Artwork File Specifications
WHEN SUBMITTING ARTWORK, PLEASE FOLLOW THESE RECOMMENDATIONS TO HELP ENSURE THE BEST QUALITY OF YOUR IMPRINT. ARTWORK NOT MEETING THESE STANDARDS MAY INCUR ADDITIONAL PRODUCTION TIME AND CHARGES.
ACCEPTED PROGRAMS AND FILE FORMATS
Adobe Illustrator (all versions) - Saved as .AI or .EPS or .PDF - Fonts converted to outlines.
Other accepted programs are: Corel Draw - Export files as .AI - Convert all text to curves. Freehand - Export files as editable EPS - Convert all text to paths.
All fonts must be converted to outlines/curves/paths. Be sure to send all screen and printer fonts. DO NOT send PC fonts - we are not able to use them. If your file contains PC fonts it is necessary for you to convert to outlines/curves/paths before emailing us your file. If fonts are not properly sent delays on your job can occur.
Mechanical art is camera-ready and is the size to be printed; is crisp black and white; requires no touch-up.
The best and highest quality imprints are made from VECTOR ART but RASTER IMAGES are accepted per the below guidelines.
VECTOR ART is made up of paths which are defined by points, lines and curves and represented by mathematical equations. Vector art can be scaled to any size and retain its proportions, sharpness and detail at no loss in quality.
Note: A scanned image (e.g. .jpg, .gif, .bmp, .tiff, .psd, .pdf) or art created in a photo/paint program is not vector art, it is a raster image.
RASTER IMAGE is a collection of pixels or dots arranged in a rectangular grid known as a bitmap. Scaling a raster image to a larger size results in a loss of quality as the pixel squares get bigger and create jaggy edges on the image. In addition, placing, linking, embedding, or copying these images into a drawing program does not convert them into vector art and will not meet our art requirements. If raster images are the only available art, they must be at least 300 dpi at actual print size.