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Below are a few tips for preparing and sending artwork for custom printing. Please review these instructions then email your art files directly to us. Click Here To Send Us Your Art
Please contact us if you have any questions about providing artwork. 800-859-1975

Types Of Artwork For Custom Printing


Vector Artwork
Vector artwork is preferred for most printed items.
Vector Art ExampleVector artwork is an image created of points and paths. This results in artwork that is editable, scalable, and able to be separated for spot color reproduction.

Common vector file formats include:
.ai .eps .cdr .cmx .pdf
(These formats may also contain raster artwork.)
Raster Artwork
Raster artwork is great for digitally printed and full color items.
Raster Art ExampleRaster artwork is an image created of many pixels. This results in artwork that is not editable, scalable, or able to be separated for spot color reproduction.

Common raster file formats include:
.jpg .bmp .psd .tif .pcx

Click Here For A Video Describing Vector And Raster Artwork

Vector Artwork vs Raster Artwork
Example showing effect of vector graphics versus raster graphics. The original vector-based illustration is at the left. The upper-right image illustrates magnification of 7x as a vector image. The lower-right image illustrates the same magnification as a bitmap image. Raster images are based on pixels and thus scale with loss of clarity, while vector-based images can be scaled indefinitely without degrading.

There are instances when working with vector tools and formats is best practice, and instances when working with raster tools and formats is best practice. There are times when both formats come together. An understanding of the advantages and limitations of each technology and the relationship between them is most likely to result in efficient and effective use of tools.

Vector Artwork vs Raster Artwork Video
Click on the arrow below to review a short video that describes vector and raster artwork and how to work with each of the two formats.

Acceptable Software Applications:

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Vector Format Files Raster Format Files
• Adobe Illustrator
• Corel Draw (files saved as .cdr or .cmx)
• Freehand
• PhotoShop
• Freehand
• PhotoShop
We CANNOT accept the following formats:
• PageMaker, Power Point, or any word processing files can not be used.

Art Reminders
• Convert all fonts to paths or curves. (Text converted to paths can no longer be edited as text.)
• For Mac users, an alternative is to include both screen and printer fonts.
• Multiple color jobs should be created using spot color mode rather than process color mode.
If possible, send proofs of color separations for multiple color jobs.
• Include all EPS and Tiff files used in creating your document.
• Do not email files larger than 2 or 3 meg. Large files should be saved to a zip disk than mailed or shipped to us.
• When creating artwork, remember that our printing process requires the "trapping" of colors on multi-color jobs.

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Common Questions
• Q: Can I send a .jpg, .gif file for art?
• A: Yes only for viewing. These files are usually lower resolution and will not reproduce well at all. We need a higher res. file like .tif or .psd. These files should be sent at a resolution of 300+ at actual size.

• Q: I want a 2 or 3 color design. Can I send a .tif or .psd. 
• A: Yes for viewing purposes only. Art for 2 or 3 color will require it be created in a vector based program. Raster images can only be separated as 4 color process.

• Q: I'm not sure what I need to do
• A: Please either click on the link to the left for immediate online assistance, email your question to or call us Toll Free during regular business hours at 800.859.1975

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