artwork guidelines

submitting artwork and

what we will need from you

At D8 Sign Group, we aim to make our processes regarding artwork guidelines as seamless as possible.  The following information will help explain what we need and why we need it, to ensure an overall great experience for our clients and customers. 

Art files designed as (.ai) (.eps) (.pdf) are preferred. Art files designed as (.bmp) (.jpg) (.psd) (.tif) are acceptable as long as they are designed at 100 DPI at 100% of the imprint size. Art files on the internet or web are generally NOT able to be used.

Realizing that you may not always be able to tell what resolution a logo/file is designed at. A general guideline to go by is the file size. If a logo/file is below 500 KB it is usually not acceptable. Ideally, files that are 700 KB or higher are the best because even if they are a lower resolution, they can be re-created.

*If you are unable to provide the above artwork, we can recreate your artwork at an hourly fee.

There are two types of art files we accept for printing:

Art is made up of lines and curves defined by mathematical objects called vectors. Therefore it can be scaled to any size without loss of quality.

  • .AI – Adobe Illustrator Document
  • .EPS – Encapsulated PostScript
  • .PDF – Portable Document Format

Art is created using a program like Adobe Photoshop or scanned art (such as a photographic image). A raster image consists of a grid, or bitmap of small squares called pixels. Raster images are set at a fixed resolution, and are not designed to be enlarged out of the realm they are designed in.

  • .TIFF – Tagged Image File Format – (Must be at least 100 DPI at 100% of the actual finished size)
  • .JPEG – Joint Photographic Experts Group – (Must be at least 100 DPI at 100% of the finished size)

Using an image from a website is not recommended. We cannot use highly compressed web images (such as .gif or .jpg). Their resolution is far too low to use.

The exceptions are files created in PowerPoint or Word; if you are using either of these programs you must convert your file to a PDF in order for us to print your job. 

When preparing your document, be sure all text and fonts are outlined or rendered as objects so embed fonts are not needed to view the file.  If you are preparing a document with a bleed, we recommend that you build your file with an extra 1/8 of an inch on each side. We do not offer refunds on printed materials, only replacements.

art, proofing and the

layout approval process

When approving a layout proof, by either a written signature, approval via email or approval over the phone.  You are approving all aspects of this layout are correct and that D8 Sign Group is not responsible for any errors in this layout.  Due to the nature of color reproduction, the colors on a layout proof may vary from the actual colors of the printed piece.  Because computer monitors vary, layout proofs can be used to help display layout, text accuracy, and image placement and proportion, and to give a fairly accurate interpretation of color or density.  Although we will make every effort to match colors and/or ink densities as shown on the proofs, we cannot guarantee exact matches.

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