Introducing Navitor Custom Print
Our NEW design studio enables you to really get creative. Upload your own artwork or use artwork created by our graphic designers! Use our text design tools to curve, angle, or style text by the letter, word, or line.
Get Started With Our Step-By-Step Guides
When beginning a business card, the Design Template screen will appear to choose a template. Select the Orientation on the upper left for a Horizontal or Vertical design. And sort for the best design using the search option in the upper left or the categories on the left hand side. For demonstrating purpose, the basic Solid White template will be shown.
After clicking a template, the user may now typeset the company information.
The Design Options menu pop-up appears in the Design Studio as default. This menu may prevent fully viewing the artwork being typeset. To minimize the Design Options menu, click the parallel lines inside the small box on the right side of the menu. This will minimize the options screen.
The Design Options pop-up menu is minimized in this view. To bring the Design Options menu back, just click the parallel lines.
To edit text, start by clicking the field to typeset. Click the Edit Text button and type.
A solid blue box shows which text box is currently being edited. Business Name has been typed in the name text box field to demonstrate.
Once typeset, please take time to carefully review the content for any spelling, punctuation, capitalization or syntax errors. Then click Apply. Use the Spell Check feature on the Text tab to also check for spelling.
Please note, the user may return and edit this artwork anytime prior to submitting the order. Though a best practice is to internally review and verify content to prevent errors. Later in the demonstration, the proofing process will also be shown where a pdf proof may be downloaded for final review.
The impact of not carefully proofing may result in reprinting delays and financial loss. Each order transmits directly from the web straight onto the press. This means the typesetter is responsible to verify the artwork is correct prior to submitting. Because of the direct process to print, generally the production facility is unable to cancel nor make changes with how quick the order does flow to the press. By reviewing throughout the typesetting process this will assist in preventing errors.
Continue to add text to each editable field by clicking Edit Text and then Apply.
For quicker typing use the tab key on the keyboard to tab through the template to add text.
In the event you do not require all template fields, the additional text boxes may be deleted from the template.
To delete, click on the text box and click the button X Delete on the top right of the toolbar. To select multiple text boxes, click hold and drag as seen in the image of all the top boxes being selected.
Please note, the Design Studio template is developed so if the text box is not removed, the template text box will not print on the final artwork. However, if the box is clicked on and any character is entered in error, this will print. As a result a best practice is to delete the text box for internal checks to prevent errors. When reviewing the proof at the end, a best practice is to look for any additional lines of text appearing in the artwork.
To add this additional line, click T+ Add Text button in the Toolbar.
After clicking the T+ Add Text on the toolbar, a new text box will appear in the upper right corner. The text box loads in the default location with a default size and typestyle.
To move the text box click, hold and drag to the desired location.
Caution, that right below the Edit Text button there is a round teal button. This feature allows to rotate the text. To undo the typesetting or accidental movement of the text box, simply click the Undo button from the Toolbar above.
The new text box has been moved to the correct location. Though, now the text box is a different size than the others and the text is justified to the left instead of the center.
To extend the text box size, use the blue arrows by clicking, holding and dragging to make the box larger or smaller.
To center the text, on the Toolbar select Text Alignment and then center from the drop down.
The added line of text has now been centered.
The next step is to adjust the typestyle and type size to match. To determine the matching typestyle and size, click another existing text box. Under the Text tab on the Toolbar locate the drop down option to find the typestyle and type size.
On this screen capture, the default typestyle of the added text is Gill Sans with a type size of 6. The template selected type style is Arial size 8.
Using the drop downs on the Toolbar Text tab, change the typestyle from Gill Sans to Arial. And the font size from 6 to 8.
In addition to the Add Text tool, there are more Design Studio features.
The first advanced tool is the paint brush that allows the default black text to be changed to a different color.
To change the color, click on the text and then select the paint brush tool from the Toolbar. A drop down menu will appear with full color swatches to choose from. These are navINK generic programmed colors. However, there is an option from the drop down to enter a custom CMYK mix. To enter a specific CMYK mix click the View More from the drop down.
Multiple items may be colored at once. In this view multiple lines of personalization have been selected as there are blue boxes around all the text boxes. To select multiple text boxes, hold down the Shift key on the keyboard and left click on the respective text boxes to be colored. Multiple items may also be selected by clicking and dragging around the text boxes.
When clicking on View More from the paint brush color changer tool, the displayed window will appear to add your CMYK percentages. Once entered, view the color to the right and click Apply.
To rotate text, click and hold the rotate tool. This is the teal arrow in a circle below the selected text. While continuing to hold, move the text to the desired angle.
Equally Space Line Vertically tool allows you to evenly space text. Highlight all text to be equally spaced. The top and bottom text are the anchors that determine the top and bottom for the text to be evenly distributed between.
The text has now been evenly distributed.
To assist with alignment, there is also the feature to show grid. Click Grid under the Alignment tab to show or remove the grid guide. This grid will not print.
Click Stock Logo under the Images tab to locate and add a stock logo.
Choose a category of stocks on the left side.
Alternatively, search for a key term to locate a stock logo. Shown here, "book" was searched.
Click Create QR Codes to generate a custom QR Code.
Resize and move the logo to the desired location, making sure the logo is within the safe text printing margin.
Click Create QR Codes under the Alignment tab to generate a custom QR Code.
May create a QR code for a phone number, website or create a vCard.
Click Use This QR Code to place on the business card.
Move and resize as needed.
Add a line or solid back by clicking Line or Shape under the Images tab. When the feature is added, they will automatically default in the center. Stretch, rotate and move to the desired location.
Use the Bring to Front or Send to Back feature to display the correct layer on the front to be viewable.
The Design Template menu has an option to create a completely custom business card with custom artwork with no template.
On this screen, click the Upload Here template. The preview of this image is completely blank and after clicking on the Upload Here template, it will prompt immediately to upload artwork.
Click Browse to locate the file on the computer and then Upload verifying the artwork does meet the Acceptable File requirements.
On the Upload Picture/Logo screen, there is a cancel in the lower right corner. By clicking, this will go to the design studio to begin designing. The artwork may still be uploaded using the Upload Picture/Logo button on the Toolbar.
My artwork won’t upload. Now what do I do?
- Verify the file meets the acceptable requirements. Check to see that it is under 100MB and is an accepted file type.
- Verify you have a good internet connection. Try completing an internet speed test. If your internet speed is low, the file upload may time out.
- Try a different internet browser. For example, switch from Internet Explorer to Chrome.
- Ensure you're using the latest version of the internet browser.
- Delete your internet browser's cache and cookies.
This slide is showing the blank template if the Cancel button was selected on the Upload Picture/Logo screen was selected.
At this time, let us take a moment to review the printing margins that are noted on the blank Design Template. There are three dotted boxes, known as the margins, that mark where the artwork should be placed.
- The inner most margin, noted with the inside dotted box, is the safe printing area. All text and logos are to fit within this inner margin to prevent any text or artwork being cut off.
- The middle margin, or the second dotted box, is the cut line. This is the true size of the final product. Please note that because of the production process, shifting may occur. The exact cut may be off by up to 1/16 of an inch.
- The outer most margin is the bleed. To prevent having a white edge around the product, the artwork should be extended to the outer most margin.
Notice the artwork is small and loaded into the center of the template. If the artwork has text, please make sure all text and logos are within the inner most margin so no artwork is cut off.
If you do not wish to have any white space on the card, stretch to fit extending to the farthest margin (through the grey area on the studio template). Again, also making sure any logos or text is inside the inner most margin.
Shown the artwork is being stretched to fit so the artwork extends into the outer bleed margin. The artwork will stretch in the set ratio so it will not distort the artwork. As a result with this current artwork, there will be white space on the left and right of the business card where the artwork has not filled all the way through the bleed margin (grey area on the studio template).
Notice there is also a caution symbol to the left of the uploaded artwork. This means the artwork is not meeting the Acceptable File recommendations. To view the caution message simply hover over the icon. In this case, a warning pops up that the image is low resolution, meaning the final product will not be a clear and crisp image. Please delete the image and upload a higher resolution image at least 300 DPI. Because this is a full color picture, 600 DPI is recommended.
To help fit the image to the template, there is an advanced tool option to crop an image to the correct size. To crop, select the image and hover. A Crop button will appear in the center of the artwork.
After clicking the Crop button, the Review Artwork screen will appear to crop the image. Move the small square corners in to crop the image.
All sides have been moved in on this slide to demonstrate how to crop in the Review Artwork screen. The greyed out area is the part to be removed from the photo and the light area is the area to keep. After selecting the area of the photo to keep, click the Update Image button.
Please note that this process of cropping may need to be done multiple times depending on the artwork as it is more of a guess and check process being there is no ruler. To prevent the need to crop, create the artwork using the respective product template dimensions in a professional design software program like InDesign, Illustrator or Photoshop.
After clicking the Update Image button, the recently cropped image will load on the template. Continue to fit the image to the margins, extending the artwork out to the bleed margin.
Shown here is the image cropped and stretched to fit the template. When printed the artwork will go all the way to the finished edge without any white.
Once the artwork placement and content has been verified, click Next to proceed to upload a back using the Design Template menu.
After clicking next, the Design Template will again pop-up if you selected a Front & Back business card option. Select the orientation for the back on the upper left on the screen and select the respective template whether a pre-templated design or upload your own.
The respective template will then load into the studio. Select Change Design if a different template is wanted or click Next to proceed to the proof screen.
The Print Confirmation screen, also known as the proof approval screen, will appear after the front and back artwork has been added.
The images under the Front and Back is a quick preview of the finished product. This view does not show the bleed.
The Return to design button in the lower left corner will return the artwork to the Design Studio to continue to make edits.
To view a full proof with the bleeds or download a pdf proof to email, click the blue link at the bottom left that says View PDF Proof. A separate browser window will load with the pdf proof document.
This is the pdf downloaded proof. It may be saved to a computer to attach to an email by clicking on the downward arrow button in the top right. The pdf proof has PROOF across the artwork so it may be emailed to a customer. Though this may not be uploaded as actual artwork, or the PROOF will print on the final product.
Once the proof has been verified and the fine print has been read, check the box saying “I accept & approve my artwork.” Then click Approve to proceed.
Please note that if the “I approve” box is has not been checked, a window will pop-up advising to check the box to proceed.
The product after Approve has been selected has now been added to the order.
Shown is the additional options screen to choose a stock that is available. Click the respective stock option to see the updated pricing.
Please note this is a test site screen capture and the live site will have quantity options along with pricing.
Verify the correct stock option and quantity has been selected under the Product Specifications and click Add to Cart.