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Often, customers have artwork they would like to submit for us to use on their signs. This article will explain how we need to receive that artwork to ensure the highest quality on your final product.
EPS, AI, JPEG. What's the difference?
EPS (Encapsulated Post Script File) and Illustrator (Adobe Illustrator File) are vector files, in other words, files composed of geometrical primitives and mathematical equations to form an image on the screen. JPEG, GIF, BMP, PNG, PSD (Adobe Photoshop File) among others are raster files; files composed of dots of color (pixels) on a grid. Vector graphics are resolution independent (can be blown up without losing quality) unlike raster graphics, which can only be printed at the original size and at a high resolution for optimal quality.
Vector graphics are suitable for vinyl graphics, since they can be plotted onto vinyl. Raster graphics must be printed, i.e., a picture, or they can also be vectorized, i.e., a logo done in Photoshop. Vectorization is the process of re-drawing a raster image in Illustrator to convert it to a vector. Vectorizing an image can be time consuming and additional charges of $25/hour will apply. However, once your logo is vectorized, it's yours to use as you wish. We will e-mail the file to you or burn it on a CD at no extra cost. We also keep a copy on our systems for future orders.
How do I submit my files to Signs Now?
Artwork can be sent via e-mail or brought to us on a CD. Vector files must be saved in Adobe Illustrator version CS3 or EPS format. We can also accept AutoCad (DWG), CorelDraw and PDF files. Please make sure that any fonts on this artwork have been outlined or font substitution may occur. Raster images should always be sent at a resolution of 72 dpi or higher. Image size should be as close as the finished size as possible and resolution should be adjusted accordingly. For example, a 4' x 8' image can be submitted at 300 dpi and at a size of 2' x 4'. This process can be frustrating and hard to understand sometimes, so feel free to contact us with any questions you may have.
My image needs to be vectorized and I have a low quality image. How do I send it?
Just send the best quality you have. We will contact you with any questions or concerns.