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BagTgasOnly is PC based; we do not accept or support MAC based files.

Vector or Raster Artwork

Confused about the difference between vector and raster artwork?  Vector art is made up of lines and curves. Fully vectored art allows manipulation by use of nodes (or points) which can be moved within the graphic (edges can be straightened, lines smoothed, etc). Specific pantone colors are easily assigned to different areas in your design. Application programs like Adobe Illustrator, Corel and Freehand are used to create vector art.

Raster art, on the other hand, is made up of series of dots or pixels and is based on applications like digital photography, Photoshop and scanning software. Raster images (no nodes and cannot be manipulated) are mostly for CMYK separations (4-color process / photo-like images).

Vector Artwork Preferred
Vector art is preferred for most files and ensures the best quality output for type and graphic elements and results in smaller file size with much sharper output quality. If any fonts have been used in the creation of the artwork, they must be converted to outlines (curves) before the artwork is sent (please note that we are a PC based shop and therefore can only accept PC based fonts).

Raster Art
All images should be scanned and created at 300 dpi (minimum) to the proper size of your layout. Stretching images to fit your art after they are scanned will lower the resolution and cause your job to print pixilated.

A black and white raster image will be acceptable for 1 color print-jobs only. Please check with one of our sales agents for printing capabilities. Remember images must be at 300 dpi or higher at actual size. Faxed artwork is not acceptable. Bad artwork with jagged lines, poor line width and definition will not reproduce any better than actual artwork. Art clean-up is an additional charge, so please send the sharpest black and white image possible.

Acceptable Raster File Extensions:
*.psd (layers are preferred, along with a flattened version for reference)
*.tif
*.bmp
*.eps (required for color match and duotones on non Vector artwork)
*.jpeg's & .gif's are great for the web, but not recommended for print output

Web Graphics
Artwork created for the web should not be used for printed work, because of the low resolution. Use of these images in your printed work will be pixilated or "jagged" , and the color quality will be poor.

Pantone (PMS) Colors
PMS stands for Pantone Matching System and is used for “color matching”. Pantone colors allow specific colors to be used or matched.   Please specify required PMS numbers on “color matched” artwork. Remember that colors incorrectly named or not called out may cause confusion and could result in delays or errors. If white prints as a color on your job, make a spot color called "Prints as White" to clearly indicate where the white should print).

CMYK Printing
CMYK represents 4 basic colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and Black), and is often called four-color process printing. CMYK printing allows for great color variation; however the final product colors may not be exact due to printing variances. In situations where exact color match is imperative, use PMS colors as described above.

Artwork Bleed
The term "bleed" refers to the image extending beyond the edges of your print area. As a general rule, a 1/8" bleed on all sides of the finished, composed art is required for art that extends to the finished edge of an item.

Adobe Illustrator
Convert all type to "outlines"; include all placed EPS or TIF files in the same directory;

Adobe Photoshop
Files must be saved as TIF, EPS or BMP formats, in CMYK mode, at minimum resolution of 300 dpi with print size set at 100%;.

Macromedia FreeHand
Convert all type to "curves"; include all placed EPS and/or TIF files in the same directory

Adobe Pagemaker
Send all fonts (screen & print) used in the document; include all EPS and/or TIF files used in the same directory.

Quark XPress
Send all files in PC based format.  Send all fonts (screen & print) used in the document ; include all EPS and/or TIF files used in the same directory.
   
Attention
Any artwork created on different operating systems must be converted to EPS, TIF or BMP format before submitted (we cannot perform this conversion). We DO NOT accept computer generated artwork in MS Word, MS Office, MS Publisher, PowerPoint unless we are re-creating the art. Our standard artwork fee of $95 per image will apply.

Acceptable Resolutions
It is extremely important that the proper resolution be used when submitting digital artwork. Low resolution graphics are commonly misused in print projects.  The minimum requirements for resolution in raster files are:

1200 DPI/PPI for monochrome
This resolution applies to images that are purely black and white. Images such as line graphs (shown left) fall in this category.

1200 DPI/PPI for Line Art

300 DPI/PPI for halftones (CMYK/Grayscale)
This resolution is for images containing pictures only. For example, an image not containing text labeling or thin lines (shown center)

600 DPI/PPI for combination halftones.
This resolution is for images containing pictures and text labeling and/or thin lines (shown right).

Scanned Images
Before placing images in programs like Illustrator, FreeHand, Canvas or CorelDRAW the images should be checked for the following:

All placed art should be in TIFF or EPS format
The resolution should be at least 300 dpi
The color mode of the TIFF/EPS should be either Monochrome (bitmap mode), Grayscale or CMYK. The CMYK mode is used for color figures and Grayscale/Monochrome for black & white.
Crop and size images properly before importing so that masking, scaling or rotating is not necessary while in the drawing program.
 
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