Printing Help

How To Create a Custom Design With PrintPlace

Not every design you create will conform to the standard paper sizes and design elements. Though we have hundreds of different options available from our standard templates, you might still have something different in mind. That’s fine, in fact; we encourage it. The templates we provide are blank slates that give you the size and fold pattern of the final product. The artwork and design is done by you.

We have a custom printing team ready to work with you to provide a quote for your project, whether it’s die cutting a business card or using metallic ink to make your words shine. Just contact our Custom Quote department either by phone at 877.405.3949 or online.

Many of the custom projects we see, however, are simply a custom size for print job. Almost all of our products allow you to select a custom trim size and still get an automatic quote. When you click to select the product from our website, you will see the quote options on the right. At the bottom of the options, if it’s available, will be a “Custom Trim” section. If you set this to “Yes” you can specify a custom height and width for your print job. The size you specify is the size we’ll use to trim the print job, but the artwork you upload needs to be slightly larger to account for the bleed areas. When you upload your artwork, we need an extra 1/8th of an inch (0.125 in decimal) on all sides of the paper outside your trim size. So if you set a custom trim to be 5 inches high by 4 inches wide, your submitted artwork would need to be 5 ¼ by 4 ¼ (1/8th inch on the left and right adds up to ¼ inch, the same with the top and bottom). Also, don’t place any text or vital graphics within 1/8th inch of the trim size you specified.

Products that allow a custom trim size:

  • Booklets
  • Bookmarks
  • Brochures
  • Calendars
  • Catalogs
  • Flyers
  • Folded Postcards
  • Greeting Cards
  • Hang Tags
  • Letterhead
  • Menus
  • Newsletters
  • Notepads
  • Postcards
  • Posters
  • Rack Cards
  • Sales Sheets

Note that on any folded design there might need to be a difference in the panel sizes. If you want to do a custom trim on a folded product, call us at 877.405.3949 (from 7am to 8pm CT) to get some help setting up your artwork correctly.