THE PRACTICAL : Print Tips & Guidelines For Submitting Your Artwork

Not sure how to prepare your files for production? Take a look at the following artwork submission guidelines to learn how to properly prepare your files for printing with us at CerebrumMG. — GCW

HOW TO SEND US YOUR FILES

When providing your artwork, please format your final files as a PDF, Ai, or EPS.

DOES YOUR ARTWORK EXCEED 10MB?

Files up to 10MB can be sent by e-mail.

If your artwork exceeds 10 MB, you can send us your files via WeTransfer; which is a website that allows you to upload & send large file sizes. If the scenario calls for it, your account manager will provide an email address to deliver your uploads.

// A note for long term clients only

We provide our long-term clients with a DropBox folder for uploading their production files. This will serve as a your inventory folder giving you the ability to easily place orders for your on-going projects.

FILES CREATED WITH ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD:

Illustrator, Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat from CS4 will be accepted

TEXT: Convert text to outlines and please ensure to supply us with all fonts required for your project.

IMAGES: Convert images to CMYK (no RGB images please) and include all linked images.

FINISHED DIMENSIONS: Set document/page size to your desired final dimension.

BLEED: Images that bleed off the edge must include at least 0.5” to 1” of bleed. If you are looking to print on canvas, we recommend adding a 2.5-inch bleed for wrapping on wooden bars.

RESOLUTION:

  1. Extra large graphics (Over 25ft x 10ft) approx. 75 dpi at finished size.
  2. Large graphics (25ft x 10ft) approx. 100 dpi at finished size.
  3. Medium graphics (15ft x 8ft) approx. 150 dpi at finished size
  4. Canvas graphics approx. 300 dpi at finished size.

FILES CREATED OUTSIDE OF ADOBE CREATIVE CLOUD:

Corel Draw, Freehand, QuarkXpress, etc…

FORMAT: Export to PDF.

TEXT: Convert all text to outlines.

COLOUR: Use CMYK colours. If you send your files as RGB colours it will result in a colour shift.

FINISHED SIZE: Create artwork to size (including bleed if needed).

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES:

COMPUTER CUT GRAPHICS: All files need to be vector line art with solid colours only.

CUT-TO-SHAPE GRAPHICS: Files require separate cutlines as stroked paths on a separate layer for accurate cutting.

CAUTIONS (Heads up!)

CEREBRUM MARKETING GROUP WILL NOT ACCEPT LOW RESOLUTION JPG, PDF, GIF OR BMP FILES.
File sizes of a few hundred kilobytes (KB) do not print very well, even at small dimensions. Re-scaling low resolution files to larger resolutions will not improve the print quality.
If colour matching is critical for your project, we require a printed colour target for accurate colour reproduction.

If you have any more questions regarding the above, let me know!

Thanks for your time. Have a great day!

GCW

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