Artwork Submission Requirements
Here's what you need to know before you send us your logo/artwork
If you have your logo/artwork in one of the following formats then you should be good to go.
- .CDR - CorelDraw
- .AI - Adobe Illustrator
- .SVG - Standard Vector Format
- .EPS - Encapsulated PostScript
If you can't find a file in one of these formats with one of these file extensions then please read on. It'll be fun. It's educational.
Engraving is different than printing, and because of that we need a different file type than most logo files you may have worked with.For engraving we need high resolution, and ideally, we need a solid black line Vector file. Vector file types are images composed of connecting lines, points, curves, and shapes. These are the file types allow us to scale a logo properly while retaining an extremely crisp line - which is exactly what we need to engrave your logo in glass, crystal, wood, or metal.
Acceptable file formats
- .CDR, (CorelDraw), .AI (Adobe Illustrator), .EPS, .SVG, .PDF vector artwork that has all the text converted to curves or outlines. Adobe Illustrator files should not contain any imported images with an active link.
- TIFF, BMP, JPG, PNG or other Raster images that are black and white camera-ready artwork. Below you will find a more detailed explanation of camera-ready artwork.
Resolution of Non-Vector Art
- Most of our processes require a minimum of 300 dpi resolution.
- Graphics designed for use on the internet will typically not work for engraving as they are usally 72 or 96 DPI.
Color Art (for sublimation)
- If specific color matches are required, you will need to provide Pantone numbers to identify each color. There are additional charges for Pantone matching services.
- We cannot guarantee exact color matches, but we can come darn close.
If you don't have the file type we need
No worries. We can convert your low-resolution files to the file type we need. Sometimes it is a simple conversion, and sometimes we must completely redraw your logo. The charge to do this varies with the materials you send us, but typical conversions cost between $50-$150 for us to rework. We'll review your materials and provide you with an estimate for the work. This charge will only apply to the first order. Once provided we will maintain your camera-ready art for all future orders. Generally, we'll need two-three days additional for the conversion.
Definition of “Camera-Ready”
- Camera-Ready Art is ready for production with no additional changes necessary. This includes:
- Vector file format or a bitmap/raster image that Is sized accordingly. If the artwork is not in vector format, read on.
- Convert text to curves/paths. This ensures the layout will not change with slight variations in typefaces between computers.
- Lists of names can be submitted in a Word or Excel format.
- Logos are best sent in Vector format. The universal file format for this is referred to as an EPS. Some programs can output PDF files which can be used.
- Scanned Logos require higher resolutions to maintain sharp lines and text. Therefore 600 DPI is the suggested resolution. A typical format is a Bitmap or Black and White.
- Photographs and some logos can be sent in a TIF format. This format is typically from image scanners. Scanned images are best done in an Expert mode where the resolution and size of the scan are easily controlled.
- Photographs should be enlarged or reduced to the final size and 200 to 300 Dots Per Inch, DPI. If the photograph is to be printed in Full color, then the color setting is needed. Black & White photos should be converted to a grayscale format before being sent.