Art File Requirements

Artwork Basics
We pride ourselves on our ability to imprint your logo or personalized graphic on just about any product or surface.  In order for us to produce a great looking finished product, we start by reviewing your art file to ensure that it’s “imprint ready”. 

Now, unless you’re a graphic artist or techie, there is no need to read any further.  Just call us at 1-888-788-0101 and we will let you know if your art file is in “imprint ready” condition and help you if it isn’t.  (Don’t worry—we’ll take you step-by-step).

We want to help you with your Art so you get exactly what you are expecting.

Artwork Guidelines for Graphic Designers
Hopefully you heeded our advice and called us so that we can take a look at your artwork and assist you, but if you want to learn more, read-on. 

Since we use different materials using several different imprint methods, we don’t have a single standard for artwork files but rather guidelines for readiness of artwork files.  By identifying artwork guidelines, we can ensure quick, clean imprinting at an affordable price.  (just like you want it)

The artwork guidelines define the quality criteria that determine the readiness of each of four common artwork formats. The guidelines cover both vector and raster art files, as well as including instructions to avoid common errors related to fonts and linked images.

We produce items in several different factories.  The factory we use depends on the type of product ordered.  Art requirements may change by factory.  Please call us at 1-888-788-0101 for more information on the art requirements for your order.

Vector Artwork Files    
As a general rule, Vector Artwork Files can be used to satisfy just about any of our imprint methods and will be considered “imprint ready”.  But before doing any work on your artwork file call us!  The type of “imprint ready” file often depends on the imprint process (and the item(s) you selected).

Vector artwork files…
•    Must be saved in the Postscript Format and contain no Postscript errors, stray points or colors assigned inconsistently.
•    All type that has been set must be converted to outlines (curves). If future changes to the text will be necessary, the original font file must be supplied with the art file.
•    All design elements in the file must meet minimums for line thickness. Failure to do so may compromise the final imprint quality.
•    If the vector file contains any linked (placed) raster images, these images must meet minimum requirements for resolution when rendered at 100% actual imprint size and must be submitted with the original vector file.

Raster Artwork Files    
•    All Raster elements and art files must be sized to 100% or larger than the actual imprint size.
•    All Raster images must meet or exceed the minimum resolution (pixels-per-inch) when rendered at the actual imprint size.
•    All raster elements must be submitted in the proper color space (RGB or CMYK).

Page Layout Document    
•    Page layout documents must be prepared to render the artwork and all of its elements at 100% of actual imprint size.
•    In addition to submitting the page layout documents, all vector and/or raster files that are referenced by the page layout document must also be included.
•    Include any fonts that were used in the production of the page layout document.

Acrobat (PDF) Files    
•    PDF files created from vector files must retain the editing capabilities of the program that was used to create them (e.g. Illustrator or Freehand).
•    PDF files that contain raster elements must meet the minimum requirements for raster art files.
•    PDF files that contain vector elements must meet minimum requirements for vector art files.
•    PDF files created from page layout documents should be submitted together with the source documents, fonts and all supporting files.

•    No matter what the format or transfer method, artwork should NEVER be submitted without either a hard copy proof or the electronic equivalent. Properly prepared PDF files are often suitable as proofs. After receiving your artwork, we will return a proof for final review.

•    Any fonts used in the production of art files should be converted to curves (outlines) prior to submission. If future typesetting will be required, the original font files must be included with the artwork file to be used.

Other Software?    
•    Only professional graphics/design software packages may be used to produce artwork. Although programs like Microsoft Word and Publisher are useful tools, they are not capable of producing art files of a quality necessary for imprinting purposes.

If you read through this and are a bit overwhelmed, that’s ok.  Just call us, we’ll make it easy…..that’s a promise.

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