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Additional Options (May Affect Turnaround)

Business Cards provide contact information in a convenient, standardized North American size. Most business cards are relatively the same but the font, style, stock, and imagery set you apart and make your impression unique. They can also be used to promote specials, direct clients to a website or even invite people to your next event. We offer a variety of cardstocks, coatings and laminations to create the best solution for your client’s image. We also offer same day service to cater to your client’s urgent requirements.

Tip: Try our Rounded Business Cards and Folded Business Cards to differentiate your company!

12pt Linen Cover
This cover stock has the texture of a semi-rough paper that emulates the look of linencloth with slightly lifted grooves to give a textured feel. You may be familiar with this type of stock from business cards or notecards as it offers a unique non-glossy look with a subtle, woven, fabric-like finish.

13pt Enviro 100% FSC
Enviro 100 is made from 100% post-consumer fiber and is FSC certified. This is commonly used when recycled paper content is a priority to the client. This stock tends to be grainer in look, feel and has less opacity as the paper has a more natural colour to it and is not bleached white like many other papers.

14pt c2s
14pt c2s is thicker than standard business cards and adds more rigidity to your printed product but not as thick as our 16pt card stock. It has a glossy finish and steadier feel than business cards produced by copiers. This is our most common card stock used in a wide range of products such as business cards, post cards and presentations folders to state a few.

15pt c1s
15 c1s board is a card stock that is thicker and more durable than normal writing. The c1s is an abrviation for coated one side. This type of card stock is often used for business cards and post cards that require the ability to write, stamp or imprint on them with the greatest success while still having a shiny front side for better marketing effect. It is also commonly used for cover in perfect bound books as it bonds better with glue when the covers are uncoated on the inside.

16pt c2s
This is thicker than standard business cards and adds more rigidity to your printed product. It has a glossy finish and steadier feel than business cards produced by copiers. This is our most common card stock used in a wide range of products such as business cards, post cards and presentations folders to state a few.

18pt c2s
Our 18pt c2s with its best-in-class surface smoothness creates a look and feel that redefines quality. Often used for high quality business cards, invites or small box packaging. A full, double coating on both sides makes images pop—both front and back— with the Matte Art it becomes one of the smoothest print surface in its category. Unlike traditional laminated cards, Matte art delivers crisper colors and sharper contrast while maintaining optimal color fidelity on press and dynamic visual appeal. A unique thicker fiber mix and finishing process gives you an extra stiff, sturdy coated cover for a finished piece you’ll love. And this love lasts as does the printed piece.

AQ Gloss
AQ is an abbreviation for Aqueous Coating. It is a semi-gloss applied to your job during the printing process, environmentally friendly, water-based coating applied to both sides of you printed product. It adds additional gloss and protection, and you are able to write on it with ballpoint pens.

UV High Gloss
UV is an abbreviation for Ultraviolet Coating. It is a high gloss clear liquid; spread over the paper like ink and then cured instantly with an ultraviolet light. It is not an ideal solution for products you will need to write on.

MatteArt + SpotGloss
Matte Art with spot gloss is a very unique, high quality and desirable option for your printed product. It is often used in higher quality business cards, invitations, pocket folders and packaging to name a few. Many people associate the texture to having a suede like feel to it. Unlike traditional matte lamination, colours are better preserved and since it is not a plastic, you don’t need to worry about cracking or peeling. The spot gloss can add a contrasting effect when the artwork is designed well to support it.

Artwork/File Orientation is only relevant for two side jobs or multiple pages of artwork. Please ensure that your artwork is submitted ‘press ready’ and that the orientation is correct to deliver the finished product you are looking for. Careful attention should be made to ensure the product is press ready with proper orientation, as our workflow does not allow for changing this once a file has been uploaded. The following guideline will assist you to visually understand what proper file orientation needs to look like.

Preparing Files for Print

General Artwork Preparation Guidelines

  • Download our template/guide to ensure proper placement of images and text.
  • Each order submitted including multiple paged projects MUST be submitted as a single PDF file. Please ensure that all pages have the proper orientation to ensure proper back up. They must also have bleed and make sure each page are all the same size.
  • It is always a best practice to try to avoid using borders in your design. If a border is too close to the trim, the trim may be slightly off-center. Even a hairline difference can cause your design to look off centered.
  • File must consist of a 1/16" bleed (books and magazines will require an 1/8”). All of the relevent graphics and text must be within the safety margin unless you intend to have part of it cut off(this is sometimes the desired effect, so please make sure it is done the way you would like it printed)
  • Ensure that your PDF process colour (CMYK) and saved in high resolution. As a rule it is suggested all files should be saved at 300 DPI. Spot Colours and coating will need to be set up as such within the chosen layers. Additional charges will apply if applicable.

If you would like a set up guide or template for your order, please email designsquaread@gmail.com and we will send you one. Within the next two weeks we will be populating the largest selection of templates available. Thanks again for working with Ad Design Square.

Turnaround is always an important factor to consider when placing an order. Fortunately, we have established a reputation for having the industry's fastest printing service. In fact, we are the only trade print provider to offer Same Day service as a regular service option for offset, digital and wide format printing. We have consistently operated 24 hours every day. That is equal to 3 x 8 hour shifts per day and we do this 7 days per week. That is the same as 4 x 40hr shifts per week. In short, we do in one day what most printer are able to do in three. At Printer Gateway we realize that time is critical and our job is to make you look amazing to your customers. With that in mind, we have organized our workflow to support various turnaround times/production service levels designed to help you present time-driven options for your clients in order to meet their needs. Take advantage of the turnaround time choices we make available so you can meet every deadline with confidence.

There are other turnaround times available within our website. However they follow the same logic as the chart above. Please use this as a guide and manage your clients' expectations accordingly. Please note these times are based on receiving press ready files. Any errors or corrections may lead to a longer than desired production process as it adds additional processing time.

Selecting additional options when ordering from our store may add additional turn around times to your submitted jobs. You will get an email within a few minutes of submitting a job that helps confirm the turn around time after the job has been submitted. This will almost always include the addition time based on the extra finishing options selected.

Turnaround times are normally calculated online based on store-based orders. Any custom uploads/orders may not have this amount of detail as projects will vary. In most cases, your live status link will still provide an estimated finish date and you will still receive a notice in real time once your order has been completed.

Orders that will be picked up: Please allow a business hour or two after the turnaround to prepare packages for pickup. Although they should be ready, you should always wait until you get an email notification that the job is ready. This notification is sent our by our system in real time the moment your job is boxed.

If our prepress department has approved your order(s) and payment have been processed by 3pm EST, your turnaround time will begin the next business day.

When choosing a custom stock, you can experience delays beyond our control as we can not start the job until we have stock on the floor. Please take custom stock requests into consideration when ordering time-sensitive jobs. One useful best practice is to add ‘or an equivalent stock’. This often gives us additional paper options that may speed up the production process.

Holidays and times like Christmas and New Years can impact turn around times. Having said this, we have been open and in full production each year and are able to do what other companies cannot during this periods. Be sure to subscribe to our newsletter to get important notices as well as our monthly emailed specials.

Die Cutting - Die Supplied

Yes you can supply your own die or if you have ordered this exact product before and have confirmed we still have the die onsite, you can use this selection. It will save you the cost of making the die itself. Another great reason for using Ad Design Square.

Die Cutting - Die Custom

Selecting this option covers the cost of die cutting and ordering a standard die for the job. We will catalogue this die and it can be available for future orders. Once you have completed your first order, in future you can select the Die Supplied option and save on the cost of your repeat orders. Please note that custom die cutting pricing is based on standard complexity die's and there is a possibility that your die could be more expensive because of the intricacies of the die lines. Over 95% percent of the custom dies requested fall within our pricing. However if you are concerned and would like to be on the safe side, please submit a custom quote request and be sure to include a copy of the die line or artwork so that our estimating department can quote your job properly.