Artwork Guidelines

Submitting Artwork

Files may be submitted by e-mail to, on CD, DVD, USB Flash Drive, or via our FTP website. (For FTP instructions, please call.) The best way to submit artwork is in person. We enjoy meeting our customers and we can view your file to discuss any ideas or suggestions for the project. Email attachments must NOT exceed 10 megabytes.

Acceptable File Formats

PDF, EPS, AI, PSD, PLT, JPG (high resolution ONLY), TIFF (high resolution ONLY)

Unacceptable File Types

Low resolution images of any kind, BMP, PUB, PPT, Adobe InDesign files, TXT, DXF, DWG

Large Format Digital Printing

For best results, any other design work outside of vector artwork should be created at 1/4 of the final output size and the resolution must be 300dpi or greater. If submitting artwork on a CD, please include the original design file as well as any fonts or unlinked pictures used in the artwork.

Design Tips to Remember

• Convert ALL fonts to outlines, shapes or objects
• Convert strokes to paths
• Import only high-resolution images & pictures into vector files.
• Overlapping shapes need to be merged.

History on Digital Files

There are two basic digital file types for artwork design - Raster and Vector.

Raster files - A raster file is one that is composed of tiny colored squares, called pixles. The resolution set at the time a design file is created will determine the quality of the final printed image. An ideal resolution is 300dpi. These files are often created in photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Photo-Paint. Artwork that has been scanned is saved in raster format. When raster images are enlarged or reduced too much, the graphic tends to lose it's quality. Common file types include JPG, TIFF, and BMP.

Vector files - A vector file is composed of a series of lines and nodes. Vector files are the most commonly created in design software like Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. When enlarged or reduced a vector file's quality will not be affected. Common file types include PDF, EPS, AI, and CDR.