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Supplying Artwork

Supply ArtworkAll artwork files should be compiled and contain all necessary fonts, images and files pertaining to the artwork. In many graphics programs there is commonly found a feature referred to as "collect for output". This feature stores all of the pertinent files into a folder that can easily be emailed as an attachment and will contain everything that is needed for the file.

In Macromedia Freehand - "Collect for output" is found in the file menu about half way down. You need to convert the fonts to curves or outlines as this allows us to open the files without any issues regarding fonts. When you do this the fonts effectively become a graphic instead of being a letter or number. Do this by selecting Convert to Paths found under the type menu usually at the bottom of the menu. Compress the file using winzip or dropstuff to protect it in transit.

In Adobe Illustrator - Under file menu select "SAVE AS" and save as a standard file (.ai). You need to convert the fonts to curves or outlines as this allows us to open files without an issue regarding fonts. When you do this, the fonts effectively become a graphic instead of being a letter or number. Do this by selecting " CREATE OUTLINES" found under the type menu usually at the bottom.

Please note: Adobe Illustrator 8 EPS file is considered the INDUSTRY STANDARD for supplying artwork.

In Corel Draw - You should "EXPORT" a corel document and select Version 8 in the save as menu found under the file menu at the top of the page. In addition it is always suggested that you also save as an .ai file in case there is compatibility problems with the corel file. This can be done by selecting File-Save As and selecting the format menu where you will find Adobe Illustrator. You need to convert the fonts to curves or outlines as this allows us to open the files without any issue regarding fonts. When you do this, the fonts effectively become a graphic instead of being a letter or number. "CONVERT TO CURVES" found under the ARRANGE menu. Please note: Corel Draw is not the industry standard. Also, there have been layering issues with some versions of Corel, so you must inspect your proof carefully.

Other Applications - Most Programs have an export feature or a save as feature that will allow you to save the file as an EPS or TIFF file. Other programs that are acceptable include but are not limited to: Quark Express, Adobe Indesign, Adobe Photoshop, Macromedia Freehand, Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, and many other applications.

Please avoid Powerpoint and word processor type documents. Microsoft Publisher files are "NOT ACCEPTABLE" as there currently is no file conversion utility for this type.

Specifications:

  • Bleeds on flat applications i.e.. magnets - min. 1/16"
     
  • Resolution for supplied pictures minimum 300 dpi and on line work 600 dpi. We recommend that the image be twice as large as the intended print. We will reduce it to size.
     
  • Fonts must be included, or converted to outlines or curves.
     
  • Pantone numbers must be supplied, however are only used as a guide. If absolute/exact pantone is required, a hard copy of your graphic showing this color must be provided as even pantone charts vary from one to the next. These charts are only guides and when special calibration and mixing is required to meet your color, this may be subject to a charge.

Emailing Files - to protect your file, it should be compressed with a utility such as winzip, or dropstuff to protect it in transit. Files can be emailed to sales@coasterpromo.com , and will be confirmed when received.