Artwork Submission Guidelines for Nameplates and Trim

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Vector vs. bitmap graphic review for preferred file formats to produce aluminum and plastic nameplates and trim.

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Artwork Submission Guidelines for Nameplates and Trim

  1. 1. Artwork Submission Guidelines Northern Engraving | Nameplates & Trim
  2. 2. artwork files lay the foundation for production specifications
  3. 3. graphics fall within two basic categories: vector and bitmap
  4. 4. vector graphics individual lines and shapes – can be scaled or edited with precision.
  5. 5. bitmap graphics picture file made with small squares or pixels – cannot be scaled or edited with precision.
  6. 6. vector graphics select specific sections, change color of the fill, stroke the shape with a new line or change the shape itself.
  7. 7. vector graphics select specific sections, change color of the fill, stroke the shape with a new line or change the shape itself… with precision Before After
  8. 8. bitmap graphics simply a picture, basic change may be feasible in Photoshop, cannot change the shape itself
  9. 9. bitmap graphics simply a picture, basic change may be feasible in Photoshop, cannot change the shape itself Before After
  10. 10. vector graphics – maintain sharpness bitmap graphics – become distorted vector graphic enlarged 200% bitmap graphic enlarged 200%
  11. 11. Preferred Graphic File Type and Formats for Production Vector Format – File Type Encapsulated Postscript eps Adobe Illustrator ai Corel Draw cdr Files with text paths should be converted to outlines. If the text is not converted, all fonts will need to be included. Bitmap Format – File Type Adobe Photoshop psd Files should be high resolution 350-400 pixels per inch images, low resolution images do not print properly. Other Acceptable Formats – File Type AutoCAD dwg AutoCAD dxf Files with fonts should be changed to shapes. All graphics should be provided with no fills and all polylines closed. *TIFF, GIF, JPEG, BMP, PDF and Word document files are not acceptable production formats. They are not normally editable for printing. These are useful when sent as a reference or for quoting purposes.
  12. 12. Artwork File Checklist Review before submitting for best results and to minimize delays in production  Graphics in Vector format  Fonts included  Colors called out  Images are high resolution
  13. 13. Northern Engraving nameplates & decorative trim 1-608-269-6911 info@norcorp.com www.norcorp.com

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