SUPPORTED FILE FORMATS
We accept most file formats, but we do not accept Publisher, FlexiSign, Quark, CAD, or Word documents.
Common formats we accept:
Raster: Photoshop (.psd), .jpg, .tif, .bmp, .png
Vector: Illustrator (.ai), CorelDraw (.cdr), InDesign (.indd), .eps
OVERVIEW OF IMAGE TYPES
Creating or editing an image with dots allows you to provide for rich detail in an image. Because every dot can be a different color, you can allow for any kind of color change.
Raster images are file-heavy. All of the zeros and ones that are used to make up each pixel result in large files sizes.
Rasters do not resize well. When you resize a raster image, the pixels just get larger, making the image appear distorted and chunky/grainy.
Photo editors, like Adobe PhotoShop, use raster-based images.
In a raster-based image creation program, a square would be made of thousands of pixel dots.
In a vector-based program, the same square would be made of only four dots, one on each corner. These “vector points,” basically allow your computer to play Connect the Dots. Each vector point has information in it telling your computer how to connect each point with straight or curved lines, and with what color to fill in the closed shape.
Because the computer only has to keep four points in its memory, it is much easier for the computer to edit vector-based images.
If you resize a vector-based image, it loses no detail. The vector points spread out and the computer just redraws the image. You can easily color, or recolor, a vector-based image very easily.
Vector images do have some drawbacks, however. They are generally filled with a solid color or a gradient but can’t display the lush detail of a raster based image such as a photo.
Illustration programs like Adobe Illustrator and CorelDraw use vector-based images.
RESOLUTION (RASTER ART)
Raster files should be 10ppi at full size. PPI will increase if designing to scale (20ppi at half scale, etc)
Raster files should be 30ppi at full size. PPI will increase if designing to scale. (60ppi at half scale, etc)
BANNERS, PSV, DYE SUB, & MORE
Raster files should be 72ppi – 200ppi at full size. PPI will increase if designing to scale. (150ppi at half scale, etc).
When you submit files to be printed, you must “Embed” the linked images. The procedure varies from program to program
If you are uncertain about bleed in your files:
Contact Prepress (317) 917-7938 and ask for bleed specifications. We are always glad to help!!!
POCKETS, HEMS, & WELDS
If a 24” x 48” banner has 2” pockets on all sides, all important information must fit within 20” x 44”. Background images and non-essential design elements may go into the pocket area.
Please note that pockets do not change the finished size of the print. Adding 2” of bleed will not make the art correct.