Artwork Guidelines

 

Acceptable Artwork Policies

Guidelines for Supplying Computer Generated Artwork

Important Information
When providing digital art these Guidelines MUST be followed in order to proceed:

  • Hard copy of the artwork is a must. This will enable us to be sure your file has opened correctly. If the art provided is to be used for engraving or glass etching, it must be Black and White Line Art. No grayscale or halftones are acceptable for those processes. If your art is to be imprinted in color on a name badge we must have a hard copy printout showing us the colors we are trying to match.

  • All digital artwork submitted MUST meet our artwork requirements shown below or your order may be delayed and additional artwork charges may be incurred. Art charges are $50.00 per hour.

  • Please contact our awards consultants to be sure your art will work.

Definitions

  • Platform - We are a PC based company. All Macintosh files must be provided in a PC compatible version.

  • Resolution - Our processes require a minimum of 300 dpi resolution. Graphics designed for use on the Internet are not acceptable

  • Hard Copy - It is REQUIRED that you provide a hard copy of the artwork and any special instructions with any digital file submitted. This may be faxed to 618-259-8107

  • Quality - Simply because the art file is in a digital format we can accept that does not mean it will be clean and useable. Faxed, scanned or art which has been reproduced numerous times will not improve and will not look its best without additional clean up efforts. We reserve the right to refuse any artwork that will not meet our standards of product quality when reproduced with our equipment and processes.

  • Black & White Line Art - This is our most preferred type of art. Black and white line art contains black and white lines only. No shades of gray or halftones can be used when this art format is requested.

  • Black & White Halftone Art - This art will contain shades of gray or halftones. Some of our processes will NOT reproduce this type of artwork without additional refinement.

  • Color Art - A composite proof and separated color plates are also beneficial. Please send the latest version of disk art and label each color by the exact Pantone number wanted. If your art is not separated when submitted, additional charges may be incurred.

  • Email - Naming protocol is important. Please do not name your artwork "logo". Instead please name the file using an easily identified label such as "festival logo". You may send your artwork to info@awardsbybudgetsigns.com

Programs

  • CorelDraw - Windows - .cdr - version 12.0 or lower; convert text to curves

  • Adobe Illustrator - Windows - .ai or .eps files - Save Graphics as Adobe Illus. 9.0 or lower and convert text to outline

  • Photoshop - Windows - .psd - version 7 or lower; maintain separate layers

  • Adobe PDF - .pdf - separate editable pdf include specific fonts if required

File Types

  • .jpg - only if in high resolution of at least 300 dpi at 200% desired size

  • .tif - only if in high resolution of at least 300 dpi at 200% desired size

  • .bmp - only if in high resolution of at least 300 dpi at 200% desired size

Unacceptable Formats
We are unable to achieve satisfactory results when graphics are submitted in the following formats:

  • Word - .doc format;

  • Excel - .xls format;

  • Web graphics - .gif or .jpg - Graphics designed for use on the World Wide Web are not acceptable because of the low resolution typically used.

Fonts

Convert all text to outlines or curves. Please be aware that once this is done the text in your artwork can no longer be edited. If editing is required you must include the Font (TrueType only) on the disk.

Colors
When assigning a color to art or text, please use a Pantone color. This will work for process or spot colors.

Accepted File Storage Media

  • PC formatted 3.5" diskettes

  • PC formatted CD ROM

  • PC formatted memory stick

  • Please keep in mind, following these guidelines will help us ensure the most desirable outcome for your award, sign, printed or engraved product.

 

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