Custom Game File Setup

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File Setup

Have you already placed your custom game order? The next step is to upload your files for our prepress experts to review. The following guidelines will help you accurately set up your various game components. As a general rule, the margins, recommended image resolution, and color requirements for each printed component (instructions, cards, tokens, etc) are the same. They experience the same production variances and can be up to 1/8” off-center on some copies.

Templates

If your game contains a tuck box, we have downloadable templates in the section below.

PrintNinja Game Playing Cards

Playing Cards

Ideally, a whole deck is submitted as one multipage PDF with each face of each card on its own page. If the cards share a common back, then you can include just one copy of that artwork. Otherwise, any card duplicates should have the same number of files/PDF pages that they will have in the final printed deck. This ensures that our vendors will print the appropriate number of each card without any confusion.

While we generally print using PDFs, if individual image files such as JPEGs or TIFs are preferred, we can accept those as well.

Download PDF Templates of Poker Cards and Tuckboxes:

If you don’t see a tuck box template size that matches your card count, please reach out for a custom template. Note that boxes increase in size for every 5 cards.


PrintNinja Game Dice

Custom Dice

If your dice will be custom engraved, then please send each face as a separate vector file. Engraved lines should have a minimum width of .3mm and should be at least 2mm away from the edge of the dice.


PrintNinja Punch-Out Tokens

Punch-Out Tokens

You can send files for punch-out tokens or tiles either as one page of art for the whole punch-out board with the tokens still in place or as individual files for each separate token or tile (similar to sending files for playing cards). For both methods, please include two versions: one with just the art for printing and one with the trim and bleed lines around each token or tile. Our vendors will use this second file as reference to ensure accuracy during production.


PrintNinja Game Boards

Game Boards

If you have a preference on how your game board will fold, please include two versions of the art file: one with only the art for printing and one with the cut/fold lines on top of the image for reference. Folding lines should be solid and cutting lines (for boards that fold more than once) should be dotted. PrintNinja will use this second file as a reference to make sure the boards are properly assembled.


PrintNinja Tuck Boxes

Tuck Boxes

Tuck boxes should be submitted in two versions. The first file should have the artwork correctly sized for the printed box and the second file should be exactly the same except with solid fold lines on top of the art. PrintNinja will use the first file for printing and the second file as a reference to make sure the tuck box art lines up correctly.


PrintNinja Two Piece Boxes

Two-Piece Boxes

Two-piece boxes should be submitted in two versions. The first file should have the artwork correctly sized for the printed box and the second file should be exactly the same except with solid fold lines on top of the art. PrintNinja will use the first file for printing and the second file as a reference to make sure the box art lines up correctly.


PrintNinja Punch-Out Token Die Lines

Example File Setup

As mentioned above, some components (like boxes or punch-out tokens) should be submitted both with and without fold lines. Here is an example of a hexagon punch-out token. The file on the left is just the artwork that will be used for printing; the file on the right is the reference file with trim and bleed lines.