We have a PC based prep area and use the Adobe CS3 collection. When sending a file electronically, be sure to outline all fonts and make sure all graphics are linked to the file correctly.
We accept the following files types:
LZW compression is known to cause images to become corrupt. The image may appear as a solid block or have thin lines running randomly through it. LZW compression is available when saving a TIFF file. By selecting None, you will avoid such complications.
A rastered image is one that is made up of pixels. The pixels give a photo a realistic representation of an image. A clean rastered image should never be enlarged more than 150% in order to maintain the integrity of the image. Usually rastor information is saved in these formats; TIFF, EPS, PSD, JPEG or PDF.
Vetor files are created in a drawing program such as Illustrator or Photoshop. Vector art can be enlarged to any size and maintain its readability. A vector image is usually saved as a PDF or EPS file format. A higher output resolution is required for these images. To do this go to Document Raster Effects Settings; under resolution enter 2400 dpi.
We recommend all 4-color or grayscale images to be at 300 dpi or greater, and bitmap or line art images to be at 600 dpi or greater. Always scan or size images to the correct size.
Refrain from pulling a logo/image off the Internet to use. Most images on the Internet are not only copyrighted but also 72 dpi, and will look fuzzy and reproduce poorly.
FYI: If it is necessary to send a hard copy of your art, please be sure to avoid screens (shading). When scanning a screen, if it is necessary to resize the graphic, it becomes distorted. Always avoid screens for artwork that will be reproduced as a foil design.