ARTWORK SPECIFICATIONS for DESIGN CENTRE
We accept a variety of digital art formats for either spot or 4-color process designs. If you have questions
about your art, we’ll be happy to review it for imprinting compatibility on our products. All artwork must be
pre-approved for final production. For all formats, please include a hard copy printout, or PDF proof, with
colors indicated. Should we be required to adjust your artwork to be compatible with our printing capabilities,
art charges may apply. You will be provided a price quote prior to any art services being performed.
We are Macintosh OS X based. PC files must have fonts converted to curves, paths, or outlines, and be saved or
exported to a Mac compatible format.
ART PLACEMENT AND SIZING
As it is the most visual component of your project, create your art to the size it will be printed. We can help you
get started by providing a product template that will aid you with design and layout. All art is placed and sized
proportionately per bag blueprints and as specified on the purchase order.
E-mail: Send files to firstname.lastname@example.org. *50 MB limit. Please insert your P.O. number and company name in the
subject field. Also include a digital copy (PDF or JPEG) of your design so we can confirm the integrity of your electronic
submission. We suggest that you compress (zip or stuff) your file or folder for transmission efficiency and protection from
*If your file size is too large to email, please contact us to determine the best way to electronically send your files to us.
Media: Macintosh compatible CD, DVD, or Flash Drive, labeled with your PO, company name, and contact information. Please
include a printout of your art for proofing purposes along with your disk. On orders with multiple spot-colors, please
indicate color breaks on your printout.
PROGRAMS & FORMATS WE ACCEPT
*ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS5 and lower—Our Preferred Program
Save as native Illustrator .ai file, or Illustrator Default PDF with the Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities box
*Please convert all fonts to outlines/paths/curves.
ADOBE PHOTOSHOP CS5 and lower
PSD, TIFF, EPS, or JPEG formats in CMYK color, high quality, 300 ppi or higher resolution, and at the size to be printed.
Any other file formats are not acceptable and may delay production.
ADOBE INDESIGN CS4 OR CS5 MACINTOSH VERSION ONLY
Please be sure to PACKAGE the file and include all fonts and links. Please do not use any third party plug-ins—if they are
used, we will be unable to process your art.
Export as an Illustrator .ai file choosing the highest Illustrator version available from your menu, or save as Corel 10 .cdr.
*Please convert all fonts to outlines/paths/curves.
UNACCEPTABLE PROGRAMS & FORMATS:
Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, Excel, any Office programs from other vendors, website images, faxes, copies of faxes,
photocopies, film negatives or positives, slides, low resolution (less than 600 dpi) laser printed artwork, letterhead,
business cards, napkins, actual imprinted or embroidered products.
PREPARING YOUR ART
For artwork using multiple spot-colors, please allow for approximate press movement between colors as follows:
Plastic bags: 0.0625" (1/16 inch)
Paper bags: 0.125" (1/8 inch)
All art is placed and sized proportionately per bag blueprints and as specified on the purchase order.
VECTOR ART IS ALWAYS PREFERRED
Vector images can be resized without any loss of quality. If we need to change the size of your artwork it will not
become blurry or pixelated. Vector artwork is drawn in programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. Please note
that placing or importing photographs, bitmap, or raster images into a drawing program does not convert it into vector
artwork. If a placed/imported Photoshop-type image (EPS,TIFF, JPEG, or PSD) is necessary, the original file should be
included and be pre-approved by BAG MAKERS.
HIGHER RESOLUTION IS ALWAYS BETTER
If you are not using vector artwork, then higher resolution means higher quality. Photographs, or any artwork created in
programs such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel Photo-Paint, are raster (or bitmap) images. The resolution at which they are
created will determine their quality. We recommend these types of images be created at a 300 dpi minimum and to the
largest size they will be printed. Enlarging raster or bitmap images will degrade their print quality to a possibly
Positive prints: 10 point fonts and 1 point lines.
Reverse prints: Varies by design and bag material—fonts and line widths need to be reviewed by us for best results.
Plan to use larger point sizes than those used in positive prints. Thin serif font styles are not recommended.
PLEASE CONVERT YOUR FONTS to outlines/paths/curves within your program. If we do not have the exact font you used,
the text in your art will "default" to a less attractive font changing the look of your design. Converting your fonts
to outlines, paths, or curves, eliminates this hazard by changing your fonts into vector shapes. This ensures that your
artwork will print exactly how you expect it to look.
If you choose not to convert your fonts to outlines, please send us the font you used. We use Macintosh computers,
so please send only Macintosh compatible or Open-Type fonts. We maintain a large library of fonts, but with the thousands
of fonts and versions available, it is very possible that we do not have the font and version you used. We adhere to all
font software licensing parameters and guarantee your font will only be used f or the printing of your job.
For best results, artwork containing halftones must be pre-approved. Halftones are printed with a 45-55 line screen.
Color percentages for art containing halftones should not be less than 20% or greater than 60%. Areas less than 20% may
not print and areas greater than 60% may fill-in and become a solid color. Designs that contain gradients or blends may
need factory pre-press alterations for optimum print quality and will require a final, signed proof approval. Halftones
are not recommended for Silkscreen imprinting.