Home Printing

How to download my files for home printing?

  • You can download your template as "US-Letter" size or A4 PDF files to print on A4 or "US-Letter" size paper. The trim mark option will help you trim your cards.
  • You can also download your template as single JPEG to print on pre-cut photo papers (you will be able to buy 3.5x5", 4x6" and 5x7" pre-cut papers)

Which resolution do you recommend for home printing?

For home printing, we recommend:
  • In your printing software, Deselect "fit to paper" option and select "actual size" option. This way, your printer will not change the size of your design to fit the paper.
  • Select "High-Resolution" or "High-Quality" option to print with the best resolution.
  • Test print to make sure your print settings are correct.
  • The colors seen on your monitor may vary slightly when printed on paper. Test print one copy first and adjust the colors for the template if necessary.

Which paper do you recommend for home printing?

For home printing, we recommend white cardstock paper between 90lb and 110lb, depending on how thick you want your printed cards to be. You can either print on US-Letter size or A4 PDF paper and then trim your cards or on pre-cut papers with dimensions that matches your design so you won't have to trim your cards.

Print at a print shop or online

How to download my files for an online printer or a print shop?

  • If you are printing with an online professional printer or a professional brick and mortar printer (like uprinting.com, Shutterfly or Staples professional printing services), you should choose the JPEG file with "Add bleed" option under Download > JPEG, you will be able to download a single JPEG file with bleed margin (standard 1/8" bleed) for professional printing.
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  • If you are printing with a photo printer (like Walgreens or Walmart), you should choose the JPEG file without any bleed under Download > JPEG. These printers don't offer back printing but are more budget-friendly.
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  • If you are printing with a document printer (like Staples, Office Max, Office Depot, FedEx etc.), you should choose the lettersize PDF file under Download > PDF. These print shops will have a self-service Office Printer. You will be able to print your PDF and then trim your cards.
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Which professional printers do you recommend?

  • For online professional printer, I would recommend uprinting.com and mpix.com, they offer lots of choices for printing and good prices. Their turnover time is up to 10 days.
  • For brick and mortar printer, I would recommend Staples. Staples offers a 24H turnover in most of their shops.
  • Office Depot is also a good choice for document (US-Letter PDF) printing, so is Walmart or Walgreens for photo card (JPEG printing)
I can't guarantee the quality of their services since I'm not linked or affiliated to those printers, but they are the printers I use for my professional clients.

How do I send my files to my printer?

You will usually be able to upload the files on your print shop's website. You can also put your files on a USB key to bring to your print shop or send the files by email.

Which paper do you recommend for professional printing?

For professional printing, both matte and glossy papers are good choices. Matte paper gives a more rustic and natural look to the design, and the colors will look brighter with glossy paper.

More questions

Do I need to buy colored papers?

The backgrounds are embedded in the template - so you will be able to print any of the colored backgrounds on white paper.

How do I print on colored or kraft papers?

If you don't select any background, the template will print with transparent background, so it will work well for colored papers (like kraft papers). We recommend using paper that's not too dark, so the texts will be easy to read.

Can I print white texts on dark papers?

It's not possible to print white texts on dark papers (like chalkboard papers), since most printers can't actually print white color (there is no white ink). For a white texts on dark colored background look, I would recommend using one of Cardcanva's dark background with white colored font and print on white paper.

How do I print larger signs or seating charts?

You will have fewer printing option for larger signs or seating charts printing. We recommend printing with professional printers only.

How do I print front & back?

  • For double-sided front & back printing with a professional printer, we recommend downloading individual front & back JPEG files with bleed under download > JPEG. You will then be able to upload the JPEGs on your printer's website or email them to your printer.
  • For front & back printing at home, we recommend downloading individual front & back JPEG files under download > JPEG. Using pre-cut 5x7" cards (or another size that fits your card size), print the front JPEG first, then turn the card an print the back JPEG. It's more time consuming and less practical to print at home and you will need some practice to align the cards correctly with your printer.

How do I print foldable tents?

The foldable cards come as either single flat template or foldable template.
  • For front & back printing with a professional printer, we recommend using the single template and download individual front & back JPEG files with bleed under download > JPEG. You will then be able to upload the JPEGs on your printer's website or email them to your printer.
  • For home printing, we recommend using the foldable template and download them as PDF with multiple templates on each page under download > PDF > "Optimize Paper Usage" or "Repeat Copies", you can then trim the cards and fold them in the middle.

How do I print multiple pages program template?

You have two options depending on which program template you are using:
  • 5.5"x8.5" program: those templates come already setup for double-sided printing. The first page shows the back and front side by side, while the second page shows the interior left and right page. Download as PDF Download > PDF > "Standard" Mode, you would print the first page, turn the sheet over, put it back in your printer and print the second page. Then you would fold your page in the middle to create a leaflet. You may need a couple of tries to align the paper in the right direction.
  • 5"x7" & 4"x9" programs: those templates are initially designed to be printed double-sided. However, thanks to Cardcanva, you can add pages to them to create a leaflet. You want the Back side and Front side to be the first ones on the canvas, and then you can add a 3rd page (to create an insert for instance) or two extra pages that will become the left and right inside pages. Then you can download with Download > PDF > "Leaflet" mode to download. The first sheet printed will be the front and back cover. The second page can be either printed on the other-side of the first sheet (to be the inside) or as an independent sheet that you can use as an insert. You can then fold in the middle.

How do I print fan program templates?

You have 2 options:
  • You will be able to print the front & back of the fan program as 2 different cards (as single JPEGs or as a PDF file and them trim the cards) Then stick the front and back of the program together on a stick.
  • You will also be able to print the front and back of the fan program one next to each other on a PDF page using the 'Leaflet' printing mode. Then trim around them before folding the page in the middle around a stick.

How do I print with Avery stickers?

Avery stickers come with their own Microsoft Word templates for printing.
  • We recommend downloading your design template from Cardcanva as JPEG, then place and resize the JPEG file on a Avery template first. This way you will be sure to have the correct printing margins for your Avery stickers sheets.
  • You can download Avery templates here: https://www.avery.com/templates. You will need to use Microsoft Word to work with Avery templates.
  • Then you can print the Avery Word document on your Avery stickers sheets.

What are the different "printing modes" for PDF files?

When creating the PDF file, you have the option to select one of the following printing modes. Your choice will depend on the type of printable and the desired printing method.

Standard: Standard PDF file will be the exact size of the template - with no borders. If you have a 5x7" card, the PDF created with standard mode will be 5x7" as well. We recommend this mode for invitations, menus or programs front and back printing. Friendly tip: when printing, select "actual size" on your printer.


Leaflet: Leaflet mode puts side to side (with no space in between) two pages. If you have a foldable program template, leaflet mode will put the two inside pages (typically left and right pages with different texts) side by side with no white space between them, so you can print the program and fold it! We recommend this mode for folded programs or leaflets printing.


Repeat copies: Repeat mode allows you to repeat the same design as many times as possible on one sheet of paper. If you want to print multiple times the same table number on one PDF page, choose this option. We recommend this mode for batch printing of identical tags, thank you cards, recipe cards and the like.


Optimize paper usage: Optimize paper usage mode places as many pages of the template as possible on the paper. If you have a canvas with two (or more) different numbers of the table card opened on it, this option will create a PDF with all the different versions (with different numbers) of the table card. We recommend this option for table cards and placement cards. You can also use this option to fit as many duplicated template as possible on one PDF page. For example: Use this option to print 2 identical invitations on one PDF page.

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