Artwork Workflow

2018-06-22

Artwork Workflow
  • Step 1: You will get the template for the item and you will work on it.
  • Step 2: Transfer the finised artwork to us.
  • Step 3: We will send the final printing file or the virtual sample which is made by 3D software to you to confirm.
  • Step 4: We process the PP sample or mass production directly.


Tips:

1. Text: Convert all text to "outlines" before sending artwork.

Please note: It is very important to convert all text to "outlines" before sending the artwork. If we don't have some fonts in your artwork on our computer, the artwork will not be shown corretly.
Re-sending a large file is not a pleasure matter. So it is necessary to check if all the texts are changed to outline before transfer the file. Some very professional designer often ignore this matter.
If you don't want to convert the fonts to outline to retain the easy for editability of the texts, it is a good choice to send the fonts for PC to us.


How to convert text to outlines?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_KQ7sHZzCSg
http://www.graphic-design-employment.com/adobe-illustrator-how-to-convert.html
http://indesignsecrets.com/converting-text-to-outlines-the-right-way-updated.php


2. Linked files: tranfer all linked files or embed them into the artwork.

Please note:
If whe linked files are lost, the artwork can not be shown correctly on our computer.


https://helpx.adobe.com/illustrator/using/importing-artwork-files.html


3. Color and DPI: CMYK type, all raster art must be 350 DPI at imprint size, or higher.

Please note:
1. By Photosshop adding some pixcels can't improve the photos' real quality, you have to look for real clear and quality images.
2. If you use RGB color type to deal with images, adding some lightness and sharping are better, due to change them to CMYK color type, they will lose some lightness and color details.
3. If there are some spot colors on your artwork, please mark them by PANTONE * C. Only PMS(Pantone Matching System) is surpported at the largest arrange in China. And please only use C system, eg. PANTONE 186C for the red.
Please don't use U system, eg. PANTONE 186U. Due to the U only suit for some special block colors and uncoated paper which is not regular.
Regarding the limited for spot color: less than 2C spot color is preferred. If you have already used CMYK, more spot colors means high cost and maybe exceed the printing machine limited.


4. Logo, vector foramt is preferred

What is vector format?
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vector_graphics


5. Preferred File Format and Version: AI CS5 or lower.
  • Adobe Illustrator CS5 or lower (.AI / .EPS)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS5 or lower (.PSD / .EPS)
  • Please note: If your version is higher than CS5, please save as CS5 version. Same artwork maybe not same on different version.
    If you use Photoshop as the platform, please retain the layered original file and editability, don't combine the layers.

6. Artwork Transmission: by www.wetransfer.com is preferred.

It is easy and free. Of course, by your FTP system, or drops, or google drivers is available too


7. Other Acceptable File Formats:
  • JPEG 350 DPI, CMYK
  • GIF 350 DPI, CMYK
  • PSD 350 DPI, CMYK, with transparent background
  • PDF 350 DPI, CMYK
  • TIFF 350 DPI, CMYK, with preserved transparency
  • EPS CMYK

8. If the above is not easy to understand, please forget and ignore them, and enjoy your designing, we will help you to get a final approved printing file.

 

PS: What is Die Cutting?

https://www.cutcutcraft.com/die-cutting/