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Exporting Cards to Graphic Files


Business Card Composer can export your card to a graphic file. Such files can be sent to a printing company or used to preview the card design on a computer that doesn't have Business Card Composer installed.

To export a card:

  1. Choose File > Export (Cmd-Opt-E) in the menu.
  2. Type the file name.
  3. Select the output file format.
    Click the Options... button to check or modify the export options.
  4. Click Save.

 

To export a page with multiple cards to the PDF format:

  1. Choose File > Print (Cmd-P) from the menu.
  2. Select the number of cards on the page. It cannot be greater than the number of cards in the selected paper layout. If necessary, activate the printing cut marks.
  3. Click Next to open the standard Print dialog.
  4. Click the PDF button and select Save as PDF from the pop-up menu.

 

Export Options

For the PDF format:
Bleeds and cut marks.
Include both sides of the card. Select this check box to export the front and back sides of the card to one PDF file.
PDF Filter. You can apply a Quartz Filter to the graphic output.
Convert text to curves. If text is converted to curves, the presence of fonts used in the document is not required to preview or print the PDF file.

For the TIFF format:
Resolution.
• Use LZW compression. Enables compression of a TIFF image to reduce the image file size.
• Bleeds and cut marks.
• Color Model. You can choose to save an image with RGB or CMYK colors.

For the EPS format:
• Bleeds and cut marks.
Convert text to curves.

For the JPEG format:
Resolution.
Quality (compression rate).
Bleeds and cut marks.
• Color Model. You can choose to save an image with RGB or CMYK colors.

Bleeds are an additional area along the page (image) edges. Setting bleeds enlarges the page (image) size. Bleeds are used to print special markings like crop marks, and to trim pages after printing.

 

Choosing a Graphic Format to Export

If you are not sure which format to use, contact the print shop or the place where you are going to send your document.

The TIFF format produces higher quality images compared to JPEG, due to uncompressed graphics. The disadvantage of TIFF is that it takes more time to export and results in a larger file size.

Click the Options button if you need to change the resolution of a TIFF document. Contact your print shop to find out if they have any specific requirements for the resolution of the TIFF images.

JPEG can be used for pictures, but not always for text, tables and graphics with thin lines. Use JPEG when you want to make a lower-quality preview of your document, send it by e-mail, or place it on a web site.

Click the Options button if you need to change the resolution and quality of a JPEG file.

In most cases, the PDF format is the best. PDF files are small because of efficient compression. This format is optimal for documents with both text and graphics. PDF files can contain data in a vector format.

 


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