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preparing and sending artwork for custom
printing. Please review these
instructions then email your art files
directly to us.
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Types Of Artwork
For Custom Printing
Vector Artwork Vector artwork is preferred for most printed items.
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
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.
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
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
Corel Draw (files saved as .cdr or .cmx)
accept the following formats:
Power Point, or any word processing files can not be used.
Convert all fonts
to paths or curves. (Text converted to paths can no longer be edited as
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.
Q: Can I send a .jpg, .gif file
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.
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.
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