Artwork specifications

ACCEPTABLE FILE FORMATS:

  • High quality PDF (preferred) 
  • Illustrator CC or below 
  • Photoshop CC or below 
  • InDesign CC or below (not preferred) 

High quality, editable PDF’s, Illustrator, and Photoshop files are preferred, as they are more suitable for large format printing. Art time will be charged if files need to be fixed or altered to meet guidelines. When sending files, please be sure to include all support art (fonts, linked images, etc.). 

Please note that Illustrator special effects such as glows, transparencies or drop shadows are not recommended. These effects sometimes have unpredictable results when printing. Photoshop is preferred when using such special effects. 


FONT SPECIFICATIONS: 

Fonts must be converted to outlines. If fonts are not created to outlines, please provide Macintosh or TruType fonts. If changes need to be made in the file, please provide the fonts and a version of the file with editable type. If color matching to existing graphics, we will need those back to review. Please contact your sales representative for a case number. 


COLOR SPECIFICATIONS:

Please provide all vector files (Illustrator & InDesign) in CMYK format. Please supply all raster artwork (Photoshop files, jpgs, tiffs) in RGB format for the most accurate color output. Please provide a hard copy proof of the files being printed for color accuracy and a PDF layout for file layout accuracy. 

If Pantone colors need to be matched, please specify on purchase order or hard copy reference. All critical Pantone colors need to be called out in the file as solid coated swatches. If multiple Pantone swatches are used in the file, all will be matched to solid coated unless otherwise specified. 

If color matching to existing graphics, we will need those back to review. Please contact your sales representative for a case number.

Please feel free to submit catalogs, brochures, printed proofs, etc. to use as a color reference. Please provide a layered file for Photoshop files if color matching is required. Art time may be charged to correct flattened Photoshop files. 

We guarantee color matching on all hard copy proofs, specified Pantone colors and client-supplied hard copy proofs. Orders without indication of Pantone colors, supplied proofs or requested hard copy proofs are NOT guaranteed for color.


FTP SITE GUIDELINES:

We provide an FTP site to upload files quickly and at no additional cost. The site can be accessed through a web browser or an FTP software such as FETCH. Please read below for detailed instructions. 

1. Please place all art files in a folder. Please name the folder by client name and purchase order number. 

2. Compress files using software such as WinZip or Stut. All compressed files must be under 500MB. 

3. Access the FTP by web browser or FTP software. 


WEB BROWSER:                     FTP SOFTWARE:

Address: http://www.handbookart.com         Address: ftp.handbookart.com 

no user ID                                         no user ID 

no password                                 no password

choose the anonymous login option 

4. When your upload is complete, please place the order with your sales representative and include any critical file information. 


RESOLUTION:

All raster files (either print files or linked files) must be at 100-120 pixels per inch at 100%. 


VINYL CUT GRAPHICS:

Artwork must be set up as a vector file with fonts created to outlines for all cut vinyl. Please specify every color number for solid color vinyl or PMS color for adhesive back and cut vinyl. 


MURALS AND POPUP GRAPHICS:

Popup mural files must be built as one file. Please note where panel breaks are located and try to minimize the amount of type that crosses over the panel breaks. 


SUBMITTING ARTWORK FILES: 

Files are accepted via Email (up to 10MB), FTP site, DVD and CD or File Transfer site such as WeTransfer or Hightail. 

Files can be uploaded to: www.handbookart.com 

Please reference the FTP site guidelines for more information. 


BLEED SPECIFICATIONS 

All graphics produced require specific bleeds. Below is a general outline for the required bleeds. 


MURAL POPUP FILES: 

1/2” bleed around the perimeter.


COLLAPSIBLE FABRIC DISPLAYS, TENSION FABRIC BACKWALLS AND EXTRUSION FRAME BANNERS AND BACKWALLS:

Please keep all logos, type, and critical information at least 2” in from the visual edge of the graphic.


FABRIC STRUCTURES:

5” bleed around the perimeter. 


BANNER STAND GRAPHICS:

Each product has specific bleed requirements. Please refer to the graphic template for specific information. Different printing processes may require different bleeds. All banner stand graphics printed on Resilience will require an extra 1” bleed around the perimeter. 


CUSTOM DYE SUB FLAG GRAPHICS:

2” bleed left & right sides, 

4” bleed at the top & bottom. 


ORBITAL EXPRESS™ TRUSS GRAPHICS - UV:

1/2” bleed around the perimeter


ORBITAL EXPRESS™ TRUSS GRAPHICS - DYE SUB:

2” bleed around the perimeter


CUSTOM CONTOUR CUT UV GRAPHICS:

1/2” bleed around the perimeter. 


CUSTOM DYE SUB GRAPHICS: 

2” bleed around the perimeter. 


CUSTOM DYE SUB GRAPHICS EXCEEDING 160”:

5” bleed around the perimeter.