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Artwork Guidelines

 

Please provide clean vector art. All colors must be Pantone Matching System (PMS) or spot colors, not CMYK or RGB. Please include a composite printout with disks (cd or dvd) and a composite jpeg with e-mailed files to ensure artwork has not been corrupted. Please take note of the slot or hole placement so that artwork does not interfere. Templates can be found on our website. www.dixiline.com/pages/templates. Upload artwork directly through our website at www.dixiline.com/upload.

Vector art is an editable contour line drawing or typeset copy usually created in a professional graphic program such as Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, or Freehand. The artwork remains crisp and clear when enlarged or reduced. Raster art or bitmaps (jpeg, gif and bmp) become pixelated when enlarged or used for printing. See illustration below:

 

 

Our preferred graphic program is CorelDRAW (13) or Illustrator CS4 (14), but Freehand MX and QuarkXpress 4.0 are also accepted. If available, please send files in their native format (gradient fills can be corrupted when exported as .eps or .pdf files). However, .pdf and .eps files are often useable. Uncommon fonts must be converted to curves or outlines.

Please include P.O. # or design description in the file name when e-mailing artwork. It will help us locate your art.

Please specify Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors or sport colors, not CMYK or RGB colors. Although not guaranteed, we will try to match PMS colors as closely as possible.

When a requested background color is unavailable, we will reverse-out, which means printing a product with a particular color up to the embossed border ( 1/4” from the edge of plate). See John Easttom plate on page 2. Borders of plates and signs are always embossed whether painted or not. This ensures rigidity and durability.

 

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Acceptable file formats are tif (preferred), pdf, and jpeg with a minimum resolution of 300 dpi. A black and white vector file must also be supplied illustrating embossing detail. If your design requires a die-cut shape or is printed to the edge of the plate or sign, please include a 1/4“ bleed to image supplied for cut area. Pantone matches will be made as close as possible with CMYK colors.

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