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Artwork for Postcards

If you have artwork you would like us to use to print postcards, please carefully read the information below.

Setting up your artwork
Your artwork should be sized at size you need your item to be, with the resolution being 200-300 dpi (300 dpi will give better results).

IMPORTANT: Keep text, photos, and graphics at least 1/4" inch from the edge of your artwork. Otherwise your text, photos or graphics could end up being too close to the edge of your cards.

File formats we can work with
We can work with artwork saved in any of the following file formats:
.ai (Adobe Illustrator)
.psd (PhotoShop)

We prefer working with .pdf or .ai files (Adobe Illustrator)

If you will be sending an Adobe llustrator file (.ai) - please save it as version CS 6 (or lower) and convert all fonts to paths / outlines

While it's not the best program for designing artwork, we may be able to extract graphic images that have been saved in a Microsoft Word file.

Sorry, but we are unable to work with PowerPoint or Publisher files. If you have PowerPoint or Publisher files, please save them as a .tiff or .jpg.

Sending clip art, logos, photos or finished artwork

If you have a logo, a photo, or any type of clip art you would like us to use, please send it as a high-resolution .jpg or .psd file, preferrably at 200-300 dpi. (300 dpi yields better results).

To send files for us to use, click use the form below. Be sure an let us know what type of item you are looking to have produced where it says "Enter a Message Here".

Potential Problems with Fonts

When we receive artwork that has been created using a font we don't have, problems can arise.

If we don't have the EXACT font that was used (there are many variations of common fonts and there's a good chance those variations will not work), we won't be able to print your design and have it look the way you intended it to look.

However, there are ways around this problem.

If your artwork is created in CorelDraw or Adoble Illustrator, please convert the fonts to what are known as paths / outlines before sending your file. (To convert to paths / outlines simply select all the type in the design and choose the "convert to paths / outlines" option under the type menu).

Another way to avoid font problems is to send your artwork in any of the following file formats (.pdf, .psd, .jpg, .bmp, or .tif). If you use any of these file formats, we won't have a problem with the fonts.

If you are planning to create and send a relatively simple design, it might just be easier to have our graphics department create the design for you. And since basic design and set-up is included in the price, it would probably be easier for you, too.

Digital Printing and Color Matching

The items we produce will all printed on a high-quality Konica Minolta digital color laser printer.

And because we print digitally, we are unable to offer exact Pantone color matching.

If you need any item we produce to be color matched, please let us know when placing your order so we can let you know how close we can come to the colors you need.

If you need clip-art for your design, but don't have what you need

If you want to include a graphic image (often referred to as clip art) in your design, but don't have what you need, we have a possible solution.

You can go to clipart.com and look through their vast collection of online clip art. We have a subscription to their service and we can use the clip art found on their site to help create your design.

To facilitate your search, simply enter a word or short phrase that describes what you are looking for in their search window. After viewing the results, if you find a piece of clip art you'd like us to use, click on the item and you will see a file number associated with that piece of clip art. Write that item number down and let us know what it is. We then will be able to find it and hopefully use it to create your design.

As soon as we receive your artwork, we will create a prototype as soon as possible and then post it to a private area of our web site for you to see. You can then give your approval (or request a revision) before we start producing your order.


Don Ratliff
aka Dr. Don

Dr. Don's Buttons, Badges & More
3906 W. Morrow Drive
Glendale, AZ 85308

(800) 243-8293
or (623) 869-8233