Artwork Guidelines and Our Proprietary Inks

All artwork, designs and images must be provided in minimum of 300 DPI and CMYK color mode. Crutch Cards is not responsible for images printed as fuzzy, distorted or pixilated due to customer provided artwork. Crutch Cards will convert any spot color or RGB images into CMYK in order to print.

All fonts in vector files that have been created in Illustrator or InDesign must be outlined and embedded when saved and submitted. All layers in Photoshop must be flattened, all text and smart objects need to be rasterized. Any file submitted other than TIFF, EPS, PDF or JPG may not print correctly and are being used as at the customer’s own risk. (GIF’s, PNG’s, etc., may not print correctly.)

All type needs to be 1/8” from the trim edge line. All bleeds must be 1/8” outside the trim edge line, any object that does not have sufficient bleed may show a white border when it is cut to size.

Crutch Cards is not responsible for any color shift in converted photographs or graphics (RGB images). Color shifts from a perceived black or gray must be addressed prior to file submission.

Our prepress department checks most artwork files before printing, but you are still 100% responsible for the accuracy of your print-ready artwork files, and we encourage you to proofread all files carefully before submitting to Crutch Cards.

How To Use Our Templates

Download A Template

After sending your order download one of our PDF templates make it easy to lay out your design either horizontally or vertically. Each template has layers showing perforations, bleed, trim and safe areas of Crutch Cards.

Create Your Design

For the best results, we suggest Adobe Illustrator for razor sharp graphics. Vector designs print best on Crutch Cards, but photos look great too. Add your design to the Artwork layer of the template.

Send Us Your File

When saving your file make sure to outline any fonts, embed images and convert your design to CMYK mode. AI files are preferred to send to us but other acceptable formats include: