ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS

Any art that requires "touch up" work, redrawing, color separating, etc. will be billed at $100 (C) per hour. Customer will be notified in advance if art did not meet specifications and will incur a charge to correct. Note: Delivery schedule may change depending on the quality of the artwork submitted.


General


  • Art will be kept on file for 24 months from original order
  • Always include a hard copy of your artwork with your purchase order via fax, email or mail
  • Flat art and/or discs will not be returned unless a stamped, self-addressed envelope is provided
  • Art may be resized to best fit imprint area, unless otherwise indicated. If art cannot be resized, it should be clearly noted when submitting
  • Small symbols, such as ®, ©, ™, ℠ may not be legible when printed


Disk Types


Compact disks (CDR)


Electronic Art


  • Canadian Customers Art & PO: SHaight@DixonCanada.com
  • Emailed art will be acknowledged only if there is a problem with the art.
  • Software: Adobe Illustrator CS3 or earlier versions.
  • Art should be provided in Vector format (i.e. outlined or traced art CREATED using programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand or Corel Draw – NOT IMPORTED)
  • Art should be saved as an Adobe Illustrator (.ai) file, Encapsulated Postscript (.eps) file or PDF (.pdf) file
  • All fonts should be converted to outlines or curves (depending on program) for all formats, including PDF files
  • JPG, GIF and other low resolution files will not be accepted
  • Art should be Black and White only. Please indicate imprint color(s) on PO
  • Multi-color imprints require color separations for each color, with registration marks and color copy for reference
  • Halftones or gradients will not be accepted
  • Avoid placing, embedding, nesting, locking layers or importing files into your artwork
  • Check for thin lines & small text. All text should be 6 points or larger and lines should be at least .25 points or larger at 100% imprint size
  • Bitmap images can only be used if submitted as an original high-quality, high-resolution file saved as a Black and White TIFF (.tif) file with a 50% threshold and a minimum of 300 dpi (600 dpi preferred)


Camera Ready Art


  • Art must be Black and White "line art" with very clean, crisp lines that will be easy to scan and reproduce without clean-up
  • Halftones or gradients will not be accepted
  • Multi-color imprints require color separations for each color, with registration marks and a color copy for reference
  • Check for thin lines and small text. All text should be 6 points or larger and lines should be at least .25 points or larger at 100% imprint size
  • Art must be flat and no larger than 8" x 14"

Acceptable formats
PMT or STAT (photographic) paper, Laser prints on high quality smooth paper
600 dpi resolution or higher at 200% magnification

Not acceptable formats
Inkjet prints, faxes, copies of faxes, products with curved or rough surfaces (business cards,
letterhead)


Sm@rt Artwork Guidelines


  • Sm@rt Artwork Guidelines are a set of industry standards for artwork in the Promotional Products industry. We strongly support this program. To learn more, please consult the
    PPAI website at www.smart-artwork.org.
  • The codes used in this catalog are Sm@rt Code (pencils, crayon boxes, markers & highlighters) and Sm@rt Code (custom crayon boxes only)


Production Ready Artwork


The goal of the Production Ready Standards Advisory Committee, sponsored by ASI, is to create a universal process for the transfer of electronic artwork. A set of open standards
has been established that users of both CorelDRAW and Adobe Illustrator on Mac or Windows can use to preview and submit electronic art. For more information visit
www.productionreadyartwork.com