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Ask your client how they'd like to proceed: You can hand art (PDF, usually) either directly to client or directly to printer. Or you can suggest that you coordinate the printing on your client's behalf, either for a fixed fee or an agreed hourly rate. A written agreement should better define the services offered, such as securing competitive quotations, ...


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Required?.... no. Can you?.... if you want to. You can either subcontract printing services and then mark up the costs and pass them on to your clients. This makes you responsible for paying all printing costs regardless of whether your client pays you or not. You can offset the risk by requiring deposits on printing services. This means you can profit a ...


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There's no general rule saying you should or should not include a printing service. However, i'd say most independent designers will not deliver prints for clients. They can sometimes recommend a specific print provider, but rarely get involved in the actual printing process. That's mainly because a designer's job is usually to deliver that print-ready PDF,...


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The proper way to do it is: use Adobe Illustrator or equivalent software that can generate a vector format PDF output design the card as per client requirements add a separate layer with the shape of the areas that need to be cut out for print (yes, you need to do this, not the printer). these are called 'dielines' and are discussed here: How should I set ...


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