Art & Imprinting
For most promotional items, vectorized artwork (illustrator .eps, .ai or .pdf) is preferred for optimal printing. Please be sure to convert all text to outlines/paths prior to sending us your artwork files.
If you don't have one of the file types mentioned above, please feel free to send us what you have. We offer free file coversions and image clean up (available for most files) when you place an order with us.
How to get us your artwork:
You can upload your artwork when placing an order on our website or you can also send your artwork file separately to firstname.lastname@example.org. Must include your order number with the art.
Detailed descriptions of some common decoration terms:
Set Up Costs: Most orders have an associated set up cost which is required to set up the printing screens or plates for an order. There is usually a single, separate set up cost per imprint color. Usually there is just 1 set up cost per order. However if your imprint will have 2 colors for example, there would be 2 set up charges...3 colors would incur 3 set up charges, etc.
Pantone Matching System (PMS): a book of standardized color in a fan format used to identify, match and communicate colors in order to produce accurate color matches in printing. Each color has a coded number indicating instructions for mixing inks to achieve that color. For promotional products, we require Pantone color numbers that end with a letter "C" which indicates that it is a coated Pantone color rather than uncoated (or "U" color numbers).
Bleeds: printers cannot print right to the edge of a paper sheet. To create that effect, the printer must use a sheet, which is larger than the document size. Then the printer prints beyond the edge of the document size (usually 1/8"), then cuts the paper down to the document size.
Imprint Area: the area on a product, with specific dimensions, in which the imprint is placed.
Proof: A digital proof is provided for approval of the artwork layout (size and position) on an item prior to production.
Pre-production Proof: an actual physical sample of the product itself produced and sent for approval before an order goes into production.
Drop Shipment fee: an order shipped to more than one location will be charged a fee for each additional destination.
Less than Minimum Fee: the fee charged for ordering fewer items than the quantity listed in the minimum or first column. This option is not always available on all products.
Personalization: imprinting an item with a person's name using one of several methods such as mechanical engraving, laser engraving, hot stamping, debossing, sublimation, or screen printing, to name a few.