Strut Cards Help

Need help with your print order? Our expert team are on hand 24 hours a day, 6 days a week - offering full guidance and support from enquiry to delivery. Take a look at our guides below; or if you have any other questions, feel free to drop us a line!

30 years in business southampton hampshireWe want to produce the perfect print job for you and are here to help  and support you through the process.

Below are links to help you, with a Frequently Asked Questions 
(FAQ’s) section and several useful guides.

The support team are based here in Southampton, so please feel free to call or email.

Quality and Service is our mantra. If you find you have a problem or feel our service 
is not up to a high standard, please email me, Damien, the owner of the company.

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Damien Sweeney

Owner and Managing Director



Q:  In our company we call them show cards, why do you call them Strut Cards?

A: Show cards, Counter displays, Point of Display cards, Strutted display cards are all common names for the same product but we simply prefer the term Strut cards.

There are alternative products like tent cards and table talkers that can do a similar job, however the range of sizes and orientation finishes we provide with our Strut Cards provides you with an unparalleled range of display options to get your message across.

Submitting Design


Die-Cut Shape Design Guide

If you’re design is going to be die-cut then it will need to have a cutter guide. This is an outline or stroke that is in the shape of the finished design. We send this shape off to our die-cutters and they make a cutting form containing a shaped blade that we use here to trim out and make your cards!

If you are using one of our ready-made cutters, then the shape is already made. Simply follow the guidelines in the 'read me' file and send us a high resolution PDF containing your artwork and the cutter guide.

If you are using a new design, make the shape and ensure it has a 1pt stroke. This stroke should be set up in a separate spot colour and renamed as 'cutter'. A magenta, red or green colour is good to use as it can be easily seen on the final PDF.

Bleed is vitally important. If your design has a solid colour, gradient or image that runs to the edge of the artwork, the blade on the cutter can move very slightly when cutting, so you need to extend the artwork by at least 3mm to avoid any white areas on your final print. It is also good practice to have any text or important information in a 'safe area'. We recommend this to be 6mm inside the edge of the shape outline.

If you are unsure or need assistance please email or call us and one of our experienced studio team will be happy to advise.

Variable Data within Designs

If you require a job that has variable data, you can supply the data in a spreadsheet. 
This can be done in programs such as Microsoft Excel or Open Office.

Simply list the variables in separate columns with a heading at the top e.g Winners, Losers, Prizes, Numbers, Date, Pin numbers, Bar-code.

On the artwork be sure to mark or highlight the areas that are going to be variable.

If you have multiple images such as maps then please supply these as separate files all standard image files are fine e.g PDF, JPEG, TIFF, EPS.

If you are unsure or need assistance please email or call and we will be happy to help.

Supplying Artwork

To achieve good quality print it is important that your artwork is supplied at the highest possible standard.

There are some artwork requirements that are standard for all printers, by making sure you understand these at

the beginning of the design process you can ensure your artwork will be ready to print.

Self Checking

Please make sure you proofread your document for spelling and grammatical errors and double check the size, layout and design before sending your artwork.

File Types

We prefer artwork to be supplied as high resolution PDF files at the correct size for printing. We do accept all industry standard file types, including: Adobe Indesign (.indd), Adobe Photoshop (.psd), Adobe Illustrator (.ai), TIFFs (.tif)  and  JPEGs (.jpg).

We can also accept files from office suites such as MS Word, MS Powerpoint and MS Publisher, however these file types can cause minor layout problems and may take artwork correction and re-proofing.

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 We will send you a Post-RIPed proof for you to check before proceeding to print to ensure your design has processed correctly. You will need to check this thoroughly to make sure you are happy with the content.

We cannot be held responsible for any errors that occur after the proof has been approved.


  • Check - final check for spelling, grammar, layout and design.
  • File type – preferably supplied as high resolution (press quality) 300dpi PDFs.
  • Images – images should be 300dpi at actual printed size.
  • Fonts – all fonts should be embedded, supplied or converted to outlines.
  • Application Files – If supplying application files such as Adobe Indesign or Illustrator, please ensure all fonts and images are included.
  • Colour – please supply as CMYK, not RGB. It is important to ensure that all images used are also converted to CMYK. Using RGB can cause incorrect colour reproduction.
  • Marks & Bleed – files need to be supplied with trim marks and 3mm bleed.
  • Layout – If supplying a PDF file with multiple pages like a brochure or booklet for example, please supply as SINGLE pages. Please do not supply as spreads (pages side by side). This does not apply to artwork being supplied in Adobe Indesign or Illustrator.
  • Spot colours – please ensure all spot colours are set up correctly.
  • Cutter guides – If you are using your own cutter guide, please ensure your cutter is set up as a spot colour and set to overprint. Alternatively we have a large selection of cutter templates available upon request.

Further Support

If you need any advice or guidance on providing artwork, just contact our friendly and helpful staff and we will be glad to help:

02380 878030
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