General Artwork Information...
Standard Imprint Colors
These samples are not an exact match.
| LIGHT GREEN
| DARK GREEN
| LIGHT BLUE
PMS PROCESS BLUE
| DARK BLUE
PMS REFLEX BLUE
| ROYAL BLUE
PMS ORANGE 021
| COOL GREY
COOL GREY NO. 7
Standard Imprint Colors For Boxes
Red, Blue, Green, Brown, Burgundy, Black, White, Gold and Silver..
PMS Color Match
For PMS color matches other than standard colors add $30(V). Box imprint can not be PMS color match.
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Artwork should be submitted in vector format with all fonts converted to outlines. Please include any additional information which will help process art submissions quickly and accurately. Artwork must always include PO# in the subject of the email and contact information in the body of the email. Orders without correct PO# referenced will be rejected by the factory. We recommend submitting a mockup of the art on the item for comparison. Factory cannot be responsible for errors otherwise. Note: Artwork will be sized to maximum available imprint area unless otherwise specified on Purchase Order.
Acceptable File Size
Up to 10.0 MB files may be received via email. Larger files may be uploaded to our FTP site. Instructions here
Illustrator (CC or earlier), vector based AI, EPS or PDF files. Non-vectored Photoshop (CC and earlier, 300dpi at 100% size only) and TIFF (hi res, b/w only) files that are saved as 8-bit CMYK or grayscale can be used for 4 color process printing, 4 color process digital labels, heat transfers and other full color digital applications. Note: we do not accept either Word files or CorelDraw files for art submission.
Should your art require manipulation, that requires a charge, you will be contacted with an estimate before any work is done. Art charges are billed at $50(Z) per hour. $25(Z) minimum billed.
$20(V), includes an art proof.
To avoid delays please submit the art with the purchase order to email@example.com. Please reference your PO number in the subject line of the email.
$10(V) per proof: Art proofs are produced within 48 hours from receipt of a complete purchase order for standard production.
$30(V) plus all applicable charges. Upon written approval of the pre-production sample, run charges and a repeat set up charge will apply to the full production order. Pre-Production samples for full color heat transfer order are $206(V).
All imprint sizes are located in the item description within the catalog.
Info for Art Sent Via E-mail
Accepted Formats:EPS, TIFF, AI, PSD
Programs we support: Adobe CS and lower
If documents include type, screen and printer fonts must be attached or be converted to outlines or curves. We can-not access PC fonts. (Please note that sometimes TrueType fonts will not print properly.)For documents in Illustrator or CorelDraw, all items should be converted to outlines or curves with CorelDraw files exported as EPS or AI files.
Documents in Illustrator must have all EPS and/or TIFF files in the same folder or the same package to avoid confusion and make production possible.
Documents in Photoshop should NOT be halftones (grayscale or CMYK) and resolution should not be lower than 300 dpi. Phone and fax numbers, as well as contact name(s), P.O. numbers and Item descriptions should be included on e-mail messages in case we have any questions about art.
Send only one file at a time and, if possible, use a compression utility to avoid corruption of files.
Please fax with your P.O. a composite of your artwork to verify position & placement.
We do not accept files in Powerpoint, Publisher, MS Word, and other word processing programs as well as low-resolution .jpg, .gif or .bmp.
Any piece of art that has to be separated, typeset, spread, trapped, converted, or "cleaned-up" in any way is NOT "camera-ready" and the work required on our end is billable at the rate of $50(Z) per hour.
Specs for Camera-Ready Art
Following are the specs we require to avoid costs on incoming art:
|1||Any type that "knocks-out" (white or lighter letters) of a solid or reverse area should be at least 5 pt. type and sans serif so that it will not fill in on press.|
|2||Any colors adjacent to each other need to "trap" or overlap for correct registration on press. Traps should be approximately .25pts. or 1/64". For colors printing next to black, traps can go up to 1/16 " .|
|3||Paper mechanicals should be on coated or photographic paper from a laser printer or stat camera to make sure image is crisp and does not have jagged edges.|
|4||Concerning halftones or art with screens:
|5||If art is to bleed off the label, that bleed area (measuring 1/8" ) should be included on the art.|
|6||All mechanicals MUST be prepared with copy at least 1/8" from the die cut label area on all 4 sides.|
|7||Art with halftones/tints must be electronic (on disc) since they don' t scan cleanly.|
Please Note: All images will be sized to the maximum imprint area of the item, unless the client specifies a requested size (ie. Actual Size, Enlarge or Reduce).
Actual Size: The artwork is the exact size the customer sent.
Maximum Imprint Area: The artwork will be enlarged or reduced proportionally to fit the imprint area.
4 Color Process Art Info
The following guidelines may be helpful as you prepare electronic files to submit for reproduction. Our pre-press department works in a Macintosh environment. Please check your files carefully as we will not be held responsible for errors when files are not submitted in exact accordance with our specifications. Important! Please pay close attention to the shape of the item you choose, to avoid inappropriate cropping. Also, Please provide color matching materials before we pre-press your art. If your artwork is confined to strict corporate requirements (i.e. color), it is strongly recommended that you request a pre-production sample prior to full completion of your order.
Submit both layered and formatted CMYK Photoshop or Illustrator files. Do not flatten templates or dielines within your file. Doing this will result in an art charge. Add all artwork to NEW layers–DO NOT add your artwork to the same layer that the template dielines are on. Please do not send disc art in Microsoft Word or Excel format. Word processing and spreadsheet programs, such as these, do not work well in our pre-press environment. We cannot accept art created in Microsoft Publisher or slide creation programs such as PowerPoint.
Whenever the application permits, as in Adobe Illustrator, convert type to curves/outlines. Also, remember to outline fonts used in EPS files that are placed/linked in your document. If not included, fonts will be substituted and line breaks may change. If unable to convert fonts when sending files, please provide screen and printer fonts. For Windows based art it is preferable to convert all type to curves/outlines.
Graphics (linked images)
Images should be scanned at 300 dpi resolution and saved in CMYK or Grayscale TIFF format without embedded profiles. Convert all RGB files to CMYK. Graphics in EPS format are also acceptable. Digital camera photos or graphics taken from an internet web page should also adhere to these same specifications prior to placement in your document. Files with a resolution of 72ppi at print size will not produce an acceptable print
All Color in your disc art, including graphics and photos, should be in CMYK color space. Blacks should be built w/ values of 75% Cyan / 68% Magenta / 67% Yellow/ 90% Black to achieve a rich black when printed. Convert all PMS colors to CMYK. Exact PMS color match not available. If using white in imprint, please specify. Due to the different substrates (printed surfaces) that we print on and the varying printing processes, the artwork may appear to be inconsistent from one item to the next. We will make every attempt to color correct the artwork file to retain consistency, however limitations will exist.
Phone and fax numbers, as well as contact name(s), P.O. numbers and Item description should be included on e-mail messages in case we have any questions about art. Send only one file at a time and, if possible, use a compression utility to avoid corruption of files. Please fax with your P.O. a composite of your Artwork to verify position & placement.
For large artwork files, we accept uploads via FTP (file transfer protocol). Instructions on this method are available here. After you have successfully uploaded your artwork, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with your PO Number on the subject line and provide the name of the file that you have uploaded to our ftp site. We will match the artwork to your order.
Good & Bad Artwork
Vector Artwork (acceptable, 300 dpi & up) Sample:
Rasterized Artwork (Unacceptable, under 300 dpi) Sample:
Artwork that is received should only be exact size or scaled down if needed. All imprint sizes are located in the item description throughout the catalog and website.
Artwork for Pens
Artwork should be as simple and clear. Below are examples of acceptable and unacceptable artwork.
UNACCEPTABLE: Vital information will be too small and illegible.
ACCEPTABLE: Artwork is clear and legible.
Art formats are available on each product page by clicking the "Art Format" link. Each art format package may contain one or more .pdf files depending on which production types are available to the item.
Please be sure you are
referencing the correct file. You may contact customer service for assistance if you are unsure.
To view the .pdf file format you must have an appropriate viewing application. Adobe reader is the standard and available for free at get.adobe.com/reader