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 Graphics File Preparation Guidelines

 Four-Color Process - Additional Guidelines 


We are PC based. Please save all files so that they can be opened in a MS Windows environment.

Adobe Illustrator (CS v.11.0 or earlier)
  • Create at 100% final print size
  • Save as .EPS or .AI
  • Be sure to convert all fonts to paths / outlines.
  • Do not link (or place) files Submit one ready to print file (per print)
  • Bitmap images should be at 300dpi at finished size. (applies to 4 color process printing only)
Corel Draw (v.12 or earlier)
  • Create at 100% final print size
  • Export file as .AI
  • Keep colors as spot
  • Be sure to convert all fonts to paths.
  • Do not link (or place) files
  • Submit one ready to print file (per print)
  • Bitmap images should be at 300dpi at finished size. (applies to 4 color process printing only)

Adobe Acrobat PDF*  
  • Save as PDF PRINT OPTIMIZED with all fonts converted
  • Be sure to convert all fonts to paths.
  • CMYK color
  • Be sure file is at final print size or at correct proportions to be scaled up to final print size before saving.
* PDF files:
We obtain excellent results when printing PDF files saved for Print Optimized* (not for web use). Please open the file on another computer (i.e. Acrobat) to verify the file will print properly, is sized at 100% actual size of sign or graphic to be printed , all images in the file are at least 300dpi at full print size and fonts are correct. We cannot easily manipulate PDF files. 
* The Print Optimized job options are for PDF files that will be printed as high-quality final output.  For a PDF file to be portable at a minimum, you should embed all fonts.

Quark Express
Do Not Submit a Quark File
  • Export file as EPS
  • All images must be 300dpi at final print size (applies to 4 color process printing only)
  • Create at full size if possible - be sure proportion is correct for resizing
  • Send All Fonts
Adobe Photoshop (CS2 v.9.0 or earlier)
  • Create at 100% final print size
  • Save as .PSD
  • Bitmap images should be at 300dpi at finished size.
  • Include all fonts
  • Make sure all images are embedded
  • Do not link (or place) files
  • Flatten before saving

Note: Go to menu / view / print size to see artwork at actual print size and to check for jagged edges from low resolution image files. 


Important: we can not use files generated by desktop publishing, presentation or word processing or spreadsheet software i.e. MS Publisher, MS Powerpoint, MS Word, MS Excel...etc.

Resolution Requirement: 
All Bitmap Raster Images must be supplied at a minimum resolution of 300dpi (dots per inch) at the finish size of the graphic being produced.

Hard Copy Proofs: 
Available by request and sent by FedEx overnight at an additional charge of $35.00. Although we use high quality equipment, we cannot guarantee perfect color matches. Colors will be matched as close as possible to a PMS or printout. Otherwise we will print the file as sent with no guarantees, returns, or refunds.

Art Charge:
If your files are not ready for print, in some cases we may be able to fix them at the rate of $75.00 per hour with a minimum charge of $45.00.

 
You can upload your files directly to our server using the form below. Please contact us with your order reference # to obtain a password for your upload:

In addition, we can receive your file using the following:

  • PC Formatted Storage Media: CD-ROM, DVD, Memory Stick
  • E-mail: files smaller than 20mb

Questions, Comments? email: customerservice@expressdecals.com

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