Ready to design your layout? Here is your step-by-step guide.
1. Download Online Template:
Locate the template for your art. Click downloads under the items product samples. If the template is unavailable, email us at email@example.com
2. Laying out Artwork on Template:
Open the templates PDF in Illustrator, and scroll down to review the Graphic Design Guidelines section below. (CMYK, Hi-Resolution at full size, PDF filetype, Outlined fonts, No Template Lines)
3. Submit your art:
Click the “Upload Artwork Here” button found below. Enter your email address with a short description of your order and invoice/order confirmation number as well as your contact information. Then simply drag, drop and send your art files.
4. eProof Approval
You will receive an eProof within 1-3 business days. Review carefully for errors. Approve as soon as possible to move the order to production.
As soon as the eProof is approved, your order will be moved Production time varies depending on the quantity/items ordered. If you have a specific in-hand delivery date, please talk to your representative right away.
As soon as your order is ready, it will be shipped via UPS, FedEx, etc. Delivery times vary based on location and methods. If necessary, you may add a production Rush and/or expedited shipping method when placing your order.
How to locate your art template.
On the product page click on the “DOWNLOADS” tab (see image below).
Select and download the template for your specific product and size.
How to upload your art.
Click on the “UPLOAD ARTWORK HERE” button to open the Upload wetransfer page (see below screenshot). You can drag and drop files directly onto the web page or click the + blue icon. Enter your email address as well as your contact information and order number if available. Please add any relevant information including requested delivery date.
GRAPHIC DESIGN GUIDELINES
We recommend the use of our provided templates whenever available.
Requested File Formats: PDF format saved as hi-resolution (no template or crops marks)
Other File Formats that also work but are not preferred:
- Adobe Illustrator®: .eps or .ai files
- Adobe Photoshop®: .psd or .eps files, or .tif with lzw compression for large files
- Images should be saved in CMYK color mode. (?)
- Provide color matching information with your art files. If you provide us with embedded Coated Pantone® color,
we will match defined colors as closely as possible (Additional fees may apply). 100% reproduction of defined colors
(PANTONE®, RAL®) is not guaranteed.
- If you are concerned about color matching, we recommend printing a sample at additional cost and production time.
You may also send a color copy, proof, or color chip for us to match.
- Please note that eProof does not provided accurate color representation.
- Proportions of the art should match the desired final print size.
- Include appropriate bleed around perimeter. (Use provided template when available.)
- We recommend that files be saved at 100-125 dpi at final print size. (?)
- Resolutions below 100 dpi may yield less than optimal results.
- Define colors as a percentage of spot color when appropriate to image.
- Convert all fonts to outlines and/or rasterize type layers. (?)
- A low-resolution e-proof will be provided as verification of content and placement only.
It should not be used to evaluate color and resolution. Image defects may not be visible unless
the original is viewed at 100 percent.
- Mural files must be built in one single layout.
- Minimize the amount of type crossing over panel breaks.
- Some panels, such as end panels, may not be fully visible from the front
Duo h-line Graphics Layout:
- Due to the greater complexity of creating artwork for the h-line modular exhibit systems, we will need to create custom templates based on approved exhibit design/configuration.
Along with these templates, a complete set of instructions will be provided on how to layout graphics properly.
Rich Black / Regular (True) Black:
When designing your art, if you have your standard black color set to
C 0%, M 0%, Y 0%, K 100% your black may come off a little different than expected.
It will lose its richness and not be true dark black. To get a rich black use the following:
C 75%, M 75%Y 75%,K 100%
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
• What is the difference between raster and vector?
Raster art includes digital photography and is made up of defined pixels (tiny dots of color).
Because there’s a fixed number of pixels in the artwork, it cannot be enlarged without becoming pixelated or blurry.
Vector art is made up of lines and shapes defined by equations. It’s created mathematically, so it can be enlarged endlessly without any degradation.
Why do we prefer vector? We’re printing large items! Vector artwork helps us guarantee crisp, clear prints with no pixelation. (We know sometimes you’ll prefer to use raster art, like when you include a photo in your design. That’s why we ask for high resolution photos.)
• How do I check my file’s resolution (dpi)?
Note: Be sure to check both the Document Size and the Resolution when you’re working with raster images.
The final artwork must be 100 dpi at full print size, so if your final print is 30″ x 96″, that’s 3000 x 9600 pixels.
• How do I make sure my file is CMYK?
What does this mean? RGB (red, green, blue) is the color output of your monitor, but CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black)
is the color output of most printers, and they don’t mix in exactly the same ways or make all the same colors.
By setting your document to CMYK for us, you avoid any undesirable color shifts when we send it to the printer.
• How do I outline or rasterize fonts?
Note: After outlining text, you will no longer be able to type or edit the text.
This should be done only when you are finished making changes.
Why do we ask you to do this? Our printers don’t have access to every font you or your designer may have on your computer.
By changing the type into an image, you ensure that we’ll be able to reproduce it exactly the way it looks in your design.