Formatting Guidelines

Formatting Guidelines

Here at Print and Play Games we do our very best to ensure a good looking, quality product. Since we are a small company that caters to single prints and prototype games, everything we do is hand made to some degree. We are not running automated equipment that can be 100% perfect 100% of the time. Even the equipment we are using is fairly manual allowing us to quickly customize. What this means for you, the customer, is that we have a “tolerance” on all our products.  Please reference the Quality section of our Terms and Conditions page for more details.
To help you receive a high quality result, we STRONGLY advise at least 2mm of bleed on all our products and up to 6mm of bleed on some of our large products. Bleed ensures a quality product even if slight variations occur during manufacture. What is bleed you ask? Bleed is an extension of any background artwork beyond a cut line or border. (Here’s a link to a Wikipedia article for more info.)

die cut exampleAll our templates will now follow a new color standard. What is a template? Our templates (like the one pictured to the right) are sample layouts that explain how to make your own file. The colors here are used simply to show what to be mindful of when making your own file.  If a template has registration lines, you will need to preserve those in your own file.

And what is the color standard?

  • White is our safe color. All images or text within the white will be safe and preserved to you final product.
  • Black is our cut line. This is the intended border or edge of you card, counter, board, etc.
  • Blue is suggested bleed. Anything within the blue may or may not end up in the final product.
  • Red is the part that will for sure be cut away.
    • Make sure to remove all of these layers, Especially the Cut lines!
  • Green lines are for registration.
    • These lines are used for our cutting process and will need to be kept on or added to any files sent in. However, some files don’t have green registration lines.
    • Some box templates have black registration marks in the corners instead of green lines.
    • If a template has neither green registration lines, nor black registration marks, don’t worry about putting any on your own file.

Please keep the Title in all files.

Finally, make sure that your files are in one of three formats:

.JPEG or .PNG for all files except rule sheets / rule booklets which are accepted in .PDF (with layers merged).


For cards we (again strongly) suggest at least 2mm of bleed, but  1/4” bleed around the outside of the card is even better.

For double sided cards fronts and backs will need to be put on 2 separate pages. Note that the backs must be aligned properly so they will match up with the fronts properly. Cards must be aligned top mirrored . This means the top LEFT card of the front page is going to the top RIGHT card of the back page. See the images below to see how the back lines up!

*Special Notes*

  • Do not put text or important icons within 2mm of the card edge, it may get cut off.
  • All cards come corner rounded. If you do not wish for your cards to be corner rounded, or if you want us to use our smaller corner rounder, please put a comment in the customer comments section of your order.

For formatting custom cards, see our custom cards page.

Die Cut Tokens
Once again we suggest at least 2mm of bleed, but feel free to add bleed all the way to the registration line. 

DBS Example






Double sided chipboard tokens: One page of these tokens fits on letter size chipboard.  Use the 11 by 17 double sided templates.  The back side folds over on the line so what is right-side-up on the front needs to be upside-down on the back.






Double sided large (11×17) tokens chipboard: Our larger tokens need to be on two different sheets, front and back.  These are top mirror aligned like double sided cards.  Take careful note of where the back tiles line up.








We have two standard die cut pieces that work really well for Stand-Ups.  Our 1.00″ by 2.00″ Stand-Ups and our 1.50″ by  2.33” Rectangles. Die Cut Pieces

Custom stand-ups will need crop marks and we suggest the usual 2mm of bleed. Stand-Ups need to be formatted so that the backs are directly above the fronts.  These will also need to have about 1/2” extra space at the bottom to fit in the plastic stand.  Stand-Ups will need some sort of fold line or mark to indicate where the front and back meet.  This is used in the construction process.








We have a 4mm tolerance on the boxes, your artwork may get shifted by up to that much. Because of the nature of wrapping boxes by hand, there may be some small wrinkles/scratches/imperfections.

Some of our Larger boxes will not have a full wrap option for the box bottom.

Make sure text and important icons are 3mm (4mm for larger boxes) away from the edges of the box.

Be sure to add bleed (extend the background colors 3-4mm PAST all the edges of the template). This way you will avoid any white edges on the box. Because of the wrap, it has to extend past the edges of the box, so it fully wraps around the thickness of the box. Make sure all the blue layer is covered up!


  • Larger box files have green registration lines similar to our other templates.
  • Smaller boxes templates have black registration marks in the corners instead of green lines.  These need to be visible without any other background colors
  • In either case, the registration lines or marks will need to be kept in the final file.
  • Remove all other grid lines and instructions, or else they will show up on the final box.

Also, read through the information on our Box Page.

For formatting custom boxes, see our custom box page.



Printed rules – single sheet or saddlestitched – are the only files that we accept in PDF format, and they should ONLY be submitted in PDF. Pages in the PDF folder should be in sequential order and each page needs to be the exact size that you want the final product to be. No bleed should be added to rulesheet or rulebook files, as well as no crop marks or cut lines. The words on each page should be 1/4 in. away from all sides to ensure that all words get printed.

For more information on rules, visit the single sheet rules or saddle stitched rules pages.


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