How To Setup Artwork For Large Format Printing

Preparing Artwork > Signs & Banners
Quick 1 Line FAQ: Most Preferred format is: PSD (Photoshop) format, with all layers flattened to 1 layer or PDF File. 
At 150 dpi or more at the final size. Continue to read for more details...

In order to provide the best print quality for your custom vinyl banner, we recommend you follow the design file guidelines as mentioned below:

General Guides for all file types:

  1. Set canvas size (image size) to real sign size in inches. Example - if you creating 3'x5' vinyl banner, set your canvas size to 36" inches by 60" inches.
  2. Set Color Mode to CMYK (or RGB if CMYK is unavailable).
  3. Do not include bleeds.
  4. Include background color in your file.
  5. Set file resolution to 150 dpi if the viewing distance is more than 3 ft. For close viewing set the file resolution to atleast 200dpi and above.
  6. If your file size is smaller than 100% the resolution must increase accordingly. For example: If the original file size is 10" x 20" and the final print size is 30” x 60”, your original file resolution should be at 450 dpi (150dpi x 3, as the original file is 3 times that of the final print size) so that when it is enlarged to the finished size the resolution will be 150 dpi.
  7. If you are working with vector images (programs like Adobe Illustrator & Macromedia Freehand) resolution is not an issue unless you have placed photographs into your document. Then the No. 6 guidelines will apply

Software specific instructions:

Illustrator:

Convert all text to outlines. Expand all Fills and Stokes. Save as PDF file.

Photoshop:

Flatten the image. Make sure your file contains only 1 final background layer. Save as PSD file.

Corel Products:

Native Corel files can not be processed or printed. You must save your Corel file as PDF or EPS or high resolution (150dpi or greater) TIFF or JPEG

Microsoft Word:

Try to avoid using Word to setup the banner. They usually are troublesome and can not be printed. If Word file is all what you have, add a border proportional to your sign size and make your design inside that border only. When uploading your Word file, include all Fonts used in the files in upload.

Publisher:

Native Publisher files can not be processed or printed. You must save your Publisher file as PDF or high resolution (150dpi or greater) TIFF or JPEG.

Power Point:

Native Power Point files can not be processed or printed. You must save your Power Point file as PDF or high resolution (150dpi or greater) TIFF or JPEG.

PDF files:

Convert all text to outlines. Expand all fills and strokes.

EPS files:

Convert all text to outlines. Expand all fills and strokes.

AI files:

Convert all text to outlines. Expand all Fills and Stokes.

JPEG files:

Make sure your JPEG is set to 150dpi at full sign size in inches. As a general rule JPEG files less than 1mb in size can not be printed. Do not compress or optimize your JPEG, save at 100% quality.

TIFF files:

Make sure your TIFF is set to 150dpi at full sign size in inches. As a general rule TIFF files less than 1mb in size can not be printed. Do not compress or optimize your TIFF, save at 100% quality.