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Tips for Preparing and Submitting Art

When it comes to designing your custom label solution, your artwork is a critical part in achieving the look you need. Here are some tips to make sure your prepress process is both efficient and accurate:

Color: Depending on printing process, art can be submitted as process (CMYK) or spot PMS colors.

Text: All text needs to be converted to outlines to prevent character or font substitution. If you do not have this capability you must provide the fonts with your files.

Font Size: We recommend fonts to be 4pt. or larger for positive text printing and 5.5pt bold for reverse text printing. For sizes of 4 pt. to 7 pt. we recommend sans-serif fonts. There are cases where serif fonts can be used, as fonts vary widely. Consult our prepress department if you have any questions.

Rule Line: Rule lines should be no thinner than .35pt. for positive printing and .75 pt. for reverse printing.

Linked Graphics: If there are any graphics linked, please provide them separately.

Resolution: A minimum resolution of 300 dpi is required, since lower formats will result in poor quality reproduction.

Print Ready Format: Artwork should be provided in one of the following print ready formats: Adobe Illustrator (.ai), Adobe Portable Document File (.pdf), Encapsulated Postscript (.eps) or InDesign.

Reverse 4cp Art Files: Avoid process builds of less than 12 pt. As fonts vary widely, there are cases where less than 12 pt. will be acceptable. Material facestock and font selection play a critical role in whether a smaller font will print legibly. Please consult with your customer service representative for guidance if you need a smaller font.

Screens/Gradients: Screens may range from 100% to a minimum of 2%. Any values that run below 2% may not reproduce correctly and the quality of the printing will be compromised.

Bleeds: Elements that extend beyond the die line (bleeds) should extend a minimum of .0625” beyond the die line.

Image Area: All elements need to maintain a 1/16” margin inside the die line, unless it is an intentional bleed.

Contact us with any further questions!