Art Specifications2017-07-08T01:44:03+00:00

Art Specifications

IllustratorVector art is always preferred. Fully vectorized files should be created in Adobe Illustrator, or Corel Draw and saved in Adobe Illustrator *.ai or *.eps formats. Any tints (shades of color/gray) must range between 30% and 70%. Graduated tints must be comprised of one color only and fall into the above mentioned range.

All fonts contained in these file types should be converted to outlines (lines & curves). The above mentioned formats will not be accepted with embedded or placed raster images.

Vector art is a line/curve based digital file consisting of created paths and points using a program such as Illustrator or CorelDraw. The program keeps track of the relationships between these points and paths. Vector images are not resolution based (pixels) and can be scaled infinitely, both up and down, with no loss of clarity or quality. These images are defined as solid objects, and can be moved around in full, or grouped together with other objects.
Any raster images must be scanned from black and white camera ready art at a minimum resolution of 600 dots per inch at 100% size or greater. All files should be bitmapped (as opposed to color or grayscale) and contain no tints/halftones or colors (art is 100% black). Low resolution formats such as *.jpeg, *.gif, *.pict, etc. are not acceptable.
Generally, vendors require fully vectorized art for printing multi-colored/close registering images.
Art supplied for laser engraving must be completely vectorized and cannot have any tints, strokes or colors (images must be completely comprised of 100% solid black fills). File formats such as *.tif, *.jpeg, *.pict, etc. cannot be utilized for this process.
Files supplied for 4 color process must conform to the standards mentioned in the first two paragraphs above with the following exceptions; minimum resolution must be 300 dots per inch or greater @ 100% size, tints can range between 0% and 100% and can be comprised of multiple colors, and trapping is not applicable. Note that a minimum of 1/8″ bleed over and above the actual imprint area size is required for any 4 color process imprint bleeding over the edge of the decoration area. The use of straight borders close to the edge of any of the above is not recommended. Please be advised that due to fluctuations in material, temperature, and process there will be noticeable variation in color when producing 4 color process jobs. Exact PMS color matching cannot be guaranteed for all four color process imprints and a customer supplied color hard copy will be mandatory for all jobs of this nature. Should a color hard copy not be available for color matching, you will be asked to approve the production of the order “as-is” (whatever color is produced will be acceptable to you).
Acceptable camera ready art must be output at 600 dots per inch (or higher) @ 100% size; laser outputs, PMT paper, and positive film would all be acceptable. All art must be supplied as a composite and color broken (if applicable). Faxes, photocopies, business cards, hand renderings, etc. will not be accepted as camera ready art. Folded artwork or ripped paper will also not be accepted.
Camera ready art is artwork that can be scanned without any preparation or changes. Type and images are sharp, clean and consistent in density. Art is black and white only and does not contain any colors or tints (shades of color/gray).