File Preparation

File Prep Notes From The Dudes

Please provide high resolution artwork in the following formats; Adobe Creative Suite, EPS, PDF, JPEGs, TIFFs or PNGs.

When sending Native files (Illustrator, Photoshop) please include fonts used in document if not converted outlines, cut/crease/fold paths on a separate layer and do not flatten images in Photoshop if we need to manipulate the file.

Size & Bleed
Files need to be built to the final trim size, plus 1/4″ bleed on each side. Therefore, if you are ordering a 8×11, the graphic file’s size should 8.25″ x 11.25″. When generating the file into the proper format, do not use any crop or printer’s marks as these will increase the dimensions of the designed file.

Image Resolution
For best printing results, we recommend files to have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. Submitting files with resolution lower than 300 dpi may result in the print turning out pixelated or blurry.

Color Mode
All full color artwork or images must be saved in CMYK color mode. While black and white artwork or images must be in grayscale color mode.
Files submitted in RGB or any other color mode will be converted automatically to CMYK. Converting these to CMYK would cause a shift since they are not of the same color spectrum.

Safety Zone
Do not place any critical images or text beyond the safety zone, which should be at least 1/8″ within the final trim size. This will ensure that they are well within the finished piece when it is trimmed.

Font & Lines
When creating files on vector based software such as illustrator, all text must be converted to outlines before generating the final PDF file. If working out of Photoshop, simply flatten the image. Do not use fonts smaller than 12 pts. Note that small or very narrow fonts may not render well on print against dark backgrounds or during the vinyl cutting process. Keep all lines at least .25 points thick. While thinner lines may be visible on screen, they may not show on print or cut correctly during the vinyl cutting process.

Artwork with Borders
When trimmed, the border should be 1/4″ thick. Therefore, it should be set up to be 3/8″ from the bleed line. There is a cutting tolerance of 1/16″ which may cause uneven borders. We do not recommend borders. However, if they are necessary in your artwork, keep the minimum border thickness to make it possible for us to cut as evenly as possible. We do not guarantee perfect trimming.