Pre-Press | File Optimization

As your premier large format print service provider (PSP), we strive for excellence in both our print quality and the way our clients’ files are prepared. That said, we do encourage clients to provide print-ready files as much as possible so that we can continue providing great prints to-the-trade, and you can continue to profit from our partnership.

We have a downloadable File Submission Standards info sheet HERE. Please review it and follow these guidelines to ensure optimal print quality and expedited order processing.

FILES FOR DIGITAL PRINT PROJECTS: Preferred file formats for digital jobs such as signs, banners, vehicle wraps, box trucks, building wraps, event signs and most all projects: jpg, tif, ai, pdf and eps (with type/fonts converted to curves).

Additionally, we gladly accept all major file formats from professional graphic applications such as Photoshop, Illustrator (CS6 or lower, please); PDFs are the best way to send art.

IF LARGE FORMAT OR FLATBED CONTOUR CUTTING IS REQUIRED, an additional vector cut path should be supplied as a vector path with a 1 point stroke, pink in color, ideally on a separate layer titled “cut.” Typically resolution should be kept to 150 dpi at finished size for raster images for best results. With some projects such as bus wraps, oversize banners, stage backdrops and building wraps, 50-75 dpi may be acceptable. We will not print your job if it the resolution is going to look bad, without your prior approval first. Files at 1/2 or 1/12 scale are encouraged for very large layouts.

IMPORTANT COLOR INFORMATION: For predictable color, vector files must be submitted with colors defined from your application’s PMS coated library. RGB color pallette definitions DO NOT reproduce consistently. Please note, not all PMS colors are capable of being accurately produced on our presses. If color matching is critically important, we offer a color matching press proof service for $35. Color matching is not guaranteed without the press proof service.

FILES FOR CNC ROUTING AND DIMENSIONAL SIGN PROJECTS: We gladly accept file formats such as EPS, PDF from professional vector graphic applications such as Illustrator, CorelDraw and certain signmaking and CAD programs. All files for CNC routing and carving need to be vector based. Raster images are not workable for CNC routing, cutting and carving. We can cut most any sign media such as PVC, SignFoam, Dibond, acrylic, aluminum, ACP, ACM, MDO, and the newer composite paper panels requiring knife cutting.