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Artwork Checklist

Follow this brief guide to avoid extra charges & production delays.

78% of files sent to printers are not ready to go to print without some kind of fix required according to printing industry statistics reports. Properly submitting your art files drastically lessens the likelyhood of additonal charges and/or production delays. You will save time and possible extra charges when your artwork is created and supplied in a file format supported by the printing company. The earlier in the process you identify and address any potential "pitfalls", the easier and less costly problems are to correct. When production time rolls around your job will run more smoothly, saving you money, time, and frustration.

Preferred File Types

EPS for vector images and Uncompressed TIFF for raster/bitmap images are the preferred format for professional high resolution printing.

Unsupported File Types

GIF, JPG, WMF, BMP, PICT, PDF and other file formats are unsupported and cannot be used for high resolution printing.

Broken Image Links

Images may appear to be missing if you change filenames after linking. If you need to change the name of a graphic file, re-link it in your page layout program before sending the graphics and application file.

Missing Graphics

Missing graphics can result in delays; if you don't proof carefully it can be an expensive error when you find out later that an image is missing or a low-resolution screen version was printed instead.

Broken Image Links

Images may appear to be missing if you change filenames after linking. If you need to change the name of a graphic file, re-link it in your page layout program before sending the graphics and application file.

Preferred File Types

EPS for vector images and TIFF for raster/bitmap images are the preferred format for professional high resolution printing.

Convert Artwork to CMYK

Please provide CMYK versions of your graphic to us for printing purposes. All graphics for screen printing should be saved as spot or PMS colors.

Line Weights

Line weights, borders and outlines should be explicitly defined as .25pt or larger for offset printing, or .75pt or larger for screen printing. Lines smaller than these may print inconsistently.

Convert Text to Outlines

Convert all text/type in vector documents to paths or outlines, eliminating the need to send fonts you used with your files.

Rich Black or 100% Black

Fill solid black areas with a "Rich Black" rather than black only. Rich Black is made up of all four process colors, such as: 60% Cyan, 40% Magenta, 40% Yellow, and 100% Black. For normal body text, use 100% black, rather than Rich Black.

Adding Trap

Please do not add trap to your art files. We will do this for you when we receive your files.

Complex Images

If your artwork contains complex images such as gradient fills or ultra fine hairlines, etc. check with us first to ensure it can be printed as-is (depending on the printing method chosen for your project) or if adjustments need to be made.

Image Manipulation

Manipulating graphics within the layout program increases the chances that your file won't print properly. Rotate and resize images within your graphics software before placing them in your page layout program whenever possible.

Preflight

Using the collection tools in your page layout program can help avoid problems with missing graphics. Software such as Extensive PreFlight Pro or Markzware FlightCheck can help troubleshoot files for potential output problems before sending them to us.

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