the format in which we need your artwork to be created
We work best with art that has either been created electronically or scanned at high (300 dpi at full print size) resolution art. We will charge a nominal fee for any scanning required for hard copy art. We work with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop, so native files (.ai or .psd) from those programs or almost any generic image type (e.g., .eps or .pdf) will work. Unfortunately, we can’t work with Corel Draw (.cdr) OR Adobe INDESIGN (.indd) so please do not send those files.
If your art is RASTER (meaning that you scanned it or created it in a raster image program, like Photoshop, it needs to be CREATED or SCANNED at 300 dpi at the size you want printed. Unfortunately it does not improve resolution to take a 72 dpi file that was copied from the web and increasing the DPI to 300. An easy way to check if your file has enough resolution to print well is to print it to any standard desktop printer. If the image looks fuzzy on the paper, it is too low resolution to work well.
If your art is VECTOR, meaning that it was created in a vector format, like Illustrator, it should be fine at any size.
Usually, jpegs (.jpg or .jpeg) are not usable due to resolution issues, i.e., what you copied off the web will not work.
Please leave all artwork in layers and outline or rasterize your fonts OR send the font file along with the artwork. Please note that once the fonts are outlined or rasterized, they are no longer editable. We suggest creating a duplicate layer of editable text and outlining/rasterizing the copied layer, leaving the other layer just in case the text needs to be edited. This is required because of the millions of font files that exist; if we do not have the exact same font installed on our computer, the text is displayed in an alternate font and will not looks as you intended.
In short, scan your drawing or picture at 300 DPI, save it as .pdf or high-resolution .jpg, and email it to us.
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