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Plates Artwork Tips

FORMATS

Preferred

  • AI, EPS, PDF, SVG (Vector format)

Acceptable

  • PSD, PNG, JPG (Raster format)
    • These formats sometimes do not work, may take extra time for proofing and/or may incur additional charges.

Not Recommended

  • Word, Excel, Powerpoint, scanned images

RECOMMENDATIONS

  • Design your artwork in our Artwork Template gallery in the Product Details section for each item, or email [email protected] with the item number to request a specific template.
  • Have your fonts converted to Outlines in Adobe Illustrator or embedded in the image.
  • Minimum font size is 12 pts.
  • Minimum font size for reversed out text (light text on dark background) is 15 pts.
  • Minimum line thickness is 1 pt. (Can be checked in Adobe Illustrator, InDesign or other programs)

TIPS

  • Printing large blocks of ink with artwork reversed out is not recommended for plates.
  • Not Recommended
    Not Recommended Artwork
    Recommended
    Recommended Artwork

PRINTING PROCESS

  • Plates are imprinted via pad printing. The process involves printing the image onto a metal plate where ink is applied. A rubber stamp then picks up the ink in the shape of the image and stamps it onto the plates.