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Artwork Guidelines

  • Acceptable Files

    High quality vector format PDF files and raster format TIFF files are preferred.

    High quality and editable PDF files are preferred, as they are more suitable applications for large format printing industry. We suggest our customers to take advantage of our graphic templates as they are already set up to the correct dimensions and include information such as obstructions, bleeds, fold and stitch lines.

    Please note that Illustrator special effects such as glows, transparencies, or drop shadows are not recommended. These effects sometimes have unpredictable results when printing. Photoshop is preferred when using these special effects. We also cannot guarantee color output of these effects.

  • Color Specifications

    Please provide all vector files in CMYK format. Please supply all raster artwork in RGB format for the most accurate color output. Please provide a hard copy proof of the files being printed for color accuracy and a PDF layout for file layout accuracy.

    If Pantone colors need to be matched please specify on purchase order or hard copy reference. All critical Pantone colors need to be called out in the file as solid coated swatches. If multiple Pantone swatches are used in the file, all will be matched to solid coated unless otherwise specified.

  • Resolution

    Due to the large size of our print works, it is important to create artwork with reasonable file sizes. All raster files must be at 100-120 pixels per inch at 100%. We suggest using a vector based program to create your designs. To keep files size low make sure photos are no more than 125 dpi at final size.

  • Color Output

    We print in CMYK. It’s better to provide your graphic files in CMYK. For RGB files, they will be converted to CMYK before printing. Color output on all digital printers depends on the individual printer and the substrate that it is printing on. Colors displayed on monitors may not be an accurate representation of final printer output.