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Guidelines for
Art File

Recommended file types & Guidelines

Vector based files include .ai, .cdr & .eps files. Currently, some .pdf files contain vector artwork embedded in them. If you email us your .pdf, we will see if it contains the appropriate vector art and meets out guidelines.

We prefer vector based artwork because we have more options when creating your sign.

Fonts/Text Submission: Before submitting your vector files please convert your fonts to outlines or paths.

Raster based files include .tif, .jpg, .bmp

Raster files (like photos and renderings) will limit your sign output to being digitally printed.

File Resolution: A minimum resolution of 100-150 dpi at 100% file size will be acceptable for many signage applications. Keep in mind a 200-300 dpi at a 50% file size will scale up proportionately.


As a general rule, higher resolution files provide a nicer output, but is usually only necessary for larger, grand format images.

Fonts/Text Submission: Before submitting your raster files, please make sure all text is flattened.

Color Format

Setup your files in CMYK color format. Make sure all imported/embedded images are also in CMYK color format. Although not always necessary, PMS color information can be included when a job is submitted.

Acceptable Media for Submission

  • Email (We can accept files up to 25MB through email.)

  • Drop box

  • Flash Drive

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