Art Guidelines

Artwork is considered "ready" when it can be used for prepress and printing without the need for adjustments that may possibly incur added fees or result in delays. When submitting digital art files to SoCal Imprints, please refer to the below guidelines. If you have any questions call us at 949-244-9817.


Vector Art Requirements

Vector artwork files must be saved up to Adobe Illustrator®  or CorelDraw® . All text fields must be converted to curves or outlines to prevent font substitutions. Include a proof of your design with color designations to confirm that no font substitutions have occurred. All objects must have at least a 1 pt line thickness to guarantee proper print quality. If the vector file contains any placed raster images, these images must meet or exceed our requirements for resolution when rendered at 100% of the final imprint size. Also, they must be submitted with the original vector file.


Raster art requirements

We will accept raster artwork files saved in a .TIF, Encapsulated Post Script (.eps) format, or an Adobe Photoshop® Document (.psd) . For our purposes, all raster elements and art files must be saved at 100% of the final print size with a resolution of at least 300 ppi (pixels per inch).


Preferred applications

We will accept files saved in Adobe Illustrator® , and Corel Draw®, providing that all text is converted to curves or outlines. We will also accept files saved in Adobe Photoshop®  at 100% of final print size with a resolution of at least 300 ppi. Jpegs are most often useless but can be replicated for use in screen-printing at an hourly art fee.


Font information

For vector art, text must be converted to paths, curves, or outlines. The text then becomes an object and can no longer be edited as text. Be sure to include a paper proof composite with color call-outs or a. tiff or .jpg thumbnail to ensure no font substitution has taken place.


Line thickness

All design elements should contain a line thickness of at least 1pt. Failure to assign a 1 pt line thickness to all objects may compromise the final imprint quality.


Spot colors

Please specify color via PMS spot color designations. Due to hardware and software color calibration considerations, this will allow the best color matching possible.


Media

We will accept DVDs, PC formatted disks, Compact Discs, 3.5” diskettes (MAC 1.4MB only), or Iomega Zip disks 100MB & 250 MB. If you have zipped files larger than 10MB please forward via conventional mail, priority delivery service.


E-mail

When sending art via e-mail, send to nikki@socalimprints.com  and attach your zipped file to an e-mail with a detailed account of who you are and what you would like us to do with the attachment(s). If you have zipped files larger than 10MB please forward via conventional mail, priority delivery service.


Proofs

When creating designs for our customers, proofs are a way of assuring that we have set your type correctly and that all of the design elements are placed according to your requirements. A proof will be sent to you online or printed on paper that can be approved at our office or delivered to you. We do not start on your project until you have signed off on a proof.
When artwork has previously been created, proofs are used to ensure that the artwork we have received is the same as artwork the customer wants to be imprinted. Artwork should never be submitted without either a hard copy proof or an electronic .tif or .gif file.
Please call 949-244-9817 or email nikki@socalimprints.com with any questions you may have regarding digital art.
Thank You!

 

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