A raster file is one that is composed of tiny colored squares called "Pixels".
The resolution is set at the time a design file is created and will determine the quality of the final printed image. This file is often created with photo-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop and Corel Photo Paint. Artwork that has been scanned may be saved in raster format. The graphic tends to lose its quality when raster images are enlarged or reduced too much.
We accept PSD, CPT, JPG, TIFF, BMP as long as the files are the correct resolution. A resolution of 100-150 dpi at output size will be acceptable for many signage applications.
In Photoshop, click "Image" from the top menu items and then select "Image Size". Make sure the Document Size settings are in Inches and reflect the size of your job. Select View from the top menu items and choose Actual Pixels. You are viewing your image at 100% - if it looks good, it should print good.
Before submitting your raster files please make sure that all text is flattened.
A vector file is composed of a series of lines and nodes. Vector files are most commonly created in design software such as Adobe Illustrator and Corel Draw. When enlarged or reduced, a vector file's quality will not be affected. We can output the artwork to cut vinyl & digital printing. Common file types include PDF, EPS, AI and CDR.
Before submitting your vector files please convert your fonts to outlines or paths.
Set-up your files in CMYK colour format. Make sure all imported/embedded images are also in CMYK colour format. You will have more control over the appearance of your printed piece if you convert all of the images from RGB to CMYK before sending them to us. When necessary, we would appreciate PMS colour information to supplement the artwork and be included when a job is submitted.
Large Format Printers are not Pantone devices and will not match Pantone (PMS) colours. Colours should be close but not exact. Many colours, specifically some fire reds and navy blues cannot be matched using CMYK.
Artwork may be submitted on disk, flash drive, via email or for larger files trough pCloud transfer.rface.
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