Printing, mailing and distribution services

Design templates are for customers who would like to create their own designs (brochures, posters, flyers, postcards, etc.) but may not be familiar with how to set up files for professional printing. These templates include guides for trim lines, bleed lines and safe print areas, as well as instructions on how to save a print ready PDF with cropmarks.

A common mistake most people make when providing print ready files is to not add bleeds and cropmarks. If the final print needs to have color, graphics or images that extend to the edge of the paper with no white border, the file needs bleeds. To accomplish this, the file is printed on oversized paper, trimmed and folded (if needed) to the finish size. Cropmarks provide a guide for where to trim and bleeds allow for any shifting when trimming. For more information on bleeds, check out our Resources​ page or view our instructional video, Does Your File Bleed?.

Another thing to keep in mind when setting up a design file is to keep content at least one quarter inch away from the trim line.  This is shown on the templates as the safe print area. Then, when the file is trimmed, important information does not get cut off.

The table below shows the type of template and the following:

  • print size – use oversized paper to allow for cropmarks and bleeds;
  • trim size – the size the file will be trimmed to; and
  • finish size.

The trim and finish size will be the same unless the document is folded. If it’s folded, then the trim size is the unfolded size and the finish size is the folded size.

Template Print Size Trim Size Finish Size Folding Available Downloads
The following templates are one page templates. Pages may be added to include a backside, all guides and marks will be identical for additional pages. To download a template, click on the desired software icon and save it to your computer. Open the desired software​, choose file > open and select the saved template. ​ ​ ​ ​
Book cover
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12 x 18 in. 11 x 17 in. 8.5 x 11 in. Yes InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Poster/Flyer
Vertical
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11 x 17 in. 8.5 x 11 in. 8.5 x 11 in. No InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Poster/Flyer
Horizontal
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17 x 11 in. 11 x 8.5 in 11 x 8.5 in. No InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Poster/Flyer
Vertical
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12 x 18 in. 11 x 17 in 11 x 17 in. No InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Poster/Flyer
Horizontal
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18 x 12 in. 17 x 11 in. 17 x 11 in. No InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Postcard
Vertical
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8.5 x 11 in. 4.25 x 6 in 4.25 x 6 in. No InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Postcard
Horizontal
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11 x 8.5 in. 6 x 4.25 in. 6 x 4.25 in. No InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Jumbo Postcard -
extra postage required

Vertical
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8.5 x 11 in.
5.5 x 8.5 in.
5.5 x 8.5 in.
No
InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Jumbo Postcard -
extra postage required

Horizontal
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11 x 8.5 in.
8.5 x 5.5 in.
8.5 x 5.5 in.
No
InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Templates for wide format banners are not available for Microsoft Word. Word only allows a maximum page size of 22 in. x 22 in. If you must use Word, make your document proportionally smaller, include cropmarks and bleeds, and make sure your images are high resolution. Vector logos and graphic work best for wide format printing.
Small ​Banner
Horizontal
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​n/a
(Determined by size of paper roll)
36 x 24 in. ​36 x 24 in. ​No InDesignIllustratorPublisher
​Medium Banner
Horizontal
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​​n/a
(Determined by size of paper roll)
60 x 24 in. 60 x 24 in. ​No InDesignIllustratorPublisher
​Large Banner
Horizontal
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​n/a
(Determined by size of paper roll).
​72 x 36 in. ​72 x 36 in. ​No InDesignIllustratorPublisher
Retractable Banner
Vertical
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​n/a
(Determined by size of paper roll)
33.5 x 84 in. 33.5​ x 84 in. ​No InDesignIllustratorPublisher

Template Print Size Trim Size Finish Size Folding Available Downloads
The following templates are two page templates. Adding pages to these templates is not recommended since guides and marks are different on each side. To effectively show the guides in Microsoft Word the pages have been separated into side A and side B templates and zipped into one folder.

To download a template, click on the desired software icon and s
ave it to your computer. If using the Microsoft Word templates unzip the folder before opening by right clicking on the folder and selecting Extract All. Open the desired software, choose file > open and select the saved template.
Tri-fold brochure
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17 x 11 in. 11 x 8.5 in. 3.68 x 8.5 in. Yes InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Tri-fold brochure
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17 x 11 in. 12 x 9 in. 4 x 9 in.
Yes InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Double parallel brochure
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17 x 11 in. 14 x 8.5 in. 3.53 x 8.5 in. Yes InDesignIllustratorPublisherWord
Template

Envelope Size

The following envelope templates are intended to help with delivery and return address alignment on #10 envelopes.
Single window envelope template

4.125 x 9.5 in.
Double window envelope template
4.125 x 9.5 in.


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