File Prep Guidelines

Resolution

Large format graphic creation can be difficult due to issues with file size and ability to find images at a high enough resolution that look good at final size. Optimal results are achieved with images printing between 125-150 DPI at final size. DO NOT rez-up images: this only pixelates the image more by adding artificial pixels. Please submit images at full size.


Color Matching

Due to different printers, ink and media, not all colors can be precisely duplicated. We will do our best to come as close as possible to the colors you request. We cannot guarantee exact color matches. We strongly recommend ordering a printed hard proof to approve any color matches.

If your project requires a Pantone color match, please reference a Pantone Solid Coated chart and make sure the color is included in your file. You may also send us a printout as a guide. Color matching and print proofs will add extra time to production, please plan accordingly.

PLEASE NOTE: For a rich black us the following values (C: 70 M: 70 Y: 70 K: 100)

Color Matching Previous Prints

A digital printer will print color differently, even using the same printer profiles, from day to day. If you are ordering a print that needs to match one previously ordered we must have the previous print back to color match. While there is no way of guaranteeing an exact color match, having the previous print to reference is critical.


Supported Software

We can support both PC and Macintosh based files using:

  1. Photoshop CS6 – All versions up to CS6. Include all layers, paths, channels, links and fonts.
  2. Adobe Illustrator CS6 – All versions up to CS6. Convert text to outlines, include all linked images (Do Not Embed Images)

The programs below are not recommended for large format printing and may not reproduce correctly. Please export the file as an EPS or high resolution PDF/x-3 file suitable for large format printing.

  1. In-Design CS6 – All versions up to CS6, Include all layers, paths, channels, links and fonts.Convert text to outlines, include all images (Do Not Embed Images)
  2. Quark Express - Use the “Save page as EPS” feature under the File menu. Open EPS in Illustrator and convert text to outlines, include all images. (Do Not Embed Images)
  3. CorelDraw - Include all layers, paths, channels, links and fonts.Convert text to outlines, include all images (Do Not Embed Images)

Not Accepted:

  1. Microsoft Word
  2. Microsoft Publisher
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