Printing Resources and FAQ's

What is Printing Bleed?

What is Bleed, and why do I need it?

BLEED is a printing term that refers to printing that goes beyond the edge of the sheet after trimming. If you want ink to the edges, you have to add bleed. You should build your document with at least 1/16" added to each side.

Example: A flyer with a final size of 8-1/2" x 11" with bleeds would need art size of 8-5/8" x 11-1/8". A business cards with bleeds should be 3-5/8 x 2-1/8. 

SAFETY refers to the area just inside the margins that is not meant to be trimmed off. Keep in mind that because of the mechanical tolerances involved in commercial printing, the actual cut can happen anywhere between the bleeds and the safety area.


How do I send big files?

To send us big files, use Dropbox or Google Drive. 

Please put multiple files in one folder, 

and then share them with our email: 

If you have any questions, please call or email us.

Get High Resolution Images from Google

Using Google Images

Google Images can be used to locate Royalty Free images. Low resolution images will print blurry, so be sure to always use high resolution images in your files for printing.
An image size of 2MP will be ok for a small business card. For larger items select 4MP which will work for 7” x 5” imprint areas.
Click on find out more for info on finding high resolution images.

Color Resources:

Full Color CMYK Printing

Full Color CMYK Printing:

All full color artwork should be submitted in CMYK only.
RGB colors on your screen/monitor will not print the same as CMYK on paper. Always convert your artwork to CMYK for the most accurate representation of your finished piece. 

Also, remember to convert all Pantone® colors to CMYK. 

Pantone Color Finder

Pantone® Color Finder:

Pantone®, or the Pantone Matching System (PMS) is the set of inks that provide a wide range of colors used in traditional spot color printing.
Use the online Pantone® Color Finder to find the exact color you need. Search for a color, then click on the result to get the CMYK mix. 


Dense Black, Rich Black and Super Black:

When large areas of artwork are covered in 100% black ink, they may appear to be washed-out or dark gray. To avoid this problem, we recommend using "Rich Black", which will add cyan, magenta and yellow to deepen the black. Build larger, solid black areas at: 

C60%, M40%, Y40%, K100% (240% ink coverage)  

 Text, thin lines and thin graphic elements should be specified as 

C0%, M0%, Y0%, K100%.  


When creating your artwork, your request of a certain font may not be one that we can match. To avoid discrepancies in text, we ask that you convert all your fonts to "outlines" (or "curves"). This flattens the type and makes it a graphic, thus avoiding any possible character discrepancies.  

Are you looking for a specific font for your file? Identifont provides a range of features to help you locate fonts or find information about fonts: Identify fonts by appearance, find fonts by name, fonts by similarity, find picture or symbol fonts, find fonts by designer or publisher. 

Quotes and Online Ordering:

At Shamrock Printing, we do all kinds of custom printing. 

Each job is priced depending on the  paper stock, size and quantity needed.

Provide us with your job specs, and we will contact you within 24 hours with a quote.

We accept most major credit cards: Visa, Mastercard and AMEX.