CMYK is our print process so it is
recommended to send in the art as CMYK
but will accept in RGB form.
PMS pantone color match is required,
please specify pantone colors in the
file and on the hard copy proof.
Convert fonts (type) to outlines
(Illustrator) or paths (Freehand) or
flatten image (Photoshop) or convert to
curves (Corel Draw). If the type needs
to be edited, include a copy of the font
suitcase (Mac) or the True Image font
(PC) with the file you submit to us.
Please provide scale of artwork & final
Should be scanned at no less than 300
dpi at 1/4 size of the final printed
Determining Scanner Resolution:
1) Multiply the specified finished
graphic dimension by the desired print
resolution to determine the TOTAL pixels
required for correct sizing.
2) Divide the total pixels by the input
dimensions to determine the scan PPI
setting to use on the scanner.
3) Set the scanner ppi (dpi) resolution.
Use the next higher resolution if the
scanner cannot be set to the exact
Printing Hints and Tips
If you have a lower resolution size, or
you “stretch” a small file into a larger
size, the image will print with jagged
edges and appear pixilated. Resolution
and size are different, but
proportional. For example, a 3”x3” size
image at 300dpi resolution when
stretched to a 6”x 6” image size, you
will have a new resolution of 150 dpi.
Even though the image size is larger,
the image will have a lower resolution.
NOTE: Once the resolution of a file is
reduced, the “removed” resolution cannot
What size do I start with and what
resolution do I use?
Knowing the final size of the printed
image is the most important thing. If
the final image is 10” x 10”, then make
your final image size 10”x10” at 300dpi.
If you are not exactly sure what the
final size is, then scan it larger with
more resolution. The size and resolution
can be reduced but it is impossible to
make it larger with sufficient
Can Internet images be used?
Images from the Internet or any kind of
web site are 72 dpi GIF, JPEG or PNG
files, which are not often reproduced,
in large format printing due to the poor
quality. Color and resolution are
removed from these images to allow rapid
transfer throughout the Internet. See
our Photoshop articles about improving
internet pictures and resampling, median
Photoshop tips and tricks we use to
enlarge low quality scanned images to
achieve better quality large printing.
I made my image 300 resolution but it
still looks pixilated, why?
One possible answer is, manually
changing the already set resolution to a
higher resolution. For example, if the
resolution was originally created at
72dpi, then entering a number of 300dpi
will make it pixilated. The original art
needs to be created at a higher
resolution for best print quality in
large format printing. You can also see
our other ezine articles to learn how to
increase low quality internet images,
jpeg files or other formats used in
printing pictures or photo graphics.
Making Images Larger
Enlarging images can be more
problematical. As explained above, when
you enlarge a pixel-based image--in
whatever application you use--you also
enlarge the pixels until you reach a
point when the pixels themselves become
visible to the naked eye. Although
making enlargements in your page layout
or drawing application is less demanding
on disk space and makes output faster,
you may notice loss of output quality if
you enlarge more than about 180%,
although the degree of quality loss
depends just as much on the halftone
screen ruling you will use. To minimize
loss of quality when enlarging an image,
you must "resample up".
that you read our articles on
increasing your picture size.
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