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.

Quick Checklist

► 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.


Color

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.


Format

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.


Finishing

If your design has a non-rectangular or custom-cut shape, provide a vector cut path on a separate layer. Assign the path a spot color and name the color "cut" in your swatches palette. 

If your design requires other finishing like drill holes or scoring, provide a vector path for these on a separate layer. Assign the path a spot color and name the color "drill" or "crease" (or something similarly depictive) in your swatches palette.


If you receive an electronic proof, your final product may not match the color you see on your screen. 

If your artwork is not press-ready, we are not responsible for unexpected results in the printed product. 

If we have to modify your art, it is not press-ready. Press charges may apply if your artwork needs modification.