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Painted Edge Business Cards

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  • Artwork files require a 0.125 bleed, 300 dpi files, CMYK mode. If you are using vector files like PDF, AI, or EPS please outline all fonts. When you upload a PSD file, please merge all visible layers.Max file size: 200 MBPermitted file types: jpg jpeg jpe png gif pdf psd ai eps tiff


Artwork files require a 0.125 bleed, 300 dpi files, CMYK mode. If you are using vector files like PDF, AI, or EPS please outline all fonts. When you upload a PSD file, please merge all visible layers.

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Colored Edge Business Cards

Our painted edge business cards are a one-of-a-kind detailing effect where the edges of your business cards are painted in vivid colors giving them a unique look. Painting edges is possible due to our thick and luxurious 32pt uncoated card stock which results in strong, bold cards which feel heavy in the hands. Custom printed business cards with a tinted border can have a huge impact on your brand. These business cards are available in 14 colors, including gold and other metallic colors for added shine. You can get these cards in the following sizes:

– 2″ x 3.5″
– 2.125″ x 3.375″
– 2.5″ x 2.5″

These premium cards are popular with photographers, designers and other creative professionals who understand the value of stunning, thick business cards. Painting edges on business cards also enhances the image of luxury brands, making them popular in boutiques and stores. Take advantage of bulk printing to save even more on your order. Print up to 1,000 painted edge business cards all ready to ship in only 4 business days. The fastest turnaround in NYC!

How are painted edge cards made?

Colored edge business cards, also called edge painting, are an optional feature where ink is applied to the edge of your cards. Available in 4 types: custom (CMYK/Pantone), fluorescent, metallic, and foil; adding an edge color will make your prints look more stylish and definitely make them stand out. They are perfect for business cards or beautiful wedding invitations! Your customers will stop and take notice when you hand them a painted edge business card from Printing New York!

The Colored Edge process involves applying ink to the side edges of the card. After selecting the desired thickness of the cardstock, the cardstock surfaces are laminated together to create extremely strong cards, and all the edges are inked. The thicker the paper used, the more effectively the edges are colored. Use these colored borders to contrast with your logo or graphics, or to complement the solid color of your card background.

This colored border will make your customers take a second or even a third look at your card. The thick paper, bright complementary colors, silky look and feel of the card will all help make your brand unforgettable.

Why you should be painting edges on your cards

Painted edge business cards printing gives your business cards a bold yet fresh look, even when viewed from the side. These business cards have an attractive band of solid color around the edges, giving your business cards and your brand a real cutting edge appeal.

Painted edge cards are more than twice as thick as regular business cards. The 32 pt. thickness is slightly thicker than a credit card and is the heaviest card available. Because of this thickness, the colors are visible on the side, making them easily visible on a stand or stack of business cards.

There are 17 different edge colors available for these premium custom business cards. This includes a wide range of solid and shimmering metallic colors, including red, gold, metallic and more. All painted maple business cards are printed on double-thick uncoated cardstock for a luxurious muted look and a nice weight and feel to your cards.

Thick business cards with colorful edges are popular with creative professionals such as photographers, graphic designers, and anyone who wants a truly exceptional business card. Printing business cards with colored edges is also popular among luxury and boutique brands.

If the front and back of a business card are not enough, there are four more sides to work with: edges. Coloring the edges can be combined with an existing color in the design or can be done in a contrasting tone to add an unexpected splash of color. Such finishing processes can add sophistication to a card design.

Non-metallic Pantone colors use a matte edge finish and metallic colors use a shimmering edge finish. If you want a very shiny metallic look, foil edges will work for you (more on that below). This process is not perfect for everything, but when it is appropriate, it can be an exciting and distinctive detail. Soft, muted colors tend to be difficult to spot, while bright, vibrant colors show up much better. We do not outline the edges of cut-out cards, as the edges tend to “soak up” the ink rather than leave it in the margin. On very soft paper, the ink can rub off, requiring careful handling of the cards and sometimes filing.

When a shiny metallic finish is required, the best method is edge foil. This process may require a longer turnaround time so please contact/contact-us/ our team for more details. There are a number of foil colors available, but gold and silver are the most popular. Nothing is more satisfying than opening a box of greeting cards and seeing a metallic foil edge staring back at you.

Need help with this?

Our expert team is always here to help with any customizations you require.
Available 10am-6pm weekdays by phone, email or livechat.

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What is CMYK?

In offset printing, the standard color mode used in CMYK. CMYK, or Cyan, Magenta, Yellow & Black represent the four process colours in this mode. When you are creating your files, be sure to check the color mode as programs like Photoshop by default use RBG color, not CMYK. CMYK may look more dull on a computer screen than RGB; more noticeable in large solid color areas.

Accepted File Formats

We require industry standard formats for all uploaded files. We keep quality in mind when we print every job. We accept the following file formats: TIF – JPG – PDF – EPS – PSD. We accept CorelDraw, Pagemaker & Quark or similar files by converting them to industry standard graphic formats like JPG, TIF or PDF.

Rich Black vs 100% Black

Large black areas or fonts bigger than 36 points should use Rich Black which stops areas appearing gray. Rich Black is created with 30% Cyan, 30% Magenta, 30% Yellow, 100% Black. This setup will keep black areas looking rich and bold. For best results with regular body text, do not use Rich Black.

What Paper to Choose?

Paper should be addressed first in your design work. With postcards, the best option is to choose a thicker cardstock instead of a thinner text weight. The difference between these 2 types of paper is thickness. Our text weight is based on pounds and our card stock is weighted by points. Want to feel the difference? Order a Free Sample Kit today.

What is Font Outlining?

We might not have the same fonts on our systems as your computer, so when saving your files in a vector based program (Illustrator, InDesign, Quark, CorelDraw) please outline your fonts. This will convert them to a vector image, will not effect the clarity and will allow us to see the same text as you see on your screen.

Coating Types

We have many coating options at Printing New York. Matte, UV, silk and spot UV. Choose the coating based on your application. For example, if you want to write on your cards with a pen, do not choose UV coating as a pen won’t write on it. In this case a matte or uncoated stock coating would suit. Choose UV coating for flyers or banners and our rich silk gives a touch of elegance; 16pt stock a more durable feeling.


What resolution should my files be for printing?

When printing, 300 PPI is the best print resolution for digital printers. The design of a file with a resolution below 300 PPI will result in blurring and pixelization. On the other hand, you should not design with a resolution higher than 300 PPI. As far as the eye can see, there will be no difference in print quality. It will also make your file much larger (increase file upload/transfer time).

We always recommend 300 PPI drawings to print, but we also know that sometimes you do not have the ability to edit your drawings. If you cannot print your files with a resolution of 300 PPI, you will have to take some measures to ensure that a lower resolution works for you.

We recommend that you set the resolution in your graphics editor (i.e. Photoshop) to 300 PPI before you start drawing your file. Increasing the resolution after the start will still result in blurring/pixelation.

How are my artworks checked?

All the work is checked by our team before printing. If we have any problems with the files, we will contact you and advise you how to change the format. Please note that conversion of both color and size mode will be done automatically without prior information.

During the analysis of the illustrations, we check

– if the files are presented in one of the accepted formats (PDF, JPG, TIFF, EPS or PS).
– if the number of pages is correct
– if the file supplied is greyscale (only if you have ordered a color print)
– if the file is the right size (otherwise we will scale your work to the desired size, however, this may result in a reduction in resolution. No additional bleeding will be added to the process either).
– if the drill lines have been specified
– if the appropriate fonts have been incorporated into the file.

Why do my artwork files need bleed?

To ensure that there are no white areas on the printed product, all files submitted should have a 2mm bleed on each side. This means that your design (both images and graphics) should always be 2mm larger than the actual print format. Failure to do so may result in slight variations, resulting in white margins. To ensure that the fonts and essential elements of your drawing are visible, place them at least 3mm away from the final format (not including bleeding) and do not use edges as edges in layouts.

– If you are submitting data for printing in an open format, the bleed should be 4mm on each side (e.g. A4 size including bleed should be 301×214mm).
– If you are submitting files for presentation folders, banners, monthly calendars, packaging or any other promotional technology products, please prepare a file with 3mm bleed on each side
– Envelopes should be supplied with a 1mm bleed.
– The textile elastic frames must be bled 15mm.

If you need more information, please consult our artwork instructions.

What file types can my artwork be?

You can upload files in the following formats:
JPG, PDF, EPS, TIFF, PS (PostScript)

Make sure that your PDF file is saved directly from your graphics program in standard PDF/X format (PDF/X3 or PDF/X1a). To avoid problems with layers and transparencies during the printing process, it is recommended to use the “1.3 compatibility” setting when saving artworks.

If you are sending TIFF files, be sure to reduce the number of layers to one.

To avoid problems with color variation or printed image, please do not use pre-separated data from DCS EPS.

How and where can I pickup my prints?

We are open for pick-up Monday to Friday from 10am to 6pm. After hours, you can always fill out our /contact/ form and we will contact you within one hour during business hours. We offer two locations in downtown New York City. Check which is more convenient – the SOHO district of Manhattan or Bensonhurst area, Brooklyn. Both our offices are easily accessible by subway and car.

Quality and consistency are an important part of every printing job in New York City. We employ only the professionals who run our machines, and our talented design team is ready to help you design your next printing project. At Printing New York, we only accept orders online, however, if you have any questions or concerns about placing your order, please call us and we will have a member of our team accompany you throughout the process. Our expert and friendly advice, combined with our talented designers and professional printing staff, all combine to give our clients a service that will take you to the extreme. Stop by one of our New York offices and see for yourself.

Are you an eco-friendly printer?

Yes we are! We offer the widest range of eco-friendly printing products available in New York using soy ink, including recycled business cards, brochures, presentation folders, sales sheets, stationery, catalogs, flyers, calendars and more. Recycled paper is now our standard stock.

Historically, the printing industry has had a poor reputation for caring for the environment, with excessive use of water and electricity, paper waste and the use of volatile chemicals resulting in toxic waste. Protecting the environment is one of New York Print’s major concerns, and we strive to put our planet first.

And this is how Print New York is making a difference:

– Using soy-based inks
– Use of recycled paper stocks as standard
– Printing methods, such as duplex printing, that reduce paper usage
– Modern machines that significantly reduce energy consumption
– Elimination of toxic and volatile chemicals
– Alcohol-free presses
– We recycle redundant machines and computer parts.
– We recycle our printing plates, press blankets, bottles, cans and containers

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Review Highlights - Painted Edge Business Cards

4.5 / 5
564 Total reviews
91% Would order again
  1. Aristocats
    United States
    Verified Buyer

    Excellent painted edge business cards! The attention to detail is wonderful and they came shrink wrapped for protection. Thank you Printing New York!

  2. Mark J.
    United States
    Verified Buyer

    These are a wonderful looking business card. We chose red and it came out much brighter than I expected, but in a good way. Definitely the thicker the card you choose the better this is.

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