Though we can print just about any high-res file you throw at us, we prefer vector graphics, generally saved as .ai and .eps. Or sometimes a PDF but that depends on the artwork. If you are submitting a Raster file (generally .psd, .jpg, .png, etc) please note the “RASTER” section. We use ADOBE CC products. If you are using COREL products, or freeware (GIMP / INKSCAPE), please export as one of the above file types.
GENERAL ART FILE TIPS:
Expand / Outline your fonts, or include the font file you’ve used in your artwork
This keeps us from having to find the font or bug you for it. Font problems delay a good amount of our orders, so tell your designer this is important! Here’s a quick tutorial on outlining fonts from STICKERGIANT: https://youtu.be/dz6P94HoZnc . If you’re in PSD, simply right click your text layer (in your layer panel) and select “Rasterize Layer.”
Send us the biggest, unmerged file you have
Whether you’re working in raster or vector, The more we have to work with, the better your print will come out. Try to work in layers, and avoid flattening (psd) or merging(ai) your final designs, even if you think that’ll help.
VECTOR TIPS (.ai, .eps, .svg, .pdf)
Avoid clipping masks
Clipping masks use a ton of system resources, and compatibility is a nightmare when importing from previous versions of Illustrator. Try getting to know the Pathfinder tool.
Avoid raster embeds
Embedding raster graphics (whether textures or otherwise) in illustrator files does NOT turn these files into vectors, and in such, keeps the images subject to their initial resolution. Try the Live Trace tool if you’re looking to convert rasters to vectors.
RASTER TIPS (.psd, .jpg, .png, .gif)
Avoid upscaling low-resolution graphics
Raster files need to be CREATED in 300dpi or they are generally too low of quality to print reliably. This does not mean to use Image Size to upscale your image; it means a different, larger file is needed.
Our max print size is 18” wide by infinite height (but don’t get crazy)
Have all fonts and type outlined/expanded, give us all the info that you have to help us make the best product for you at a reasonable time frame.
We cannot guarantee printability for stickers under 3”x3” in size or type under 12pt or stroke under 1pt. that’s PT, not PX. Artwork that gets too small and too complex will look muddied and will not contour cut complex outlines effectively.
We are happy to rebuild your art files to ensure a great print. Any graphics that DO NOT meet the minimum requirement will be discussed and offered a rebuild. All fees will be discussed prior to rebuild.
If you have any additional questions, feel free to email us your questions plus a tasteful kitty gif to firstname.lastname@example.org
When creating a new file in photoshop, set your DPI to 300, and your image size to your desired final size (plus an inch or two for framing) in inches.
After setting this, don’t use the Image Size tool unless you’re going resizing smaller. This solves 90% of the print problems we encounter with raster files!
Design on a transparent background.
Another big problem that pops up are PSD designs flattened onto the ‘Background’ layer. To avoid this, set the background color to “transparent” in the “New File” dialog.
Working in layers allows us to quickly separate your file, and find errors that could lead to costly printing problems.