Artwork Specification - for
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Image Types - we print from are PSD, AI, EPS, JPEG, PDF, PUB and TIF,
Image Quality - The better the image sent the better your results- vectors that scale to size are best but full size non- vectors are OK id they have sufficient resolution at actual size
Getting us image - Best way to get us an image is via E-mail we have gotten 25 megs ok.
Proof - For non exacting jobs we will send a PDF proof to you for approval. If you need a actual proof or sample to approve we will usually charge a nominal fee and send with freight billed to your account(this applies to ink jet printed jobs.) On Larger jobs using offset printing there is at least a $400 per sample charge since we have to print and stop presses.
Example for us to work from -Send along simple PDF or JPEG as a proof especially if sending layered AI type file. we have found to many instances of the file not representing the full layout with all the text and images you want.......We are not responsible for finished product unless we have both.
Our Process - Understand that our process involves 4 steps. And if not critical for project keep exact color matches, graduations, and very light thin lines to a minimum
Exacting Jobs - see below for double checking, proofs, extra costs, approvals etc
Exacting Jobs --
In short we suggest that for exacting jobs you send us a quality hard copy (call for address of dye-sub shop)- we will try to match with our standard techniques and time constraints. We will send you a sample (give us UPS or Fedex number). If this fits the bill we are a go. If not we can go to the $75/ hour perfection matching.
PhotoShop -- If you are working in PhotoShop and have room to save on a disk, please leave in PSD format if layers may need to be manipulated separately. If this is not possible, save each layer as a separate file. No manipulation is necessary if the file is saved as a TIF or a JPEG.
Resolution in General -- We find that with sublimation printing that the final size should not be less than 250 dpi. If you sending a file that you will want enlarged please start with a file of high enough resolution to start with. I know that this is not always possible, especially if you want a mural size piece...but the better the image is to start with, the better the final image. I have a flat bed scanner here so I can scan photos at a high resolution. You should consider sending a good quality photo rather than a low resolution digital image.
Autocad Drawings - If you have not started drawing please use Illustrator or Publisher rather than AutoCad. If artwork is already done in AutoCad Do Not send DWG files- we cannot use them!. If you must sent from AutoCad you need to flatten it, explode it, then export as as a dxf. We have found that there are sometimes translation problems so please also sent an adobe .pdf that you have checked for details. We also might be able to work with a pdf that will print at full size without pixelating if you can convert to pdf.
General File Format -- To get the best result in from a Sublimated piece send us good art. The following description is for your graphic artist or the company that created your logo, brochures, or letterhead and business cards. We work on a PC so any disks or CDís that are sent need to be formatted for a PC & not a MAC. We work with PhotoShop 8.0 and Illustrator CS. DO NOT Send ......
Illustrator -- Illustrator is (.ai) is our preferred format and any version is OK. Also, if saving an Illustrator file that uses fonts, please create outlines of texts before saving; so the text will read as graphics, not text, and can be read without translation. Also if you do not save text as images we will not be able to open it since we won't have the font!
Zip Files - do not Zip or compress it usually cause problems. We have very fast lines and big mailboxes so sent as is. upload big files at OUR files direct site.
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