

Bookmark

Size (W x H)

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2x6
3x8

Bottle Neck Tag

Size (W x H)

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2.125x5 (Bottle Neck)

Brochure

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5 HALF FOLD
11x8.5 TRIFOLD (IN/OUT)
14x8.5 4-PANEL
14x8.5 HALF FOLD
14x8.5 TRIFOLD (IN/OUT)
17x11 4-Panel
17x11 HALF FOLD
17x11 TRIFOLD (IN/OUT)
25.5x11 TRIFOLD (IN/OUT)
8.5x5.5 HALF FOLD

Bulk Poster (25+)

Size (W x H)

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11x17
12x18
17x11
18x12
18x24
22x28
24x18
24x36
28x22
36x24

Bulletin

Size (W x H)

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11x17
25.5x11
8.5x11
8.5x14

Bumper Sticker

Size (W x H)

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10x3 Bumper Sticker
11x3 Bumper Sticker

Business Card Sharing

Size (W x H)

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2x3.5
3.5x2

Calendar

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5 Calendar
12x11 Calendar
12x12 Calendar
4.25x5.5 Calendar
4.75x4.75 Calendar
5.5x4.25 Calendar
5.5x8.5 Calendar
6x9 Calendar
8.5x11 Calendar
8.5x5.5 Calendar
9x6 Calendar

Car Magnet

Size (W x H)

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18x12 Car Magnet
24x12 Car Magnet
24x18 Car Magnet

Carbonless Form

Size (W x H)

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4.25x5.5 Carbonless Form
5.5x8.5 Carbonless Form
8.5x11 Carbonless Form
8.5x14 Carbonless Form

Catalog

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5
4.25x5.5
4.75x4.75
5.5x4.25
5.5x8.5
6x9
8.5x11
8.5x5.5
9x6

Circle Business Card

Size (W x H)

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Circle 2.5 INCH
Circle 2x2

Collated Document

Size (W x H)

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8.5x11
8.5x14

Collectors Card

Size (W x H)

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2.5x3.5

Color Copy

Size (W x H)

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11x17
8.5x11
8.5x14

Comic Book

Size (W x H)

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7x10.25 Comic Book

Corner Cut Business Card

Size (W x H)

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3.5x2 Corner Cut

Counter Mat

Size (W x H)

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10x15
11x17
12x17.75
12x18
13x19
14x19
16x20
17x26
19.5x28

Direct Mail Postcard

Size (W x H)

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4.25x6
4x6
5x7
6x8
6x9
8.5x11
8.5x5.5

Disposable Menu

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5 Half Fold
11x8.5 TRIFOLD
14x8.5 4-Panel
14x8.5 HALF FOLD
14x8.5 TRIFOLD
17x11 4-Panel
17x11 HALF FOLD
17x11 TRIFOLD
17x14 HALF FOLD
25.5x11 TRIFOLD
25.5x14 TRIFOLD

Door Hanger

Size (W x H)

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3.5x8.5
3x8
4.25x11
4x12
4x18
4x9

Drink Coaster

Size (W x H)

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Circle (3.5x3.5)
Rounded Square (3.5x3.5)
Rounded Square (4x4)

EDDM Menu

Size (W x H)

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17x11 4 Panel
17x11 Half Fold
17x11 Trifold

EDDM Postcard

Size (W x H)

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10x8
11x8.5
11x9
12x15
12x6.5
12x9
15x12
6.5x12
6.5x8
6.5x9
8.5x11
8x10
8x6.5
9x11
9x12
9x6.5

Envelope

Size (W x H)

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#10 9.5x4.125
#9 8.875x3.875
10x13
12.625x9.5
12x9
13x10
4 Bar 5.125x3.625
6.5x9.5
6x9
6x9
9.5x12.5
9.5x6.5
9x12
A10 9.5x6
A2 5.75x4.375
A4 4.25x6.25
A6 6.5x4.75
A7 7.25x5.25
A8 8.125x5.5
A9 8.75x5.75

Flat Foil Greeting Card

Size (W x H)

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3x5
4.25x5.5
4x6
5.5x8.5
5x7

Flat Foil Invitation

Size (W x H)

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3X5
4.25X5.5
4X6
5.5X8.5
5X7

Flat Greeting Card

Size (W x H)

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3x5
4.25x5.5
4x6
5.5x8.5
5x7

Flat Invitation

Size (W x H)

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3X5
4.25X5.5
4X6
5.5X8.5
5X7

Floor Decal

Size (W x H)

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11.5x11.5
11x17
12x12
18x18
24x24
36x36

Flyer

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5
12x4
2x6
3x4
3x5
3x8
4.25x5.5
4.875x4.875
4x12
4x3
4x4
4x6
4x9
5.5x4.25
5.5x8.5
5x3
5x7
6x2
6x4
6x6
6x8
7x5
8.5x11
8.5x5.5
8x3
8x6
9x4

Flyer Sharing

Size (W x H)

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3x4
4.875x4.875
4x3
4x6
6x4

Foam Board

Size (W x H)

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18x24
24x36
24x48

Foil Business Card

Size (W x H)

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3.5x2 Foil

Foil Postcard

Size (W x H)

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12x15 EDDM
4.25x6
4x6
5x7
6.5x12 EDDM
6.5x9 EDDM
6x8
6x9
8.5x11 EDDM
8.5x5.5
8x10 EDDM
8x6.5 EDDM
9x11 EDDM
9x12 EDDM

Foldable Business Card

Size (W x H)

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2x7 Folded Business Card
3.5x4 Folded Business Card
4x3.5 Folded Business Card
7x2 Folded Business Card

Folded Card

Size (W x H)

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10x7
11x8.5 Half Fold
4x6
5.5x8.5
6x4
6x8
7x10
8.5x11
8.5x5.5 Half Fold
8x6

Folded Foil Greeting Card

Size (W x H)

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10x7 (5x7 Closed)
11x8.5 (5.5x8.5 Closed)
5.5x8.5 (5.5x4.25 Closed)
6x8 (6x4 Closed)
7x10 (7x5 Closed)
8.5x11 (8.5x5.5 Closed)
8.5x5.5 (4.25x5.5 Closed)
8x6 (4x6 Closed)

Folded Foil Invitation

Size (W x H)

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4X6 FOLDED CARD
5.5X8.5 FOLDED CARD
5X7 FOLDED CARD
6X4 FOLDED CARD
7X5 FOLDED CARD
8.5X5.5 FOLDED CARD

Folded Greeting Card

Size (W x H)

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10x7
11x8.5 Half Fold
4x6
5.5x8.5
6x4
6x8
7x10
8.5x11
8.5x5.5 Half Fold
8x6

Folded Invitation

Size (W x H)

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10x7
11x8.5 Half Fold
4x6
5.5x8.5
6x4
6x8
7x10
8.5x11
8.5x5.5 Half Fold
8x6

Football Flyer

Size (W x H)

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6.5x3.75 Football

Full Service EDDM Postcard

Size (W x H)

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12x15 EDDM
6.5x12 EDDM
6.5x9 EDDM
8.5x11 EDDM
8x10 EDDM
8x6.5 EDDM
9x11 EDDM
9x12 EDDM

Gift Card Holder

Size (W x H)

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4x6
5.5x8.5
5x7
6x8
7x10

Golf Hole Sponsor Sign

Size (W x H)

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18x12
24x18
24x9
36x24

Golf Score Card

Size (W x H)

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12x4
12x4.5
12x5
12x6
16x6
8x6

Golf Yardage Booklet

Size (W x H)

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4x6
4x7

Graduation Yard Sign

Size (W x H)

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Graduate 36x24

Half Circle Business Card

Size (W x H)

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Half-Circle(3.5x2)

Half-Fold Brochure

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5 HALF FOLD
14x8.5 HALF FOLD
17x11 HALF FOLD
8.5x5.5 HALF FOLD

Hang Tag

Size (W x H)

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2x3.5
2x6
3.5x2
6x2

Header Card

Size (W x H)

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3x4 (Header Card)
4x4 (Header Card)
5x5 (Header Card)
6x5 (Header Card)
8x5 (Header Card)

Heart Flyer

Size (W x H)

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6x6 Heart

Kids Menu

Size (W x H)

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14X10
14X11
17X11
18x12
8.5X11

Label

Size (W x H)

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2.5x2
2.5x2.5
2.5x3
2.5x3.5
2.5x4
2.5x4.5
2.5x5
2.75x2
2.75x4
2x2
2x2.5
2x2.75
2x3
2x3.25
2x3.5
2x4
2x4.5
2x5
2x6
3.25x2
3.5x2
3.5x2.5
3.5x3
3.5x3.5
3.5x4
3.5x4.5
3.5x5
3x2
3x2.5
3x3
3x3.5
3x4
3x5
3x5.5
3x6
3x8
4.25x5.5
4.5x2
4.5x2.5
4.5x3.5
4.5x4.5
4x2
4x2.5
4x2.75
4x3
4x3.5
4x4
4x5
4x5.5
4x6
5.5x3
5.5x4
5.5x4.25
5.5x5.5
5x2
5x2.5
5x3
5x3.5
5x4
5x5
6x2
6x3
6x4
6x6
6x8
8x3
8x6

Large Short Run Poster

Size (W x H)

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12x18
18x24
22x28
24x36

Leaf Business Card

Size (W x H)

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Leaf(3.5x2)

Letterhead

Size (W x H)

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8.5x11
8.5x14

License Plate

Size (W x H)

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License Plate 12x6

Magazine

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5
4.25x5.5
4.75x4.75
5.5x4.25
5.5x8.5
6x9
8.5x11
8.5x5.5
9x6

Magnet

Size (W x H)

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3.5x2
3x4
4.25x5.5
4x6
5.5x8.5
6x8

Magnet Business Card

Size (W x H)

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2x2
2x3.5
3.5x2

Mailer Box

Size (W x H)

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Mailing Box 12x12x12
Mailing Box 13x10x2
Mailing Box 4x4x2
Mailing Box 6x4x3

Mask Update Sign

Size (W x H)

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26x63 Mask Update Illustartor

Membership Card

Size (W x H)

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3.375x2.125

Memorial Poster

Size (W x H)

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18x24
22x28
24x36

Mesh Banner

Size (W x H)

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36x120
36x24
48x24
60x120
60x36
72x24
72x36
72x48
96x24
96x36
96x48

Metal Photo

Size (W x H)

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16x20
20x16
24x36
36x24
8x10

Mouse Pad

Size (W x H)

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12x8
16x12
36x18
8x7

Neon Paper Copy

Size (W x H)

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11x17
8.5x11
8.5x14

Newsletter

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5 Half Fold
11x8.5 Trifold Inside
11x8.5 Trifold Outside
14x8.5 4-Panel
14x8.5 Half Fold
14x8.5 Trifold Inside
14x8.5 Trifold Outside
17x11 4-Panel
17x11 Half Fold
17x11 Trifold Inside
17x11 Trifold Outside
25.5x11 Trifold Inside
25.5x11 Trifold Outside
8.5x5.5 Half Fold

Newspaper

Size (W x H)

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11x17
22x17 Newspaper

Notepad

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5 NOTEPAD
4.25x5.5 NOTEPAD
5.5x4.25 NOTEPAD
5.5x8.5 NOTEPAD
8.5x11 NOTEPAD
8.5x5.5 NOTEPAD

Obituary Booklet

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5 HALF FOLD
17x11 HALF FOLD

OurCard

Size (W x H)

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10x7
8.5x5.5
8x6

Oval Business Card

Size (W x H)

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3.5x2 Oval BC

Paperback Book

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5
4x6
5.5x8.5
5x7
6x9
7x10
8.5x11
8x8

Parking Sign

Size (W x H)

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12x18 Aluminum Sign

Photo Enlargement

Size (W x H)

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12x18
16x20
18x24
22x28
24x36
27x40
30x43
36x48
40x60
8x10

Photo Print

Size (W x H)

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4x6
5x7
6x4
7x5

Pizza Box Topper

Size (W x H)

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11x17
8.5x11
8.5x5.5

Placemat

Size (W x H)

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14x10
14x11
17x11
18x12

Pocket Folder

Size (W x H)

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9x12 Pocket Folder

Pole Banner

Size (W x H)

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18x24
18x36
18x48
24x30
24x36
24x48
24x60
30x36
30x48
30x60

Postcard

Size (W x H)

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11x6
12x6
4.25x6
4x6
4x9
5x7
6x11
6x12
6x4
6x4.25
6x8
6x9
7x5
8x6
9x4
9x6

Prayer Card

Size (W x H)

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2.5x4.25
3x5
4x6

QR Code Business Card

Size (W x H)

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2x2
2x3.5
3.375x2.125 (Euro)
3.5x1.75 Slim
3.5x2

Rack Card

Size (W x H)

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3.5x8.5 RACK CARD
4x9 RACK CARD
8.5x5.5 RACK CARD
9x4 RACK CARD

Reflective Parking Sign

Size (W x H)

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12x18 Aluminum Sign

Retractable Banner

Size (W x H)

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24x78.75
31.5x78.75
33.5x78.75

Review Card

Size (W x H)

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3.5x2

Rigid Sign

Size (W x H)

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18x24
22x28
24x36

Rip Card Flyer

Size (W x H)

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3.5x11 RIP CARD FLYER
3.5x8.5 RIP CARD FLYER

Rip Door Hanger

Size (W x H)

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3.5x11 RIP DOOR HANGER
3.5x8.5 RIP DOOR HANGER

Rolled Canvas

Size (W x H)

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12x18
16x20
18x24
22x28
24x36
8x10

Rounded Corner Business Card

Size (W x H)

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Rounded Corners 3.5x2

Sales Sheet

Size (W x H)

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11x17 Sales Sheet
11x8.5 Sales Sheet
14x8.5 Sales Sheet
17x11 Sales Sheet
8.5x11 Sales Sheet
8.5x14 Sales Sheet

Save the Date Magnet

Size (W x H)

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4X6
5X7
6X4
7X5

Shamrock Flyer

Size (W x H)

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6x6 Shamrock

Slim Business Card

Size (W x H)

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3.5x1.75 Slim BC

Small Short Run Poster

Size (W x H)

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12x18
18x12
18x24
24x18
24x36
36x24

Soft Touch Business Card

Size (W x H)

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2x2
2x3.5
3.5x2

Square Business Card

Size (W x H)

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2x2 Square Business Card

Standard Business Card

Size (W x H)

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2x2 Square Business Card
2x3.5 Business Card
3.375x2.125 (Euro)
3.5x1.75 Slim
3.5x2 Business Card

Sticker

Size (W x H)

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2.5x2
2.5x2.5
2.5x3
2.5x3.5
2.5x4
2.5x4.5
2.5x5
2.75x2
2.75x4
2x2
2x2.5
2x2.75
2x3
2x3.25
2x3.5
2x4
2x4.5
2x5
2x6
3.25x2
3.5x2
3.5x2.5
3.5x3
3.5x3.5
3.5x4
3.5x4.5
3.5x5
3x2
3x2.5
3x3
3x3.5
3x4
3x5
3x5.5
3x6
3x8
4.25x5.5
4.5x2
4.5x2.5
4.5x3.5
4.5x4.5
4x2
4x2.5
4x2.75
4x3
4x3.5
4x4
4x5
4x5.5
4x6
5.5x3
5.5x4
5.5x4.25
5.5x5.5
5x2
5x2.5
5x3
5x3.5
5x4
5x5
6x2
6x3
6x4
6x6
6x8
8x3
8x6

Stock Shape Flyer

Size (W x H)

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2.5 Inch Circle
3.5 Inch Circle
3.5x2 Half Circle
3.5x2 Leaf
3.5x2 Quarter Circle
4.5 Inch Circle
4x6 Coffin
5.5 Inch Circle
6.5x3.75 Football
6x6 Heart
6x6 Shamrock

Stretched Canvas

Size (W x H)

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12x12
16x20
20x30
8x12

Table Tent

Size (W x H)

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4x12 Table Tent
4x18 Table Tent

Take-Out Menu

Size (W x H)

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11x8.5 HALF FOLD
11x8.5 TRIFOLD
14x8.5 HALF FOLD
14x8.5 TRIFOLD
17x11 HALF FOLD
17x11 TRIFOLD
20.25x8.5 Double Gate Fold With Spine
25.5x11 TRIFOLD
25.5x14 TRIFOLD

Tamper Proof Label

Size (W x H)

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1.5x10
1.5x4
1.5x6
1.5x8

Target

Size (W x H)

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17x22 Target
18x24 Target
19x25 Target
23x35 Target
24x36 Target

Thank You Card

Size (W x H)

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10x7 (5x7 Closed)
8.5x5.5 (4.25x5.5 Closed)

Ticket

Size (W x H)

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2x6 Ticket
3x8 Ticket
6x2 Ticket
8x3 Ticket

Tissue Paper

Size (W x H)

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35x12
35x24
35x36
35x48
35x60
35x72
35x96

Tri-Fold Brochure

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11x8.5 TRIFOLD
14x8.5 TRIFOLD
17x11 TRIFOLD
25.5x11 TRIFOLD

Wall Decal

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18x24
24x24
24x36

Waterproof Label

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2.5x2
2.5x2.5
2.5x3
2.5x3.5
2.5x4
2.5x4.5
2.5x5
2.75x2
2.75x4
2x2
2x2.5
2x2.75
2x3
2x3.25
2x3.5
2x4
2x4.5
2x5
2x6
3.25x2
3.5x2
3.5x2.5
3.5x3
3.5x3.5
3.5x4
3.5x4.5
3.5x5
3x2
3x2.5
3x3
3x3.5
3x4
3x5
3x5.5
3x6
3x8
4.25x2
4.25x5.5
4.5x2.5
4.5x3.5
4.5x4.5
4x2
4x2.5
4x2.75
4x3
4x3.5
4x4
4x5
4x5.5
4x6
5.5x3
5.5x4
5.5x4.25
5.5x5.5
5x2
5x2.5
5x3
5x3.5
5x4
5x5
6x2
6x3
6x4
6x6
6x8
8x3
8x6

Window Cling

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11x17
18x24
24x24
24x36

Window Perf

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11x17
12x18
18x24
22x28
24x36

Wrapping Paper

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29x12
29x24
29x36
29x48
29x60
29x72
29x96

Wristband

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0.75x10.5 Wristband

X-Frame Banner

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24x63

Yard Sign

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18x12
24x18
24x9
36x24
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