ARTWORKArtwork requirements may not be as stringent for some items, depending on the size & method of reproduction required. We will tell you exactly what is needed to produce your job.
Please inquire as to what is needed
sending us your artwork.
If your not a 'graphic's' person, don't let these specs. confuse you.
We will tell you exactly what we need to produce your project, and help you along the way..
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Laser Artwork requirements, and specifications
Complete Artwork produced by us, is charged at $80.00 per hour. If you are sending us your artwork, Electronic artwork is encouraged. Corel draw files are preferred. Files should contain vectored images not bitmaps. We must be able to manipulate the image so that we can vary line thickness' to suit the production process to be used. All Text should be converted to curves. We accept 'vectored' files with the following extensions: .cdr, .ai, or .wmf (.cdr version 4-14/ .ai or .eps illustrator / uncompressed, .tif files at 300 dpi or more or a minimum size of 2000 x 1500 pixel .jpgs, and these 'may' incur artwork charges if they must be vectorized for the product ordered. .doc files, web sized .jpg's or bitmap .eps files are NOT acceptable artwork, and we can't use them for production. We will not even open a .doc file, but a low res .jpg 'may' be used for general artwork or product reference.
Customer supplied artwork for all but full colour products, must be "camera ready", showing all raised, printed, or engraved areas as solid black (RGB 0.0.0). Black and white artwork must be sharp with no rough edges. Faxed artwork or any emailed bitmap less than 300 ppi (dots per inch or pixels per inch) is not acceptable.
Your full colour files must meet the following minimum standards. 'photographic' full colour file must be saved as a 300 dpi(minimum) .tif format all other colour files must be 'vector' files in one of the formats and versions from above. All 'spot' colours must be general CMYK process or pantone process (please supply numbers), NOT spot pantone. Full colour files 'should' be accompanied by a hard copy proof, or we can not guarantee there will not be a colour shift from RGB to CMYK.. Also please note, that if your product requires a 'spot' colour, some pantone colours are 'spot' colours only, and can not be reproduced by either video (RGB) or process printing i.e. your ink jet printer (CMYK) We will will assume that when you specify a PMS number, you are familiar with the 'true colour' of that mix. Also Please note that 4 Colour 'Process Printing' May NOT reproduce your Pantone Colours Correctly, so there is no Guarantee of a PMS colour Match using Process Colours. A HARD COPY of your full colour artwork, must be supplied with your order.
Please .ZIP all large files AND Contact us BEFORE you send them
Artwork that does not meet these requirements will require art charges at $80.00 per hour, $20.00 Minimum. All artwork will be faxed or emailed for final approval prior to production. A signed copy or authorization email from the usual contact person must be returned prior to production processes beginning. A press proof is available for an extra charge. please inquire as to cost, if you require one. Delivery dates will be adjusted based on late receipt of signed confirmation to proceed.
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The Evils of Using .jpg files
A great explanation of why .jpg is the 'worst' choice for anything but the web!
If you are P.C.
all text to curves And Export and
it as a UNCOMPRESSED .AI FILE Or, you can
send us a CorelDraw File ( we use version 14 (X4) you can even include
the .tif bit
images in the file) Also Convert all
to curves and attach it as
.CDR file. "Tip for Corel Draw users", if you export
it as a .WMF file, your text (even grouped text) will auto
to curves, then, simply send us the .wmf file
.AI or .EPS ALL TEXT MUST
BE CONVERTED TO CURVES or OUTLINES(for Mac users) And if using Adobe
Illustrator, please turn OFF file compression before saving your file
And/or Attach your Artwork