seed paper templates
preparing your files
Bleed A bleed is a printed image, graphic or background that extends beyond the trim edge. For trimming purposes, bleeds must extend .125" beyond trim edge.
Live Area Live area describes the imprint area that is deemed ‘safe” from trimming. It is .25” in from the trim edge on all sides.
Image Resolution 300-400dpi at 100%.
Color Color must be saved as CMYK. Conversions from Pantone (PMS) to CMYK may produce unexpected results. Included/requested PMS colors will be representative.
Coverage Cardstock: full coverage, 4-color (CMYK) process; bleed may not be available. Seed Paper: 20% ink coverage/20% dot gain (see Printing Information). Solid black areas print best as a build of 40% Cyan, 40% Magenta, 40% Yellow and 100% Black.
Letterpress Art can be submitted as line (vector) art only. Save as PDF or EPS. Minimum coverage is recommended.
accepted file formats
Adobe Illustrator (CC2014 or lower) Save as an EPS or PDF file, fonts converted to paths or outlines. If images are linked, please remember to submit separately or embed them.
Photoshop (CC2014 or lower) Save as TIFF or JPEG, in CMYK or Grayscale, 300-400dpi. Image size must be printed size plus 1/8” bleed all around when applicable.
Adobe InDesign (CC2014 or lower) Save as PDFX-1a, Press or Print Optimized. Remember to include bleed in your PDF settings.
QuarkXPress Save as PDFX-1a, Press or Print Optimized. Remember to include bleed in your PDF settings. Page size must be set to the bleed size of your job.
Publisher, Word, Powerpoint Save/export as PDF.
seed paper planting instructions
We encourage you to include planting instructions on your seed paper promotions. Write your own, or use one of the recommended versions below:
This card is embedded with wildflower seeds. Soak in water overnight. Cover with a thin layer of soil and keep moist until seedlings are established.
The handmade paper shape is embedded with annual and perennial wildflower seeds. Soak the paper in water overnight. Cover with a thin layer of soil and keep evenly moist until seedlings are established. Sprouts will appear in a week or two.
Plant this seeded paper and watch your garden grow—a little reminder that beauty surrounds us every day.
submitting your art