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For your convenience, Cardinal Printing has provided the following printing resources to quickly access 24/7. If you should have any additional questions, 
please feel free to email info@cardinal-printing.com or call 630-262-8677.

  • Request File Upload

  • Cardinal Printing uses a simple ShareFile upload procedure. Before uploading, please review our File Prep Guidelines area that will provide you with all the details you will need to prepare your files accordingly.

    Once you are ready to send your project file(s), complete the form fields below and click on the “Upload Request” button. You will soon receive an email from Cardinal Printing that will provide a ShareFile upload link. It’s just that simple!

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  • File Prep Guidelines

  • Offset and Digital File Prep FAQ

    What file type is needed?

    Please send as a .PDF to document size, with crop marks. We prefer that you send files with outlined fonts.

    What colors should I use?

    You should always start and finish your designs in CMYK color mode.

    What is the recommended resolution?

    We strongly suggest 300dpi files and no less. Low resolution files may be printed as is or will be placed on hold until we receive new files, slowing your turn-around.

    How do I set up bleeds?

    Bleeds must extend 1/8” past the crop marks. Also, please keep text or anything you may not want omitted 1/8” from cut line.

    How can I make the color black more solid?

    Rich black is an ink mixture of solid black, 100% K, with additional CMY ink values. This results in a darker tone than black ink alone. If you print black alone as 100% K, the resulting black may not be as dark as you might like. We recommend using C 60 M 40 Y 40 K 100

    Large Format File Prep FAQ

    What file type is needed?

    Please send as a .PDF to document size(NO CROP MARKS). We prefer that you send files with outlined fonts.

    What colors should I use?

    You should always start and finish your designs in CMYK color mode.

    What is the recommended resolution?

    We strongly suggest 300dpi files and no less. Low resolution files may be printed as is or will be placed on hold until we receive new files, slowing your turn-around.

    How do I set up bleeds?

    For most large format items we will need 1/2" bleed without crop marks. Some decals will require no bleeds at all. We will contact you if your file is incorrect.

    How can I make the color black more solid?

    Rich black is an ink mixture of solid black, 100% K, with additional CMY ink values. This results in a darker tone than black ink alone. If you print black alone as 100% K, the resulting black may not be as dark as you might like. We recommend using C 60 M 40 Y 40 K 100

    Screenprint/Embroidery File Prep Guidelines

    VECTOR FILE: is an image that is composed of paths. You will most likely hear the terms spot colors, fonts, outlines,and curves discussed in regard to this type of file. These files are generally created in Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Freehand.

    RASTER FILE: is an image that is composed of pixels. You will most likely hear the terms separations, resolutions, layers, and channels discussed in regard to this type of file. These files are generally created, scanned, or taken from online images into Photoshop.

    Acceptable Art Files

    Spot Color: .PDF, .ai, .esp Please convert fonts to outlines and include PMS spot colors.
    4 Color Process: .PDF, .ai, .esp Please provide at least a 300ppi resolution at what is to be the final printed size. If colors within image are specific, please provide a match paper print.
  • View Folding Guides

  • 6 Page Barrel Fold

    6 Page Barrel Fold

    8 Page Barrel Fold

    8 Page Barrel Fold

    6 Page Accordion Fold

    6 Page Accordion Fold

    8 Page Accordion Fold

    8 Page Accordion Fold

    8 Page Parallel Fold

    8 Page Parallel Fold

    8 Page Right Angle Fold

    8 Page Right Angle Fold

    Gate Fold

    Gate Fold

    Double Gate Fold

    Double Gate Fold
  • View Envelope Types & Sizes

  • Commercial Envelopes

    Commercial Envelopes
    #6 1/4 3 1/2 x 6
    #6 3/4 3 5/8 x 6 1/2
    #8 5/8 3 5/8 x 8 5/8
    #7 3 3/4 x 6 3/4 Monarch 3 7/8 x 7 1/2 (pointed flap)
    #7 3/4 3 7/8 x 7 1/2
    #9 3 7/8 x 8 7/8
    #10 4 1/8 x 9 1/2
    #11 4 1/2 x 10 3/8
    #12 4 3/4 x 11
    #14 5 x 11 1/2

    Window Envelopes

    Window Envelopes
    Window Size Position
    from Left
    Position
    from Right
    #6 1/4 3 1/2 x6 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 3/4 1/2
    #6 3/4 3 5/8 x 6 1/2 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 7/8 1/2
    #7 3 3/4 x 6 3/4 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 7/8 1/2
    Monarch 3 7/8 x 7 1/2 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 7/8 1/2
    #7 3/4 3 7/8 x 7 1/2 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 7/8 1/2
    #8 5/8 Check 3 5/8 x 8 5/8 1 x 4 1 3/4
    #9 3 7/8 x 8 7/8 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 7/8 1/2
    #10 4 1/8 x 9 1/2 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 7/8 1/2
    #11 4 1/2 x 10 3/8 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 7/8 1/2
    #12 #12 4 3/4 x 11 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 7/8 1/2
    #14 5 x 11 1/2 1 1/8 x 4 1/2 7/8 1/2

    Booklet Envelopes

    Booklet Envelopes
    #3 4 3/4 x 6 1/2
    #4 1/2 5 1/2 x 7 1/2
    #5 5 1/2 x 8 1/8
    #6 5 3/4 x 8 7/8
    #6 1/2 6 x 9
    #6 5/8 6 x 9 1/2
    #6 3/4 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
    #7 1/4 7 x 10
    #7 1/2 7 1/2 x 10 1/2
    #9 8 3/4 x 11 1/2
    #9 1/2 9 x 12
    #10 9 1/2 x 12 5/8
    #13 10 x 13

    Catalog Envelopes

    Catalog Envelopes
    #7 Glove 4 x 6 3/8
    #8 Glove 3 7/8 x 7 1/2
    #10 Policy 4 1/8 x 9 1/2
    #11 Policy 4 1/2 x 10 3/8
    #14 Policy 5 x 11 1/2
    #1 Scarf 4 5/8 x 6 3/4
    #3 Scarf 5 x 7 1/2
    #4 1/4 Scarf 5 1/2 x 7 1/2
    #6 Scarf 5 1/2 x 8 1/4
    #1 Catalog 6 x 9
    #1 3/4 Catalog 6 1/2 x 9 1/2
    #3 Catalog 7 x 10
    #6 Catalog 7 1/2 x 10 1/2
    #8 Catalog 8 1/4 x 11 1/4
    #9 3/4 Catalog 8 3/4 x 11 1/4
    #10 1/2 Catalog 9 x 12
    #12 1/2 Catalog 9 1/2 x 12 1/2
    #13 1/2 Catalog 10 x 13
    #14 1/2 Catalog 11 1/2 x 14 1/2
    #15 Catalog 10 x 15
    #15 1/2 Catalog 12 x 15 1/2

    Announcement Envelopes

    Announcement Envelopes
    A-2 4 3/8 x 5 3/4
    A-6 4 3/4 x 6 1/2
    A-7 5 1/4 x 7 1/4
    A-8 5 1/2 x 8 1/8
    A-10 6 x 9 1/2
    Slimline 3 7/8 x 8 7/8

    Baronial Envelopes

    Baronial Envelopes
    4 Bar 3 5/8 x 5 1/8
    5 Bar 4 1/8 x 5 1/2
    5 1/2 Bar 4 3/8 x 5 3/4
    6 Bar 4 3/4 x 6 1/2
    Lee 5 1/4 x 7 1/4

    Remittance Envelopes

    Remittance Envelopes
    Flat Size
    #6 1/4 6 7/8 x 6
    #6 1/2 6 7/8 x 6 1/4
    #6 3/4 7 1/16 x 6 1/2
    #9 7 5/8 x 8 7/8

    Folded Size
    3 1/2 x 6
    3 1/2 x 6 1/4
    3 5/8 x 6 1/2
    3 7/8 x 8 7/8

    Square Envelopes

    Square Envelopes
    5 x 5
    5 1/2 x 5 1/2
    6 x 6
    6 1/2 x 6 1/2
    7 x 7
    7 1/2 x 7 1/2
    8 x 8
    8 1/2 x 8 1/2
    9 x 9
    9 1/2 x 9 1/2