File Prep Requirements

We strive to ensure your orders are processed in the fastest time possible, with the least potential for problems. Please use the following guidelines and checklist when preparing data files for output.

Document Setup:
Supply print files at 100% whenever possible. If files are provided at 1/2 or 1/4 output size, be sure they are proportionately scalable to the final output size, and clearly indicate the dimensions of the finished piece. Do not leave non-printing graphics on printing layers or on pasteboard.

Unless otherwise specified, add 1/4″ bleed on EACH SIDE (top, bottom, left & right), for a total 1/2″ on the width, and 1/2″ on the height.

Convert to outlines or provide all fonts.

Raster Images or Photos (Non-Vector): Placed or linked files (tiff, psd, eps, or jpeg) should be at 100 dpi minimum at full output size. Raster Images containing text at 12 point or less, or with very fine serifs, should be provided at 300 dpi at full output size. Vector (line) Art should not be rasterized unless necessary. Provide linked graphics, or embed them when in Illustrator. Do not mix RGB and CMYK graphics in the same file.

Print Files:
Please supply files with logical and descriptive names to help us determine what prints, at what size, etc.

Illustrator and InDesign:
Supply individual artboards and/or pages, not multiple layers, for individual print files.

Supply separate files for each graphic/image to be printed.

BEFORE you generate a PDF for final print, make sure images are at the highest resolution possible, and fonts are outlined. Use the High Quality Print setting.

Custom Cut Graphics:
Please supply a vector cut file with a .25″ pt. black vector stroke.

Final Specs/Layout:

Include final dimensions and special instructions, as well as PMS or custom colors if required. Include a layout with any additional specs if necessary.

Custom Color Match:
For a custom color that is NOT a PMS, a color sample is recommended. PMS Colors specified will be matched as closely as possible, and may look different on various substrates and printers.


LX3 Direct-to-Substrate UV Output
• CMYK is recommended.
• Files should be minimum 100 – 150 dpi at 100% output size.
• Prints directly to rigid and roll-able substrates up to 126” wide x unlimited length.
• Pantone Spot Colors are converted to 4-Color Process. For best results, spot colors should be converted to CMYK in the artwork before printing.

HP Latex 1500
• CMYK or RGB are both acceptable.
• Files should be minimum 100 – 150 dpi at 100% output size.
• Prints directly to roll-able substrates and textiles up to 126” wide x unlimited length.
• Pantone Spot Colors are acceptable, and will be interpreted by the printer for best match possible.