DESIGN FAQ AND ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS

High quality imprinting requires high quality artwork. Artwork requirements vary depending on the product to be imprinted and imprinting process used. The information below will help you achieve the results you seek and answer some of the most common questions.

✔ We specialize in the design of large-format graphics for trade shows & events.

✔ We develop artwork for promotional products, including branded apparel.

✔ Review & pre-flight client art to ensure it conforms to the artwork requirements.

✔ Artwork conversion (convert low resolution images into a scalable vector format).

Yes we can!

We know the specifications of the graphics for many brands of trade show displays, but for others, we may need some information in order to be certain the graphics are created properly since each brand and/or model may be a little different.

If you provide us with the brand and model of your display, we can get the necessary information. If you don't know the brand and model, we may need the display, the existing panels, or some detailed measurements in order to produce your new graphics.

For certain fabric displays, we will need the frame, and if available, the existing fabric "skin", to ensure a proper fit.

For pop up displays, there is also panel at the bottom, of each panel that allows the panels to hook onto the display at the top. This hardware tends to vary by manufacturer, so if you want to keep your existing graphics in addition to your new ones, you will need new panel hangers as well. Again, with the correct information we can usually get these for you. If you aren't keeping your old graphics, we may be able to remove the old panel hangers and reuse them which will save you some money.

We used to get asked this question when rollable vinyl graphics attached to frames by magnets ruled the trade show display world.

And the answer was basically no, not if it was part of a set of graphics meant to be mounted side by side, because it would be nearly impossible to match the alignment and color close enough.

Nowadays, almost of all the exhibits we sell have fabric graphic panels instead. It's easier to remove and update a panel by itself. In fact, this is a feature of these displays; not only are the panels lighter and more vibrant, they can be updated separately to keep your booth current.

The only issue will be matching colors because even the best printer may not match color exactly from one run to the next, and of course, your existing panel may exhibit some fading from use. Therefore, if a perfect match is needed, you may need to reprint all of the panels.

A mural is a large single graphic image printed on flexible PVC panels. The image may span across several panels (a 10’ Pop-up has 4 Front Panels) and may even continue onto the display’s end caps if desired.

Mural panels may hang on hooks at the top of the frame of a portable display and have magnet strips along the edge which connect to the frame’s channel bars or be attached with Velcro at the top and bottom on hybrid displays with aluminum extrusion frames. This makes mural panels easy to align for a seamless image.

Rollable graphics are generally smaller graphics, printed on flexible PVC, commonly used with portable displays that have Velcro receptive fabric panels covering the frame. These types of display graphics use Velcro strips to adhere the graphic panel to the fabric surface.

Fabric graphics are created by the process of dye sublimation (printing an image onto paper and then heat is applied to transfer the dye directly onto the fabric). Dye sublimation graphics may be printed on opaque or sheer fabrics and finished with Velcro, grommets, pole pockets, or a silicone beading around its edge that fits into metal extrusions.

For opaque prints a liner is added to serve as a light blocker or a second print may be sewn onto the back to create a double-sided graphic. The translucent or sheer fabric creates a bleed through effect, allowing you to see the mirror image on the back of the print. The fabric type used may be mechanical (fixed size), or tension (designed to stretch), depending on the requirements of the display.

VECTOR: Vector art is made up of lines and curves defined by mathematical objects called vectors. Vector art is resolution independent. Therefore, it can be scaled to any size without loss of quality. Save your vector art as EPS or AI files. IMPORTANT: Vector based text must be converted to outlines before send us your artwork.

RASTER: Raster art is created using a program like Adobe Photoshop or scanned art (such as photographic image). A raster image consists of a grid, or bitmap, of small squares known as pixels. Raster images are resolution dependent (set at a fixed resolution). So simply increasing the size of a small image will result in a reduction in image quality. Save your raster art as layered PSD files. IMPORTANT: Raster based text must be converted to shapes before send us your artwork.

Templates are available for many of our products. Exact dimensions are available for others.

Vector files (AI and/or EPS) with all text converted to outlines, or layered PSD files, saved at 100, 150, 200 or 300 DPI (depending on the product) with all text converted to shapes. Please confirm the resolution necessary BEFORE creating your design with our sales representative

The following artwork requirements are provided to assist you in successfully preparing your files that contain photos or raster images for all of our display products with mural graphic panels, rollable graphic panels & most fabric graphic panels.

✔ Artwork MUST be submitted using our template(s) or dimensions provided by us, to ensure proper fit and alignment.
✔ Adobe Photoshop® is the preferred application for layouts containing images, gradient or blend effects. Illustrator files containing these effects are subject to banding & other undesirable results.
✔ Please submit your files compatible with Adobe Photoshop® & Illustrator® version CS2-CC.
✔ We do not accept artwork created in Quark, Indesign, Corel or Pagemaker.
✔ We accept artwork in layered PSD format or layered EPS or AI vector format.
✔ All files must be CMYK mode.
Convert ALL TEXT to outlines in Illustrator or shapes in Photoshop.
✔ Convert any vector text to outlines BEFORE placing them as Smart Objects in Photoshop.
✔ Provide a copy of the finished artwork as a PDF for use as a digital "hardcopy".
✔ If Pantone colors are used, please note them on the PDF or hard copy.
✔ Photoshop files must be saved at actual print size with a resolution of 100 PPI, CMYK /8bit .
DO NOT FLATTEN PHOTOSHOP LAYERS. We can not make color corrections to flattened files.
✔ Photographs must be saved at actual print size with a resolution of 100 or 150 PPI .
✔ All linked files in Illustrator must be saved at print size with a resolution of 100 or 150 PPI
✔ Do not "res-up" low resolution raster files or photographs.
✔ Do not embed placed files in Illustrator; Include them separately in zipped folder with main artwork file and PDF hardcopy.

The following artwork requirements are provided to assist you in successfully preparing your files that do not contain photos or raster images for all of our display products with mural graphic panels, rollable graphic panels & most fabric graphic panels.

✔ Artwork MUST be submitted using our template(s) or dimensions provided by us, to ensure proper fit and alignment.
✔ Adobe Illustrator® is the preferred application for layouts that do not include contain any images, gradient or blend effects.
✔ Please submit your files compatible with Illustrator® version CS2-CC.
✔ We do not accept artwork created in Quark, Indesign, Corel or Pagemaker.
✔ We accept artwork in layered EPS or AI vector format.
✔ All files must be CMYK mode.
Convert ALL TEXT to outlines in Illustrator.
✔ Provide a copy of the finished artwork as a PDF for use as a digital "hardcopy".
✔ If Pantone colors are used, please note them on the PDF or hard copy.

Templates for banners and/or banner stands often include "bleed areas" at the top, bottom and sides of the design area.

✔ Extend the design background to the outside edges of the "bleed area" to ensure complete coverage of the printed area.
✔ Do not place critical design elements or text within 2 inches of templates that provide for grommet holes to avoid distortion of your design.

The following artwork requirements are provided to assist you in successfully preparing your artwork that does not contain photographs or raster images, for most promotional products.

✔ Artwork MUST be submitted using our template(s) or dimensions provided by us, to ensure proper fit and alignment.
✔ Adobe Illustrator® is the preferred application for layouts that do not include contain any images, gradient or blend effects.
✔ Please submit your files compatible with Illustrator® version CS2-CC.
✔ We do not accept artwork created in Quark, Indesign, Corel or Pagemaker.
✔ Save your artwork in layered EPS or AI vector format as black & white line art or a vector image.
✔ All files must be CMYK mode.
Convert ALL TEXT to outlines in Illustrator.
✔ Provide a copy of the finished artwork as a PDF for use as a digital "hardcopy".
✔ If Pantone colors are desired, please note them on the PDF or hard copy.

The following artwork requirements are provided to assist you in successfully preparing your files that contain photos or raster images for all of our promotional products that offer full color imprinting.

✔ Artwork MUST be submitted using our template(s) or dimensions provided by us, to ensure proper fit and alignment.
✔ Adobe Photoshop® is the preferred application for layouts containing images, gradient or blend effects. Illustrator files containing these effects are subject to banding & other undesirable results.
✔ Please submit your files compatible with Adobe Photoshop® & Illustrator® version CS2-CC.
✔ We do not accept artwork created in Quark, Indesign, Corel or Pagemaker.
✔ We accept artwork in layered PSD format or layered EPS or AI vector format.
✔ All files must be CMYK mode.
Convert ALL TEXT to outlines in Illustrator or shapes in Photoshop.
✔ Convert any vector text to outlines BEFORE placing them as Smart Objects in Photoshop.
✔ Provide a copy of the finished artwork as a PDF for use as a digital "hardcopy".
✔ If Pantone colors are used, please note them on the PDF or hard copy.
✔ Photoshop files must be saved at actual print size with a resolution of 100 PPI, CMYK /8bit .
DO NOT FLATTEN PHOTOSHOP LAYERS. We can not make color corrections to flattened files.
✔ Photographs must be saved at actual print size with a resolution of 100 or 150 PPI .
✔ All linked files in Illustrator must be saved at print size with a resolution of 100 or 150 PPI
✔ Do not "res-up" low resolution raster files or photographs.
✔ Do not embed placed files in Illustrator; Include them separately in zipped folder with main artwork file and PDF hardcopy.