Adobe Illustrator- preferred art or a PDF with fonts embedded.
Before sending in illustrator file make sure that you outline all texts or else it runs the chance of being replaced when we open it. (type <outline) and save the layout as a new file name so you can go back and edit the text if necessary. Save as a PDF, AI or EPS to send to us
Rastor images are not recommended unless grayscale is avoided and use 1200 bitmap mode. By rastor we mean scanned artwork into Photoshop and then created into vector files. Please use caution with these types of files as creating vector artwork might not capture all detail of the original artwork.
Do not use a JPEG for your artwork; it will create a low quality die that neither you nor we will be happy with.
If printing in one color make sure the file is all in 100% black (K) only in CMYK mode.
When creating artwork please be aware of font and line requirements. It depends on your plate but If your plate has a 94 or 95 in the product name, we recommend at least a 0.25 point thickness (or larger). If your plate has 145 or 152 in the product name, we recommend at least a .35 point/.007″ thickness (or larger). Watch out for typefaces with swirl curves that thin or have breaks or fonts with fine cross bars. Also, no hair lines please! Undersize dots and lines may not hold on the plate during production, or during printing or impressions.
On dots, we recommend at least a 1 pt diameter if the plate is a 94 or 95 in. Boost that to 1.25pt diameter for plates that are 145 or 152 in thickness. Each of those dots has to stand on it’s own on the plate and that thickness will provide the support at the base of the plate to hold the dot.