File Requirements

Printing & Signs supports most major programs

If you will be using your own existing art files for your project, it is important that they be in appropriate formats. This may sound intimidating but; we accept many different formats and if you cannot obtain artwork in an acceptable format, our designers can recreate your artwork, or you may use our online design tool.
VECTOR – Vector files are scalable and resolution independent. That means they can be re-sized up or down without losing any image quality. The same art will look the same whether it is used on a postage stamp or a billboard. When using a vector program it is also advisable to convert all fonts to outlines to eliminate any missing font problems.
Acceptable Vector File Formats:

  • EPS – Encapsulated Postscript – Saved from a vector-based program such as Adobe Illustrator
  • PDF –Adobe Acrobat – This works well for both high res and vector file
  • AI – Adobe Illustrator
  • FS – FlexiSign Pro

RASTER – Raster or bitmapped files are pixel based formats that are resolution dependent. They are made up of tiny squares of color. A raster image is made up of a finite number of pixels. When you re-size a raster image, pixel size is not changed; pixels are either added or taken away depending whether the image is being reduced or enlarged. So a low-res image can become either jagged or fuzzy. Images “borrowed” from the web are usually lo-res (72 dpi) and unusable.
Acceptable Raster File Formats:

  • PSD – Adobe PhotoShop files with at least 175 dpi (full size) work fine. It is also advisable to leave any layers, channels or paths and not flatten in the event that our designers need to make color corrections or other adjustments.
  • EPS – Encapsulated Postscript format saved from a raster program such as PhotoShop.
  • TIF – Tagged Image File – High Resolution
  • JPEG – High resolution jpegs may be used for smaller signs. The larger they get the worse they will look.

Acceptable Types of Media

DVD, CD, USB Flash Drive
Printing & Signs also utilizes DropBox and YouSendit for transferring large files

What types of files can I send to Artype?

We recommend saving as a .PDF

You may also send the file in the following types: jpg, jpeg, psd, tif, eps, ai

We prefer that you send .PDF and .EPS files with outlined fonts. These files are easier to handle and will likely speed up the production of your order.

What color mode (space) should my file be?

If you send us an RGB file, there is a chance that a color shift may occur and you may not be satisfied with your final product

How should I setup my file for a banner?

no bleed, no crop marks – make your artwork exactly the size you are ordering. We suggest you keep any text or artwork 2 inches inward from the edge of your artwork as to avoid any elements being cut off hemmed over.

How should I setup my file for silkscreen printed signs?

For creating silkscreen signs we use exclusively Pantone separated vector art from Adobe Illustrator or SAI FlexiSign with all the fonts changed to outline shapes. This insures that all the images and text is sharp and clean when printed at the large sign sizes. Changing the fonts to outline shapes eliminate the need to send the fonts with the job and eliminates the problem of cross platform font issues.
Files types must be vector .eps, .ai , or .pdf

All fonts must be converted to outlines

All colors converted to spot colors

Note: Placing a scanned image (or an image created in another program) into an . eps, ai, or .pdf file does not make the file a usable vector file. Submitted files not true .eps, .ai, or .pdf

Examples of Artwork that we will NOT print without recreating (charges apply)
Jpegs, Microsoft Word files, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher

Note: There is NO CHARGE for creating your artwork with our online design tool!



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