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Artwork File Requirements

File Requirements

Did you know that an incorrectly set up file is the #1 reason for bad printing?  To maintain our top-quality printing, we require the cooperation of the customer to prepare the file correctly for print. 

File Requirements

Before sending us your file for print, please make sure your file meets the following requirements.

Vector Artwork (preferred)

All critical elements (text, images, logos, etc.) should be sent in Vector format.  If you don’t have vector artwork, we will be happy to redraw your art for a fee.  You will receive a quote on Artwork Drawing for your “approval” prior to beginning the artwork.

Learn more about vector artwork vs. bitmap artwork.   Vector vs. Bitmap Explained


300 dpi resolution or higher. Avoid taking low-resolution pictures from the web because they are usually 72 dpi or lower.
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Convert your fonts to objects to avoid font changes from computer to computer. 
Font size should be 8 points or more for people to read it on print.  If we are recreating your artwork into vector format, please provide us the font name and/or the font file (*.ttf or *.otf).

Learn more about fonts and sizes.

Colors & Outlines (if providing print-ready artwork)

For full-color print jobs, convert all CMYK and Pantone spot colors to RGB color mode.
For black and white print jobs, use RGB.
For 1- or 2-color jobs, use Pantone spot colors. 
For small or precise black text, use "standard black."
For black backgrounds and large areas of black, use "rich black."

Please convert all outlines to objects.  No lines should be thinner than 1 point

File Format

Save your file as a high-resolution PDF (with bleeds and crop marks if applicable).

PDF files provide the best results and quickest turnaround time.  For your convenience, we also accept a wide range of file formats including .EPS, .AI, .PSD, .INDD, .JPG, .TIF, .CDR.

We highly discourage submitting Microsoft files such as word, Publisher, or Powerpoint because their fonts and layouts tend to change across computers. If you have a Microsoft file, please convert it to PDF to ensure that your file is printed correctly the way you want it.