Yes, we do accept files in formats other than TIF. However, there are a few reasons why we prefer TIF files.
First and most importantly, we can only output TIF files to our printers. This is the recommended format for the machines we have and will print without issues. If we are provided with files in any other format, we have to bring them into Photoshop, flatten them (if necessary), and then save them in TIF format for printing.
Not only are TIF files what our machines print from, they are also the best files for high quality printing, maximum compatibility and lossless compression. Even though the files will be larger, they will produce the best outcome for such a large format.
That being said, if you still prefer to send us a different file, the next best option is as a PDF. Although we will still need to save it as a TIF on our end, the PDF file will produce and retain the high image quality as well. They may be easier for you to create when you save a file using certain applications (Adobe Illustrator and InDesign). If this route is taken we do need to have all fonts set as outlines and any links embedded.
There are a few file types that we would prefer not to receive even though we can work from these. These formats include but are not limited to: JPG, BMP, GIF, PNG.
We also prefer not to receive native files unless you are asking us to modify the artwork. Native files are simply the file that the application uses for creation of the design. These would include: PSD, PSB, AI, ID, DOC, PPT, XLS, and CDR among others. Although we do have access to most programs, fonts and linked images can cause issues opening these file types. We also would simply prefer to send files directly to our print software as opposed to altering/converting the files prior to sending it.
If you are unsure if we can accept your file type, please check with us before sending your file.
If you still have some concerns or simply have questions about your artwork, feel free to give us a call to discuss them. We have designers on staff who can answer most of your design-related questions.