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General Artwork Information

These samples are not an exact match.




Standard Imprint Colors For Boxes

Red, Blue, Green, Brown, Burgundy, Black, White, Gold and Silver..

PMS Color Match

For PMS color matches other than standard colors add $25(X). Box imprint can not be PMS color match.

Please provide black and white camera-ready vector artwork to size to avoid art charge. Halftone or screens should be no greater than 100 line screen. For simple typesetting add $20(V). Artwork which is not camera-ready will require art time and will be billed at $45(X) per hour. Reverse Art $25(Z). Clipart $20(V).


$10(V). (Required on all labels).

Preproduction Sample


All imprint sizes are located in the item description within the catalog.


Mac: Illustrator EPS, Photoshop EPS, Saved as .ai, .eps or .pdf ONLY with all text converted into outlines or curves.

Acceptable Types of Media:Zip Discs, 3 1/2" Floppies, Mac Compatible CD. Electronic Mail (e-mail) capability (See next page for details).

* Encapsulated PostScript

** Tagged Image File Format

Platform: Mac

Accepted Formats: EPS, TIFF

Programs we support: Adobe Illustrator 9.0 or lower

If documents include type, screen and printer fonts must be attached or be converted to outlines or curves. We can-not access PC fonts. (Please note that sometimes TrueType fonts will not print properly.)For documents in Illustrator or CorelDraw, all items should be converted to outlines or curves with CorelDraw files exported as EPS or AI files. Documents in Illustrator must have all EPS and/or TIFF files in the same folder or the same package to avoid confusion and make production possible. Documents in Photoshop should NOT be halftones (grayscale or CMYK) and resolution should not be lower than 600 dpi @ final size (1200 dpi preferred). Phone and fax numbers, as well as contact name(s), P.O. numbers and Item description should be included on e-mail messages in case we have any questions about art. Send only one file at a time and, if possible, use a compression utility to avoid corruption of files. Please fax with your P.O. a composite of your artwork to verify position & placement. We do not accept files in Powerpoint, Publisher, MS Word, and other word processing programs as well as low-resolution .jpg, .gif or .bmp. Any piece of art that has to be separated, typeset, spread, trapped, converted, or 'cleaned-up' in any way is NOT 'camera-ready' and the work required on our end is billable at the rate of $45/hr.

Following are the specs we require to avoid costs on incoming art:

1. Any type that "knocks out" (white or lighter letters) of a solid or reverse area should be at least 5 pt. type and sans serif so that it will not fill in on press. Any lines on graphics or logos should be at least 2 pts. in width for the same reason.

2. Any colors adjacent to each other need to "trap" or overlap for correct registration on press. Traps should be approximately .25pts. or 1/64". For colors printing next to black, traps can go up to 1/16 " .

3. Paper mechanicals should be on coated or photographic paper from a laser printer or stat camera to make sure image is crisp and does not have jagged edges.

4. Concerning halftones or art with screens:
a) Our maximum screen is 70 lpi.
b) Highlights cannot have less than a 20% dot throughout so that a "hard edge " will not result.
c) Darkest part of screen cannot be more than 50% color or it will fill in on press.
d) If at all possible, substitute washes (or lighter shades of PMS colors) for screens because they print better than screens.

5. If art is to bleed off the label, that bleed area (measuring 1/8" ) should be included on the art.

6. All mechanicals MUST be prepared with copy at least 1/8" from the die cut label area on all 4 sides.

7. Art with halftones/tints must be electronic (on disc) since they don' t scan cleanly.

Please Note: All images will be sized to the maximum imprint area of the item, unless the client specifies a requested size (ie. Actual Size, Enlarge or Reduce).

Actual Size: The artwork is the exact size the customer sent.

Maximum Imprint Area: The artwork will be enlarged or reduced proportionally to fit the imprint area.

Art Guidelines

The following guidelines may be helpful as you prepare electronic files to submit for reproduction. Our pre-press department works in a Macintosh environment. Please check your files carefully as we will not be held responsible for errors when files are not submitted in exact accordance with our specifications. Important! Please pay close attention to the shape of the item you choose, to avoid inappropriate cropping. Also, Please provide color matching materials before we pre-press your art. If your artwork is confined to strict corporate requirements (i.e. color), it is strongly recommended that you request a pre-production sample prior to full completion of your order.


Submit both layered and formatted CMYK Photoshop or Illustrator files. Do not flatten templates or dielines within your file. Doing this will result in an art charge. Add all artwork to NEW layers–DO NOT add your artwork to the same layer that the template dielines are on. Please do not send disc art in Microsoft Word or Excel format. Word processing and spreadsheet programs, such as these, do not work well in our pre-press environment. We cannot accept art created in Microsoft Publisher or slide creation programs such as PowerPoint.


Whenever the application permits, as in Adobe Illustrator, convert type to curves/outlines. Also, remember to outline fonts used in EPS files that are placed/linked in your document. If not included, fonts will be substituted and line breaks may change. If unable to convert fonts when sending files, please provide screen and printer fonts. For Windows based art it is preferable to convert all type to curves/outlines.

Graphics (linked images)

Images should be scanned at 600 dpi resolution and saved in CMYK or Grayscale TIFF format without embedded profiles. Convert all RGB files to CMYK. Graphics in EPS format are also acceptable. Digital camera photos or graphics taken from an internet web page should also adhere to these same specifications prior to placement in your document. Files with a resolution of 72ppi at print size will not produce an acceptable print


All Color in your disc art, including graphics and photos, should be in CMYK color space. Blacks should be built w/ values of 75% Cyan / 68% Magenta / 67% Yellow/ 90% Black to achieve a rich black when printed. Convert all PMS colors to CMYK. Exact PMS color match not available. If using white in imprint, please specify. Due to the different substrates (printed surfaces) that we print on and the varying printing processes, the artwork may appear to be inconsistent from one item to the next. We will make every attempt to color correct the artwork file to retain consistency, however limitations will exist.

E-mail Info

Phone and fax numbers, as well as contact name(s), P.O. numbers and Item description should be included on e-mail messages in case we have any questions about art. Send only one file at a time and, if possible, use a compression utility to avoid corruption of files. Please fax with your P.O. a composite of your Artwork to verify position & placement.

FTP Info

For large artwork files, we accept uploads via FTP (file transfer protocol) Use your FTP client to login anonymously and upload your files. Files are secured once they arrive. After you have successfully uploaded your artwork, please send an email to with your PO Number on the subject line and provide the name of the file that you have uploaded to our ftp site. We will match the artwork to your order.

Vector Artwork (acceptable, 600 dpi & up) Sample:


Rasterized Artwork (Unacceptable, under 600 dpi) Sample:


Scaling Artwork

Artwork that is received should only be exact size or scaled down if needed. All imprint sizes are located in the item description throughout the catalog and website.

Artwork should be as simple and clear. Below are examples of acceptable and unacceptable artwork.

UNACCEPTABLE: Vital information will be too small and illegible.

ACCEPTABLE: Artwork is clear and legible.