Artwork submitted for production must be press-ready to ensure best turn-around time and quality.
If you have a specific problem that is not covered in this guide, or have other questions, feel free to contact us. Please note: Improperly prepared files can cause delays in manufacturing.
► Type is legible and crisp
► Page layout is correct
► Margins are set
► Artwork matches the specified dimensions
Size & Dimensions
Artwork must be built to size. In other words, if you want your sign to be 18" x 24", your artwork must also be 18" x 24".
If artwork is to have full bleed (color going all the way to the edge) then bleed must be built into the file - .125" for signs and posters, .25" for large format prints like standees and floor signs, and 1" for banners.
If your banner has a pole pocket, the edge with the pocket must have 8" bleed and 4" clear zone from the edge of the design.
Artwork should be built in CMYK color space. Artwork built in other color spaces, like RGB, will not look the same in print as they look on screen.
If you must match a spot color, please use that spot color in your artwork and tell us what the color is (Ex. Pantone 103C). Keep in mind that spot ink colors like Pantone will not always reproduce correctly in print.
We will make the closest possible approximation to most spot inks, but we cannot guarantee spot color matching.
We do not print metallic or fluorescent colors.
Vector artwork is preferred.
If raster artwork is used, it should be built to size 300ppi for posters and decals, 150ppi for rigid signage, and 75ppi for banners. Raster artwork built smaller and scaled up to size will look distorted.
Convert all fonts to outlines.
Flatten all layer effects to transparency effects.
If you have multiple designs, each design should be its own file (that is, do not "gang up" multiple artworks in the same file).
Artwork should be submitted in .pdf or .tif format. Files with vector cut paths must be submitted in .pdf format.