Please submit your artwork to meet the following requirements. Failure to do so will result in delays and/or extra graphic service charges.
Format: TIF (flattened, no layers)
Resolution: 100dpi or 100ppi
Color: CMYK, US Web Coated (SWOP) v2
Size: 100% Final Print Size (no bleed)
2. File Submission
If you are unable to upload via YouSendIt, please use one of the alternative methods: (1) Send on a CD/DVD labeled with your company’s name, (2) Email to firstname.lastname@example.org (for files smaller than 2MB).
3. Additional Graphic Service
We will do our best to review your files and notify you when there is a problem. However, it is your responsibility to ensure that your artwork is free of grammatical/graphic or design errors. UNLESS YOU EXPRESSLY NOTIFY US THAT THE FILE IS NOT FINAL WHEN YOU UPLOAD OR WE NEED TO EDIT YOUR ARTWORK, WE WILL PRINT YOUR DISPLAY AS-IS WITHOUT SENDING YOU A PROOF FOR APPROVAL.
If you need us to edit your files, please include a layered format file editable using Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. Additional graphic service charge may apply, please see Graphic Design Services for details. Acceptable files include Adobe Photoshop (.tif or .psd), Illustrator (.eps), and pdf files editable in Illustrator. All linked files must be included along with font files usable on PC computers (alternatively, you can outline all fonts). We will do our best to meet your requests and will send you a proof for approval before production. If you chose not to review the proof (e.g., due to lack of time), we will not accept complaints resulting from our editing.
4. Color Match
Generally, we will be very close to a match without any special adjustments. If you need an exact color match, you must indicate in writing the Pantone values for all critical colors. Designation in the graphic file is not sufficient notice. A layered version of the graphic file must be included along with the flattened TIF file. There may be additional graphic service charges due to the additional adjustment and test printing required for such color match. Because we use CMYK printers to create your graphics, 100% reproduction of defined colors is not possible.
5. Graphic Order Lead Time
Our regular lead time is 2-7 business days upon receipt of printable artwork, depending on the printing project and our workload. Rush service is available. Please contact us for an estimated completion time.
Frequently Asked Questions Related to Graphics
Can my artwork resolution be higher than 100dpi?
Yes, you are more than welcome to work at any resolution higher than 100dpi however there are common issues with higher resolution on such a large format. Click to read more in depth.
Are my images going to be large enough?
To determine how large your images will be without any stretching or skewing of them you will need to determine the pixel dimensions. Generally an image that has dimensions of roughly 3000 px will work fine. Click to read more in depth
Can I make my file smaller than print size?
So long as the file is proportional to print size and when enlarged to print size it maintains a resolution of 100dpi your file does not have to be full size. For example, if you work at half size your resolution must be at least 200dpi when exported.
Can I send a file other than a TIF?
We prefer TIF files simply because those are the files we must print from. You can however send a PDF file if that works best. There are a few file types we prefer not to recieve.
Do I get a proof after sending artwork?
Because we do not alter files once we receive them we do not normally send a proof. We can send a digital proof if requested, though it will simply be the file you sent shrunk down to fit through email. We also can offer a small scale printed proof for an additional fee. Click to read more in depth.
How do I view my file’s quality?
Within Photoshop, if you go to View and then Print Size within that menu, the screen will zoom on your file at print size. This is the quality that the file will print out at. Click to read more in depth.
What information do I need to provide for the design service?
Before any design work can begin we will need payment authorization. Once we have that we will need all of the elements that will be involved in the layout and a general idea of how you want everything placed. Click to read more in depth.