Upload Your Own Artwork

If you are knowledgeable about printing and artwork, follow these guidelines for maximum quality:

For a basic overview the artwork is best supplied as follows

Banner - PDF, half size, 250dpi flattened.

Sticker PDF or EPS format, 250dpi flattened

For more in-depth information please read below.

 

1. Accepted File Types

Discount Banner Printing prints your artwork / design at the highest resolutions possible, because of this, Vector Based .PDF design files are recommend. Most Major Design applications can generate a print ready PDF, by using the Save As Feature and selecting"Adobe PDF" in the Save Type. If you are unable to obtain PDF files for your design, the next best files are those in .EPS or .AI (in version 10 or higher) with all text converted to outlines. We can also print high resolution .TIF, and .JPG formats, but please be aware that using low resolution JPEG's could cause quality issues.

8. Resolution & Setup size

We recommend that all images used are setup at 150dpi and sent at half size (50%) 300dpi. Submitting files with a lower resolution than 150dpi at full size can make the image appear pixilated and blurry, when looked at closely. It is acceptable to use lower resolution images on large signs as most will be viewed from a distance, just be aware that close up they will appear pixilated.

2. Quality

When uploading an image or photo, it is important to remember that the higher the quality of the image, the better it is going to look when printed. Some images of low quality may look blurry or pixilated, depending on the dimensions of your signage. When looking at an image, and trying to decide if it is high resolution, zoom in to 100-200%. This will give you an idea of what the image will look like when printed to fit your sign size.

5. Bleed

All files need to be built to the final trim size banners do not need a bleed but we do require bleed for stickers of around 6 – 7 mm (0.25") each side larger than the product size that you are purchasing if the sticker is not supplied with a bleed we will add one.

Example: If your design dimensions are 12”x24” for a sticker or window graphic, your overall dimension with bleed should be 12.5”x24.5”.

 

6. Crop Marks

we do not require crop marks on banners or stickers.


7. Fonts/Text

If working out of vector based software such as Illustrator, InDesign, or Freehand, all text must be converted to outlines before generating the final PDF file. If working out of Photoshop please flatten the artwork and save out as a PDF, this will maintain all font data. Also, please make sure that you are not using a font size smaller than 7pt.

9. Color

We print in four color CMYK. We recommend that all submitted files be saved in CMYK to ensure color accuracy. ALL submitted RGB files will be converted to CMYK before printing. Please keep this in mind when submitting files for print as color tone shifting may happen if file is submitted in RGB.

 

CMYK Color

CMYK (short for cyan, magenta, yellow, and black), Often referred to as process color or four color. The CMYK color model is a subtractive model, mainly used in color printing, also used to describe the printing process itself. Though it varies by print house, press operator, press manufacturer and press run, ink is typically applied in the order of the abbreviation.

RGB Color

The RGB color model is an additive color model in which red, green, and blue light are added together in various ways to reproduce a broad array of colors. The name of the model comes from the initials of the three additive primary colors, red, green, and blue. Typical RGB input devices are color TV and video cameras, image scanners, and digital cameras. Therefore, when you view your proof on the monitor, please be aware of the final print color will be slightly different.

Pantone Color

The Pantone Color Matching System is largely a standardized color reproduction system. Pantone colors are described by their allocated number (typically referred to as, for example, 'PMS 130'). There is a special subset of Pantone colors that can be reproduced using CMYK. Those that are possible to simulate through the CMYK process are labeled as such within the company's guidelines. Discount Banner Printing does not print Pantone Spot colors. All Pantone colors are converted to CMYK process by using the CMYK values embedded in your design file. Pantone colors can have different CMYK values in various applications and files so please check your CMYK values carefully if you are looking to have your sign printed in specific color. As a general rule of thumb, do not use Pantone colors. Convert all Pantones to CMYK to get the results you expect. Please click the blue link for the

Convert Pantone Color

11. File upload time and size

Our online up-loader can take a while if the file or image is on the upper limit of our 50MB size limit, depending on your internet speed. If you have a file bigger than 50MB, or if you experience longer upload times, please contact us here