Helpful Tips:

Do not use small or low resolution images. They will not print clearly. This includes most images copied off of the internet.

Keep text, images, and logos 2 inches away from the edge.

Our recommended viewing mode for "ready-to-print" files is 'Print Size', or 'Actual Size'. If images or text appear pixilated or blurry on your screen, they will print blurry and pixilated too.

Set up your file at the full size of your desired sign/banner/sticker.

Larger sizes are acceptable. We can always shrink your design, but it
is much harder to enlarge it and ensure it will print clearly.

File Setup Instructions

General File Setup Recommendations:

  1. Set canvas/page size/image size to the full size of the desired sign in inches. Do not include a bleed area. If you creating 3'x8' vinyl banner, then set your canvas size to 36 inches x 96 inches.

  2. Resolution: Minimum of 150 dpi.

  3. Color Mode: CMYK.

  4. Background should be a color in your file, please do not send a transparent file.

Recommendations by Software:

Photoshop
Flatten the image.
Make sure your file contains only 1 layer.
Save as a PDF, JPEG, TIFF or PSD file.

Illustrator
Convert all text to outlines.
Expand all fills and stokes.
Save as a PDF file.

Corel Design

Save your Corel file as a high resolution (150dpi or

greater) TIFF, PDF, EPS or JPEG.
Corel files (CDR, CPT) cannot be processed or printed.

Publisher
Save your Publisher file as a PDF or high resolution

(150dpi or greater) TIFF or JPEG.
Publisher files cannot be processed or printed.

PowerPoint

Save your PowerPoint file as a PDF or high resolution (150dpi or greater) TIFF or JPEG.

PowerPoint files cannot be processed or printed. 

PowerPoint files are best used for smaller sign types.

Most PPT files are 8"x11" in size, and do not always enlarge well when used for banners or larger signs.

Word

Please try to avoid sending Word files, they usually cannot be printed.

Most Office products limit the artwork/page size making it less suitable to design a sign.

Try converting your file to a high resolution PDF or TIFF and we will check it out.

Recommendations by File Type:

TIFF Files:
Set the resolution to a minimum of 150dpi at full sign size in inches.
Flatten the file before saving it at 100% quality. Do not compress or optimize the file. As a general rule TIFF files less than 1MB in size do not print well.

JPEG Files:
Set the resolution to a minimum of 150dpi at full sign size in inches.
Save it at 100% quality.
As a general rule JPEG files less than 1MB in size do not print well.

EPS Files:
Convert all text to outlines.
Expand all fills and strokes.

PDF Files:
Convert all text to outlines.
Expand all fills and strokes.
All PDF's should be single-page files.

PSD Files:
Set the resolution to a minimum of 150dpi at full sign size in inches.
Flatten the file before saving it at 100% quality.
Do not compress or optimize the file.
As a general rule PSD files less than 1MB in size do not print well.

AI Files:
Convert all text to outlines.
Expand all fills and stokes.

Two Austin Locations:

 

Lakeway - 1909 Ranch Road 620 South 78734  (across from the new HEB!)  512.263.7446

Westlake - 2814 Bee Cave Road  78746 (1/2 Mile from MoPac)  

512.328.7266

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