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Art Upload and File Format Guidelines






 

Please be sure to INCLUDE YOUR ORDER NUMBER in the Subject of the File Upload Message

 

File Upload Link

 

Click above to upload your files


 

After your file has been uploaded, you will receive a confirmation email letting you know your file has been received. Please allow up to 48 hours for a proof to be sent to the email address you provided on the upload form.

 

 

GRAPHIC GUIDELINES - SETTING UP YOUR FILES

 

Acceptable image file formats:

 

    • PDF (Preferred)

    • TIFF

    • JPEG  (JPEG files should be saved with Image Options set to Maximum Quality)

    • EPS

 

When creating graphics, image files should be at 100-150 dpi at the final print size of the graphic. We strongly recommend they be submitted at 100% of the final print size.

Smaller files 5 megabytes or less can be emailed. Larger files up to 2 gigabytes (2000 megabytes) can be uploaded through the upload link above.

 

Page layout files: 

 

We would prefer that after creating files from your page layout software they are exported as PDF files to avoid text reflow and/or missing fonts and/or images. When exporting your page layout file as a PDF, please ensure the PDF generator is configured to generate a PDF file for High Quality Printing and not for Screen Viewing. Also ensure that all fonts, images, etc... are downloaded into the PDF file.

 

Color Mode

 

You should always start and finish your designs in CMYK color mode. If you use Spot or Pantone colors, please have them converted to process colors prior to uploading your file.

 

Color Matching:

 

If any spot colors need to match specific Pantone colors, etc. please submit a color laser proof of your artwork for our reference. Colors will be close, but not exact, due to the nature of large format printing and the various substrates that we use.

 

Submitting Files Utilizing Removable Media: (CDs, DVDs, etc.)

 

If you wish to send your file(s) via removable media, please send to: Display-World, 203 Main Street, Flemington NJ 08822. You will be notified when we receive your items and confirmed the disk contents. Removable media will be returned with your shipment of goods.

 

SETTING UP BLEEDS ON VARIOUS SUBSTRAITS

 

7mil Cling - No bleed or crops needed. Make your artwork exactly the size you are ordering.

8mil Glossy Posters -No bleed or crops needed. Make your artwork exactly the size you are ordering.

10mil Premium Indoor Banner - No bleed or crops needed. Make your artwork exactly the size you are ordering. We suggest you keep any important text / artwork 2 inches inward from the edge of your artwork as to avoid any elements being cut off / hemmed over,

 

15oz Blockout Vinyl - No bleed or crops needed. Make your artwork exactly the size you are ordering. We suggest you keep any important text / artwork 2 inches inward from the edge of your artwork as to avoid any elements being cut off / hemmed over.

13oz Scrim Indoor / Outdoor Vinyl Banner - no bleed set-up, no crops - make your artwork exactly the size you are ordering. We suggest you keep any important text / artwork 2 inches inward from the edge of your artwork as to avoid any elements being cut off / hemmed over.

*Coroplast - ensure you have 1/2" on each side of your artwork, no crops - make up your artwork 1" larger on the width and lenght of the size you are ordering.

*Foamboard - ensure you have 1/2" on each side of your artwork, no crops - make up your artwork 1" larger on the width and lenght of the size you are ordering.

*Magnets - ensure you have 1/2" on each side of your artwork, no crops - make up your artwork 1" larger on the width and lenght of the size you are ordering.

*10mil banner for Economy Collapsible Banner Stand - 1/2" bleed on all sides, no crops - make your artwork exactly 25" x 61" to be cut down to 24" x 60", with grommets in the corners.

*13oz. banner for Economy Collapsible Banner Stand - 1/2" bleed on all sides, no crops - make your artwork exactly 25" x 61" to be cut down to 24" x 60", with grommets in the corners.

*10mil Premium Indoor Banner 33"x80" with Retractable Stand - 1/2" bleed on all sides, no crops - make your artwork exactly 34" x 81" to be cut down to 33" x 80"

*Your PDF file will only output the size you have in your document set-up. To ensure your bleed is always acknowledged, you must include the bleed on your artboard (Document Set-up) in addition to the actual size of your finished size desired. i.e. If you order a 24" x 18" Coroplast sign, your artwork with bleed and document set-up both should actually be 25" x 19".

 

HELPFUL TIPS AND GENERAL ADVICE

 

What is the difference between raster and vector?

 

Raster based artwork such as photos, or flattened artwork (from Adobe Photoshop) are made up of tiny squares (pixels) and depending on your resolution and/or final output size desired, the file could have a low quality end result. Any raster elements you wish to use should have a high enough resolution (DPI) before considering them for your large format product.
Vector based artwork such as illustrations or clip-art style elements (from Adobe Illustrator) is made with mathematical calculations, and can be scaled up to any size without losing quality. Keep in mind that any effects used in Adobe Illustrator are raster based and have transparency - this greatly adds to file size and you must have correct settings in your "Document Raster Effects Settings" to ensure best output for these effects. If you're doing a photo-quality print on a 36" x 48" poster, and leave the raster effects settings at default 72 DPI - you may see tiny squares in your drop shadows, as opposed to a smooth shadow.

 

Which program do you recommend for best quality output?

 

While it is not mandatory, we prefer Adobe formats (such as PDF) - if you're using a program outside of Adobe, it will have to be exported from whichever program is being used as one of the following file types - PDF, JPG, or TIF - prior to uploading.

 

How do I store my banner for later use? Is there any maintenance or cleaning required?

 

When you are done displaying your banner - in order to maximize your future usage, you must keep it clean, dry, and in a dry cool place while it is not in use. Your outdoor vinyl banner will probably get pretty dirty from all the elements during it's time being displayed. The best method of cleaning your outdoor vinyl banner is to lay it flat (if possible) on a clean area, table or floor. It is recommended that you use a mild dishwashing liquid and luke warm water to rinse. Do not use any harsh abrasive or petroleum type cleaners. Clean and dry each side before storing. You must ensure it is completely dry prior to roll up and storage. Any wetness left on the banner will cause mildew and may ruin some of your banner over time.
Once your banner is completely dry - roll it up with the image outward - to avoid any cracking of the printed side. Do not roll your banner super tight or super loose - this will allow for some breathing room while it is stored. Place your banner back in box and store it flat, not vertical. If it is standing up vertically, it may wilt and warp causing wrinkles over time.

 

What is the best way to clean smudges or dirt off my banner or yard signs?

 

For areas covered with ink it is recommended to use soap and warm water. For non-ink areas it is recommended to use a household ammonia based window cleaner or similar. It is always a good idea to test in a non-conspicuous area to test to make sure your cleaner will not melt or otherwise harm your banner or yard sign. Grand4mat suggests using your best judgement when using cleaning products as Grand4mat will not reprint or replace any banner or yard sign damaged by improper cleaning techniques.

 

Designing borders on banners and yard signs.

 

Borders are an issue because all substrates will vary from batch to batch making exact cuts very difficult. We recommend that you do not design your file with a border. If you do will not reprint an order with borders of varying widths. If you absolutely must have a border make it at least 2 inches in thickness, however we still don't recommend borders.

 

Problems with overprint

 

Primarily used to intentionally overlap inks for a number of reasons, overprint can cause unexpected results. We suggest that you turn all overprint objects off before submitting your files.

 

How to get rich black

 

Rich black is an ink mixture of solid black, 100% K, with additional CMY ink values. This results in a darker tone than black ink alone. If you print black alone as 100% K, the resulting black may not be as dark as you might like. We recommend using
C 60 M 40 Y 40 K 100
This will give you a deep, dark, rich black.

 

How to get a grayscale image in a CMYK document.

 

Grayscale images that are converted to CMYK will have a color shift in the final print. That shift may be green or yellow. Always check the CMYK values of your grayscale in the final CMYK document. If there are other values other then K in your grayscale image, there is a chance that the color will vary.
To eliminate all values other then K, use your Channel Mixer (adjustment layer) in Photoshop, then click "Monochrome" and adjust accordingly.

 

Color issues when setting up files for Coroplast, Foamboard, or Magnet Substrates

 

Coroplast - Due to the nature of Coroplast, most of your light colors and/or pastels are more susceptible to streaks, fingerprints, smudges, and smears. Cyan and Light Cyan are often an issue as the ink does not penetrate the substrate heavy enough to cover some of these smudges or fingerprints. When setting up your files, try to avoid large areas of solid light colors and gradients. If you must have a large area of solid color, try to keep your T.A.C. (Total Area Coverage) above 150 if possible. This means that when you add up all of the CMYK values, your total will add up to 150(%) out of a full 400% build. i.e. Rich Black T.A.C. is 240% C-60 M-40 Y-40 K-100.

 

Foamboard - Foamboard does not have as many issues as Coroplast, but on occasion smudges and fingerprints do happen. We still recommend you maintain your T.A.C. to be 150% and above. Foamboard is somewhat pourous when compared to Coroplast and Magnets, on most light colors you might see a more absorbed look when printing with Foamboard. Additionally, the Foamboard is not as bright white as the Coroplast or Magnets, visibly it is a couple points lower on the brightness scale.
Magnets - Magnetic substrate is especially prone to fingerprints and scratches. If you follow the T.A.C. as mentioned above in the Coroplast portion of this FAQ, you should be fine.

 

Transparancy Issues

Transparency is likely to cause problems with a printed file if it is not flattened. Outline fonts and ensure that your file is in CMYK mode for best results.


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