Digital File Requirements for Customer Supplied Art

We will usually accept your computer-generated art as camera-ready art, if your data meets all of the following conditions:

1. All image files should be at a minimum resolution of 300 dpi at 100% of the imprint area. The minimum reproducible resolution for most of our processes is 65 lpi. This means that lines thinner than 1.5 pt and type smaller than 10 pt may not reproduce well (depending on the font, even larger sizes may contain lines that are too thin).

2. You may embed the image(s) with its layout in any of the following program formats:

 PROGRAM VERSION
MAC
PC
 COMMENTS
 Adobe Illustrator CS3 or earlier
X
X
 
 Freehand 7.x or earlier
X
   
 Adobe Photoshop CS3 or earlier
X
X
 
 Adobe Pagemaker 7.0 or 6.5
X
X
 
 Quark Xpress 5.x or earlier
X
   always use "collect for output" from File
 Corel Draw 11.x or earlier  
X
 

PLEASE - Avoid the following program formats (because they do not contain the actual high-resolution images):

 FORMAT
 MAC
 PC
 .ppt (from Microsoft Powerpoint)
 X
 X
 .doc (such as from Microsoft Word)
 X
 X

Avoid sending files in the above formats so we can process your order as fast as possible.

We are pleased to accept just the image files in the following graphic formats:

 FORMAT
 MAC
 PC
 We prefer VECTOR images saved in Adobe Illustrator's EPS or AI images to be the best format for our use.
They are not resolution-dependent and are usually very small.
 X
 X
 We also accept TIF, TIFF, and BMP, which are bitmap images. Be sure resolution is 300 dpi or higher.
X
 X
We also accept PCX, GIF, WMF. Resolution must be 300 dpi or higher.
X
X
Please do NOT send PICT, JPEG, JPG unless you saved at 300dpi +
X
X

If using EPS, also include the file in its native format (the original Corel, Freehand or Illustrator file from which the graphic was created).

Please DO NOT use JPEG if you want quality printing!  JPEG is a "lossy" format, so called because you lose detail when you convert files to this format, no matter what the resolution.

2. Do not assume that we have any unusual fonts in our library. If you must have a special font, email us to ask if we already have it (artwork@recognition.com). BEWARE - different foundries do sell similar fonts with the same names!!! If you really want to match a font, you should always send copies of both screen and printer fonts as well as any linked graphic files. Adobe Type 1 Postscript fonts, True Type for OSX and OpenType are good formats. We can also buy practically any font, upon request.

3. Spot colors should be designated using PMS coated colors. We no longer use spot colors. We usually must output separations which require a separate piece of film per color. If possible, print your files & supply separations, labeling each color, on paper. This will print all text and graphics in solid black but each color will be printed on a separate page. Be sure to label each color. Allow 1-2 pt trapping for most items with multiple color imprints.

4. If possible, please make compressed files self-extracting.

5. Please create a "README" file containing the following data and attach it with your artwork:

a.  The name of your organization
b. Which of our showrooms has the order
c. File names you are sending and what is in each
d. Application software used to create file, and whether Mac or IBM
e. Version(s) of application software
f. Fonts used and whether or not you enclosed them as well
g. List any attached/placed graphic files
h. Type of graphic file

6. Regardless of which customer service person handles your account,
   a) please e-mail the artwork files as an attachment to our graphics department at artwork@recognition.com
   b)
Please email to your salesperson, informing them that you have sent the artwork to our graphics department
   c) Then fax a hard copy to the factory (401 365-1263) to demonstrate color breaks, type styles and layouts.

7. If you cannot email to us, files may be sent on CDs, DVDs, 3.5" disks. Other media may be used if prior arrangements are made.

8. Photocopies and FAXes are NOT considered camera-ready.
Art charges will apply for more than 3 minutes of time we have to spend to "clean" what you send.



What is CAMERA-READY (or process-ready) Art?

  • Clean, sharp high contrast Black and White original art or photographic paper with the image on it.
  • High Resolution laser proofs (300 dpi or better) are usually good enough at same size or larger. Sometimes it is best to build it large, say 300% size, on your computer, making sure your line thicknesses are a multiple of our minimums when reduced to final size.
  • At the actual size to be imprinted, we need rules and lines to be at least 1.5 point thick when positive and 2.0 points when reversed. These thickness specifications also apply to type. This means that finely detailed fonts are not a good choice for our processes, especially at small size (under 14pt size type).
  • We need to have 2.0 point wide lines in drawings wherever two colors meet. The 1st color to be printed needs to be trapped (overlapped) by the next color by at least one point. Where two colors come together under a black rule, they should butt in the middle to trap properly. Where possible, have the black or dark color overpint (rather than KO) the light color to help registration.
  • If you have two colors that meet (trap) and have a common end or side point, you need to see if you can put a rule of darker (trapped) color around the light color. This makes it look better because of the small amount of inevitable misregistration that may occur.

  • Halftones are extremely difficult for us to reproduce on most of our products quickly, consistently and economically. Do not assume that we will accept jobs based on most halftone art.


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