FILE PREPARATION

PREPARE YOUR ART

All files must be at least 300 dpi or Vector Format. If your file is not 300 dpi, you cannot increase the resolution of the file. This is called "upsampling" and will result in a blurry image. If you are creating your file in Adobe Illustrator or other Vector-based software, just size your image to the size you want it to print.

HALF TONES & COLOR SEPARATION 

Halftone must be produced in the shop. We use specialized programs outside of the Adobe suite to produce the correct halftone for use in making screens. Color separation is also a delicate process that sometimes requires work outside of Photoshop or Illustrator and is best taken care of by our prepress specialists. Please understand that some designs are complicated and will require file prep fees. We understand that you may be inclined to save money and try this on your own, however, it may end up costing you more in the long run if we have to rework artwork to its original form before setting it up for halftones and separation.

Exception: If you have a halftone pattern in your artwork as a design element. In a vector file make sure they are individual shapes or paths. For a raster file at 300 dpi, make sure each halftone dot is solid without any value shifting on the edges of each halftone shape.

ACCEPTED FILE TYPES

We accept the following File Types: .PSD, .AI, .JPEG, .EPS, .PDF, .TIFF. We prefer .AI or .EPS files first because Vector images can be scaled without affecting quality. We prefer .PSD, .PDF, .TIFF second & .JPG last.

SIZE YOUR DESIGN

Files should be sized to the approximate size in which you wish to have them printed. Take into consideration our max print area of 13”x16”. Keep in mind that bigger is not always better. We have a handful of “standard” sizes that we like to work with and can help lead you in the right direction for your project. So don’t hesitate to ask!

CONVERT YOUR TEXT TO OUTLINES

With the abundance of typefaces and font families available online, all type must be converted to formats that we can use without having the same typeface installed on our computers.  All type in vector files need to be converted to outlines (shift+command+O in illustrator). In raster files all type needs to be rasterized.