Please verify these following guidelines before sending us files. Although we can work with nearly any file, these file guidelines will allow us to expedite your order processing.
Preferred – Without Contour Cutting: JPG, TIFF, PNG, PDF, PSD
Preferred – With Contour Cutting: AI, EPS, PDF: MUST Follow Contour Cutting Guidelines
Acceptable – CDR, SVG, PSB
For PDF, .PSD, AI, EPS, CDR, SVG, PSB please provide a JPG “Proof” image so we can make sure there is no element dropout, also provide expected finish size so we can verify correct scaling.
We recommend a minimum of 150dpi to a maximum of 300dpi. If the finished product is to be viewed from a distance of greater than 15ft, resolutions as low as 60dpi are acceptable. Above 300dpi the image quality difference is negligible, these increased resolutions only increase total time of file handling and storage requirements.
We can accept RGB, CMYK, SPOT Colors, and Greyscale. For rich saturated colors or photo-reproduction RGB color space is preferred. For Accurate color matching CMYK, or Defined Pantone SPOT Colors will lead to higher accuracy. Greyscale is preferred for B&W printing to prevent color creep.
We employ color calibration, and normalization techniques to achieve accurate color reproduction. Images viewed on a monitor are not guaranteed to be accurate or match output. If a color is critical please request a printed proof.
To prevent errors please outline or convert all fonts to curves. We can not guarantee accuracy with live fonts in a file. Even if you provide us a correct font, every design program handles fonts differently.
TIPS FOR SUCCESS:
Sometimes scaling is necessary due to designer application limitations (i.e. Illustrators 240” x 240” artboard). If this happens please submit your artwork scaled and in the notes, call out your scale. Also, please refer to our “Things to Remember” section for tips about scaling.