Artwork Specs

With 40 years of combined experience, I-Graphics’ Prepress Department has the knowledge and know-how to be your expert link between design and print production.

Acceptable Art File Formats:

  • Adobe Illustrator – up to latest version – .ai file format preferred
  • Adobe Photoshop – up to latest version – .psd file format preferred
  • Adobe InDesign – up to latest version – .indd file format preferred
  • Quark – saved to version 4.0 or PDF
  • Freehand – saved as PDF
  • Microsoft – Please contact us to discuss best file format

Art File Preparation:

  • Convert All Fonts to Outlines
  • Include Native Links or Embed
  • Minimum Raster Image Resolution of 300dpi
  • 1/16 in. Bleed Outside the Dieline

Art File Delivery:

  • Email Files to – 20mb or less
  • FTP Server – 2gb or less
  • CD, DVD, or Thumb Drive

Tips in setting up your artwork files:

Request A Dieline –
To ensure proper art placement within the art dieline we suggest requesting a dieline template from our Prepress Department.

Sending Live Type –
We encourage customers to send art files with fonts converted to outlines.  But in some circumstances it can beneficial for us to have an art copy with live fonts especially for quick in-house revisions. Please supply this file in addition to the outlined file and include all fonts used.

Registration Marks –
It is not necessary to include registration marks in your artwork files.

Positive and Reverse Type –
Industry standards suggest a minimum positive type of 4pt and a minimum reverse type of 6pt. With minimum positive rules of .004″ and minimum reverse rules of .008″.  We understand that when creating small label art that sometimes this is not a reasonable design feat. We suggest that you submit your art as you see fit.  We will let you know if there is any type that could use editing.

A good rule of thumb would be to just don’t make it unreasonably small and recognize that the smaller you get the less legible it will be on your final printed product.

Designing with Vignettes –
Flexographic printing has come a long way, still a troublesome area is the fade to 0%.  Just be aware that you will actually be able to see the drop to 0% on your final printed piece.  We would suggest only going to 1% and bleeding that outside of the dieline or carrying it through from wall to wall of an object.

Overprint and Trap –
Leave the trapping and overprint to us.  If the art design has an overprint as a design feature, use the transparency multiply blending mode instead of overprint. Trapping is essential for any printed piece.  We know our equipment and it’s tolerances better than anybody else. We will implement the necessary trap.

Rich Black –
Most of the time it is not necessary to use a rich black in your art design. Crisp clean print usually outweighs the need for deep bold black.  Supply your art using only 100% black, we can determine the use of rich black and when it can be used to improve the overall look of your printed piece.

Supplying Clean Art –
We encourage our customers to supply art that is properly prepped for prepress use. Good clean art should; be free of unused text boxes, have had hidden layers deleted, have consistent use of spot colors, not be flattened, have text converted to outlines, not use rich black, use raster files at 300dpi or higher, not use overprints, and be free of any crop or printer marks.