Our Printers are Only as Good as the Artwork
At Martin Sign our printers can only print as good as the artwork that we receive. So it is very important that the artwork be prepared in a way that allows our printers to print the highest quality. Here are the minimum requirements we need in order to execute on your web to print sign order.
There are many file formats out there in the world of graphic design. What formats are appropriate for printing signs? At Martin Sign we use Adobe Illustrator to layout and print signs. With Adobe Illustrator we can open file formats that are outlined or vector (see below)like:
If you have artwork that is made up of photos or is made out of pixils, the file formats that we can accept are:
When dealing with .ai files, if your artwork has any fonts in the file then you should outline the fonts. There are thousands of fonts in the world of graphic design and the chances of us having the exact same font as you is rare. If you give us a file where the fonts are not outlined then the artwork could change when we go to open the file. Always the change is a bad thing so to prevent this from happening you need to outline the fonts. Check out this great step by step or watch this video for help on how to outline fonts.
When submitting artwork to our web to print sign store you need to make sure that the size of your file is exact. Our uploader software will reject the files uploaded if they are not the same size as the size you selected. For vector or outlined images resolution doesn’t matter since everything is vector. So for vector images you only need the art board or art file to be the size you selected. For pixiled images however you need to make sure that art file is the exact size, but also you need to make sure that the resolution is a minimum of 100 dpi at full size. To check you art file in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop for size please check out these articles from Adobe Photoshop and Adobe Illustrator.