Artwork Specifications & Templates

When supplying artwork for printing purposes, we kindly ask that all artwork adheres to the guidelines set out below. Artwork that fails to meet these specifications will incur a graphic design fee, unless proper artwork is re-supplied.

High-resolution PDF format with bleeds/crop marks (where necessary), fonts converted to curves/outlines and all images embedded is most preferred artwork files.

Accepted File Formats

JPG/TIFF/PNG (raster/bitmap photos/artwork)

PDF/EPS (vector high-resolution artwork)

AI/PSD/CDR (native artwork with fonts converted to outlines/curves and all images embedded)

DOC/WPD/TXT (for text/copy related items)

Resolution

All supplied raster/bitmap files (JPG/TIFF/PNG/PSD) must have a minimum of 300dpi resolution and/or be large enough in original size (at standard 72dpi) to be printed clearly at 300pdi.

File Size

We ask that all individual raster/bitmap photos/artwork (JPG/TIFF/PNG) be supplied at the largest (original) size possible to best accommodate large printing requirements. When designing artwork, it is generally considered good practice to resample raster/bitmap photos/artwork to a size that matches the final printed artwork in order to keep the file sizes as low as possible. This can be done manually using image editing software or through the compression settings when exporting a PDF.

Colour Mode

All print-ready vector-based artwork (PDF/EPS/AI/CDR) must be supplied in CMYK colour mode unless specific Pantone spot colours are required. Raster/bitmap photos/artwork may be supplied in RGB or CMYK colour modes.

Bleed

Bleed is necessary to include in all supplied artwork where the artwork is printed to the edge of the page. We ask that a minimum of 1/8” (0.125”) of bleed is included beyond the trimmed edge of the page, where necessary, and accompanied by crop marks if possible (see below).

Crop Marks

Crop marks are not necessary but generally nice to include, especially with high-resolution vector PDF/EPS artwork that also require bleeds.

Fonts

All fonts must be embedded in PDF/EPS formats and converted to outlines/curves in AI/PSD/CDR formats.

Artwork Templates

Below are an assortment of downloadable templates of commonly printed items.  Please use or refer to these templates if you are supplying artwork to be printed.

Please contact us at 705-726-5550 or printing@gagebiz.com if you have any questions about artwork specifications or concerns when transferring your files to us.