Art Specs

If you've never ordered plastic products before (or even if you have), you may have many questions about acceptable file formats, colors, bleed area, and more. Below, we've addressed these issues to help make the printing process run as smoothly as possible:

Acceptable Art File Formats

We can accept the following art formats only:

  • Adobe PDF
  • Adobe Illustrator up to version CS5 (.AI)
  • Adobe Photoshop up to version CS5 (.PSD)
  • Adobe InDesign up to version CS5 (.INDD)
  • Corel Draw up to version 15 (.CDR)
  • High-Resolution JPG, PNG, TIFF, EPS

Important notes about file formats:

  • Adobe Illustrator files must have bitmap images (JPG, TIFF, etc.) embedded in the file or provided separately with art files. Adobe InDesign files should be packaged with all art links and fonts or also provided separately with art files.
  • Art designed in any other software programs must be sent to us in PDF format (i.e. Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, etc.)
  • Convert all text to curves/outlines or include all font files (.otf or .ttf ). When requesting the use of specific fonts, please include the font files if possible.
  • For quality printing of your order, bitmap images should be created at 300 PPI in actual template size. We are not responsible for the print quality when a low-resolution file is provided.

Bleed and Safe Area

Bleed is the area of your artwork that is extended beyond the actual dimensions of the document. Any objects in your artwork that touch the edges of the finished document require a 1/8 (.125) inch bleed. When preparing your artwork, please extend all background images and text intended to bleed 1/8 inch from each cut line edge.

The safe area is the area of artwork that is 1/8 (.125) inch within the actual dimensions of the document. Any artwork that is not intended to be cut off, such as text or logos, must be 1/8 inch inside all cut line edges.

Please refer to our online spec sheets and templates for correct bleed and safe area dimensions.

Colors

Although orders are printed in a digital four color CMYK process, PMS colors may be provided as a reference. We will attempt to match as closely as possible. However, we cannot guarantee that the color will be matched perfectly. The heat lamination process used during production may result in subtle color shade variations between the proof and actual product. Future orders may also experience color variation from the original production.

Please note: When proofing, the colors that you see on your monitor are not an accurate color match of the final product.

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