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Make sure your artwork follows the guidelines listed below.

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Artwork Guidelines


Vector is Preferred

It’s important that we receive your artwork in the right kind of file format. Vector Graphics are the promotional products industry standard. Vector file formats include .eps, .ai, .pdf, and .svg. They allow us to resize the image as much as we like without any pixelation.

Raster graphics are more common on the web and home computers. Raster file formats include .jpg, .bmp, .gif, .png, and .psd. Resizing a raster graphic can make the image grainy or pixelated.

raster vs. vector image


  • All text should be converted to outlines or curves.

  • Keep in mind all text on writing products (pens, pencils, stylus) should be at least 6pt font size.

  • Keep in mind all text on any bag products (tote bag, plastic bag, backpack, etc.) should be at least 12pt font size.


For more specific tips and recommendations related to the product you are ordering, please view the Product Specific Artwork Requirements for that item.

Choosing Colors

Color is a crucial part of any brand and we understand how important it is to get your colors right. Generally, you have two options for your imprint: Choosing from stock ink colors or using the PMS color chart  to get an exact match.

We offer a wide variety of stock ink colors to choose from. Often, very close matches can be achieved with stock ink. When art involves unusual colors, or when your brand requires an exact color, we use the Pantone Matching System to match a color to your specifications. 

Note that PMS colors are different from CMYK or RGB colors. CMYK is a way of describing the color as a mixture of cyan, magenta, yellow, and black; RGB expresses the color as a mixture of red, green, and blue. If you give us a CMYK or RGB color, we can choose the closest PMS color possible, but it may not be exact.

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