INDUSTRY STANDARD

ARTWORK GUIDELINES

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ARTWORK GUIDELINES

ACCEPTABLE FILE FORMATS

  • Illustrator CC current version or below
  • Photoshop CC current version or below

High Quality PDF – Preferred VECTOR format
TIFF – preferred RASTER format

High quality, editable PDF’s, Illustrator and Photoshop files are preferred, as they are more suitable for large format printing as well as our pre-flight software. Art time will be charged if files need to be fixed or altered to meet guidelines, so we urge our clients to take advantage of our many graphic templates as they are already set up to the correct dimensions and include information such as obstructions, bleeds, fold and stitch lines. Graphic templates can be downloaded from each products order page at http://www.tradeshow.plus.

When sending files, please be sure to include all support art (fonts, linked images, etc.).

Do NOT include printer marks such as crop marks and print registration marks in your print ready files.

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. We also cannot guarantee color output of these effects without hard proofs.

ELECTRONIC E-PROOFS

All orders will receive e-proofs for approval. All e-proofs must be approved prior to an order entering production. E-proofs are provided to the customer for approval of art placement and to checking spelling only. They cannot be used to judge color output or special effect. Customers concerned about color output and special effects printing should order hard proofs.

HARD PROOFS

Hard proofs are mini prints of your art files. These proofs can include a small to-scale section of your art file to judge final resolution or graphic effects. The proof is printed on the same press using the same material as the finished product. The proof is ship overnight for your approval. While at and added cost and production time hard proofs are the only way you can judge color output and special effects to be acceptable. Hard proof cost is $100.00 per file and will add 3-5 days to your order.

PREVIOUS PRINT MATCHING

Feel free to submit catalogs, brochures, printed proofs, etc. to use as a color reference. Art files will need to be layers so color adjustments can be made. This can be a time intensive process and will accrue art charges. Please contact customer service to make arrangements to send us your materials.

USE OF SPECIAL GRAPHIC EFFECTS

Illustrator and other graphic program special effects such as glows, transparencies or drop shadows sometimes have unpredictable results when printing. We cannot guarantee output of these effects. We suggest flattening graphics that have these effects.

PMS COLOR MATCHING

If Pantone colors need to be matched please specify on your order. All critical Pantone colors must be plugged into 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.

FONT SPECIFICATIONS

Fonts must be converted to outlines. If fonts are not created to outlines, please provide TruType fonts. If changes need to be made in the file, please provide the fonts and a version of the file with editable type.

CMYK COLOR

Please provide all files, in CMYK format for the most accurate color output. Any file submitted in RGB will be converted to CMYK prior to printing.

RESOLUTION

For optimal print quality 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 converted to outlines for all cut vinyl. Please specify Avery color number for solid color vinyl or PMS color for dsg and cut vinyl.

MURALS & 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.

PRINTING GUARANTEE

We guarantee all printing against printer malfunction and manufacturing error. We guarantee color matching on all orders with approved hard proofs. Orders without approved hard proofs are NOT guaranteed for color and will not be reprinted free of charge . We cannot guarantee output of special effect of any kind to include special effects applied to critical colors.

BLEED SPECIFICATIONS

All graphics produced require specific bleeds. Below is a general outline for the required bleeds. Please use our artwork templates as they have bleed requirements built in.

MURAL UV POPUP GRAPHICS

1/2” bleed around the perimeter.

COLLAPSIBLE FABRIC DISPLAYS

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

TENSION FABRIC BACKWALLS

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

EXTRUSION FRAME BANNERS & BACKWALLS

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

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 fabric will require an extra 1” bleed around the perimeter.

FABRIC HANGING STRUCTURES

5” bleed around the perimeter.

CUSTOM DYE SUB FLAG GRAPHICS

2” bleed around the perimeter.

ORBITAL EXPRESS TRUSS UV GRAPHICS

1/2” bleed around the perimeter.

ORBITAL EXPRESS TRUSS DYE SUB GRAPHICS

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.

OUTDOOR TENT CANOPIES, TENT WALLS & UMBRELLAS

1/2” bleed around the perimeter.

SUBMITTING ARTWORK FILES

FILE SIZE

Please submit art files no more than 1GB in size.

DIRECT UPLOAD

Files can be uploaded using the link at the top of our website or go to:  www.ppehandbook.com/art-upload

INDIRECT UPLOAD

Files are accepted via File Transfer site such as WeTransfer or Hightail. Email the download link to upload@ppehandbook.com and include the company name and order number.

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CONTACT INFORMATION

TradeShowPlus Inc
7445 W Azure Dr Ste 140
Las Vegas, Nevada 89130

800-419-3561

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