Art Specifications

Files can be set up on Mac or PC platforms with the following compatible software:

  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 or earlier
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6 or earlier
  • Adobe InDesign CS6 or earlier
  • Quark Xpress 7.0 or earlier

Print-ready high-resolution PDFs are also welcome.

If you send us a PDF file, it should be created with a consistent, colour profile (all RGB or all CMYK). We recommend Adobe’s “High Quality Print” pre-set with no compression on images OR Line Art. PDFs that are all line-art can use the “Press Quality” pre-set, but note that by default, the PDF will be converted to a CMYK SWOP 2-colour space. It is helpful to pre-flatten the PDF if it has any transparencies.

Be sure to include all required images (preferably TIFF, PSD, JPG or EPS), CONVERT ALL FONTS TO OUTLINES (CURVES), and include any PMS#s and/or provide colour-matched proofs. BLEEDS, IF APPLICABLE, must be at least 1/4″ beyond finished size on all four sides.

To achieve optimal resolution, an image file should be created at 150 ppi (full-size) or at 600 ppi (1/4 size).

To achieve optimal resolution, an image file should be created @ 150 ppi at full-size or @ 600 ppi at ¼ size. Example:

FILE SIZE FINISHED SIZE REQUIRED PPI
1′ x 2′ 1′ x 2′ 150
1′ x 2′ 4′ x 8′ 600

Large format signage (i.e. 8′ x 16′) requires tiling. We prefer to set this up internally.



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