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Artwork Preparation Guidelines

If you are going to create your own artwork on your computer the following guidelines should be followed to achieve superior results for silkscreen printing on vinyl.

Computer Formats:

SimPro accepts artwork in PC formats in the following programs: (Macintosh formats not accepted)

Adobe Illustrator
Adobe PageMaker
Adobe Photoshop

Quick Note: Whenever possible your art should be emailed to us in a pdf *. We can provide the appropriate size template for your binder art layout.

For binders printed in more than 1 color please separate and send one pdf for each color ink required. Also, please provide us with a fax copy or composite PDF of the finished artwork layout to insure that we reproduce your copy just the way you intended it to look.

*PDF means Portable Document Format. The extension of the file is .pdf. This format was developed by Adobe ® Systems for ease of document sharing on the Internet and for easy printing of documents. It retains the original layout of the document when converted to a PDF file and is a very secure way of sharing and publishing information on the Internet.

Graphic files:

If you do not have any of the above programs and just have a logo that you want imprinted we can accept that in many different formats, however different formats can produce a wide variety of results.

The following is in order of best to worst to use for reproducing a quality screen-printed image:

Tiff or Tif- Tag Information file format - This is the best way to save a file for printing. The tiff format does not compress the image so it does have any losses when we go to print the file. This provides the best quality output.

EPS - Encapsulated Post Script – Most raster based (Photoshop) or vector based (Illustrator) programs allow for saving as an eps file. EPS files work very well for printing as long as you do not place an eps image in a file and then save that file as an eps. (Embedding eps files does not print).

JPG - Joint Photographics Experts Group (JPEG) compression economizes on the way data is stored and also identifies and discards "extra" data, that is, information beyond what the human eye can see. Because it discards data, the JPEG algorithm is referred to as "lossy." This means that once an image has been compressed and then decompressed, it will not be identical to the original image. Because of this problem we do not prefer using this format.

GIF - Graphics Interchange Format file - The GIF format is commonly used to pass documents between computers. This is a highly compressed format (using LZW compression) that is designed to minimize file transfer time over phone lines. GIF format only supports 8 bit color (256 different colors).  

When creating your artwork consider the following:

Halftones/Screen tints – Tints should be no less than 30% and no greater than 60%. If using halftones consider using French calf vinyl instead of suede. We do not recommend using large areas (over 3 square inches) of halftones due to imperfections of the screen printing process.

Film - If you are providing us with the film for screen printing please set screen output to 65 lines per inch and an angle of 22.5 degrees film positive right reading emulsion up.

Fonts - All fonts used in the document must be sent along with the job. Even though we have a huge library of fonts there may be minor difference between them. Please use postscript fonts if possible. If using CorelDraw or Illustrator there is an option of converting text to paths. We highly recommend using this option. It guarantees that what you see on the screen will be what prints out and no fonts need to be sent.

Font size/line size – Fonts should be no smaller than 8 point size. Line thickness should be no less than 1 point to avoid the line breaking up. Lines should not be spaced less than 2 points apart to keep the gap from filling in.

Templates – Templates for our most common size binders are available upon request and can be sent to you via e-mail. Templates are saved as PDF (Adobe acrobat reader required) as an eps file (Illustrator or Photoshop) or as a QuarkXpress document (qxd).

Traps – Traps allow two colors to touch or overlap each other without any gaps between the colors. The darker color must overlay the lighter color by 1 pt. 

Reverse Type – For reverse type try to avoid using Script or serif fonts. These tend to fill in and look smeared. Bold and Stout types work best.

Rivets – Artwork should avoid the rivets by at least 3/16”. Rivet size = 5/16” See appropriate binder size layout template for rivet placement.

Hard Copy – Whenever possible, please provide us with a fax copy or composite PDF of the finished artwork layout to insure that we reproduce your copy just the way you intended it to look.

We would like to discuss your needs personally either by email or phone.
Please contact us for more information.



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