Guidelines for Setting up Your File for Upload & Printing:

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General File Setup Recommendations: 

1. Set canvas/page size/image size to the full size of the desired sign in inches. Do not include a bleed area. If you creating 3'x8' vinyl banner, then set your canvas size to 36 inches x 96 inches. 
2. Resolution: Minimum of 150 dpi.
3. Color Mode: RGB.
4. Background should be a color in your file, please do not send a transparent file.

Recommendations
BY SOFTWARE


Photoshop Photoshop
Flatten the image.
Make sure your file contains only 1 layer.
Save as a PDF, JPG, TIFF or PSD file.
Illustrator Illustrator
Convert all text to outlines. 
Expand all Fills and Stokes. 
Save as a PDF file.
Corel Corel Products
Save your Corel file as a high resolution (150dpi or greater) TIFF, PDF, EPS or JPEG. 
Corel files can not be processed or printed.
Publisher Publisher
Save your Publisher file as a PDF or high resolution (150dpi or greater) TIFF or JPEG.
Publisher files can not be processed or printed.
Powerpoint Powerpoint
Save your Powerpoint file as a PDF or high resolution (150dpi or greater) TIFF or JPEG. Powerpoint files can not be processed or printed. PowerPoint files are best used for smaller sign types. Most PPT files are 8"×11" in size, and do not always enlarge well when used for banners or larger signs.
Word Word
Please try to avoid sending Word files, they usually can not be printed. Try our easy online design tool to make a custom sign right on our site.

If you still prefer to use Word, add a border proportional to your sign size and make your design inside that border only. When uploading your Word file, include all Fonts used in the files in upload.

Most Office products limit the artwork/page size making it less suitable to design a sign. Try converting your file to a high resolution PDF or TIFF and our pre-flight department will review your file. It may be possible to enlarge your design for printing.



Recommendations
BY FILE TYPE


Our favorite file type: 
TIFF flattened to 1 single layer or PDF file.


TIFF TIFF Files:
Set the resolution to a minimum of 150dpi at full sign size in inches. Flatten the file before saving it at 100% quality. Do not compress or optimize the file. As a general rule TIFF files less than 1MB in size do not print well.
PDF PDF Files: 
Convert all text to outlines. Expand all fills and strokes. All PDF's should be 1 page files.
JPG JPEG Files: 
Set the resolution to a minimum of 150dpi at full sign size in inches. Save it at 100% quality. As a general rule JPEG files less than 1MB in size do not print well.
PSD PSD Files: 
Set the resolution to a minimum of 150dpi at full sign size in inches. Flatten the file before saving it at 100% quality. Do not compress or optimize the file. As a general rule PSD files less than 1MB in size do not print well.
EPS EPS Files: 
Convert all text to outlines. 
Expand all fills and strokes.
AI AI Files: 
Convert all text to outlines. 
Expand all Fills and Stokes.


HELPFUL TIPS:

no image Do not use small or low resolution images. They will not print clearly. This includes images copied off the internet.
Check Keep text, images and logos 2 inches away from the edge.
Check Our recommended viewing mode for "ready-to-print" files is 'Print Size', or 'Actual Size'. If images or text appear pixilated or blurry on your screen, they will print blurry and pixilated too.
Check Set up your file at the full size of your desired sign/banner/sticker.
Check Download File Size Templates for use as a start in your own design software. CLICK HERE
Check Larger sizes are acceptable. We can always shrink your design, but it is much harder to enlarge it and ensure it will print clearly. 
We will accept virtually any file for review. If your file is found to be unsuitable for printing, account holders will receive an email from us if there is a problem with a file (guests will not). You will not be charged for the proof, nor are you obligated to buy anything. If there is a problem with a file, you may choose to upload a new file, or stop at this step without obligation. If a problem file is in an existing order, you may submit a new file or if necessary, cancel the order for a full refund.

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