ARTWORK REQUIREMENTS FOR CUT LETTERS, LOGOS OR GRAPHICS
We ask that all files be saved in the following formats (in order of preference).
VECTOR (LINE ART) FILE FORMATS:
Gerber OMEGA or Graphix Advantage Composer files (PLT, any version up to 2.61)
PC CorelDRAW files (CDR or CMX, any version up to 4X)
PC Adobe Acrobat Reader (Vectors – PDF, any version)
PC Adobe Illustrator (AI, CS2 or previous)
PC Encapsulated PostScript vector graphics (EPS, CS2 or previous)
The following formats can usually be opened, but may have significant limitations: Macromedia Freehand (FH), Corel/Micrografx Designer (DSF/DRW), Scalable Vector Graphics (SVG, SVGZ), WordPerfect (WPG, WP4, WP5, WPD), Macintosh PICT (PCT), Microsoft Word (DOC, DOT, MCW), Windows Metafile (WMF, EMF), Computer Graphics Metafile (CGM), Frame Vector Metafile (FMV)
AutoCAD (DXF, DWG, preferably version 14 or lower–very difficult for us to work with, but it’s a place to start)
RASTOR (BITMAP) FILE FORMATS:
We can open most bitmap formats (BMP, TIF, GIF, JPG, JPEG, PhotoShop, Photo-Paint), but their usability is quite limited.
Bitmaps may be used for printed sign elements, such as a full-color photo or pattern. In this case, the image should be large, and created at a high resolution.
Bitmaps are made up of a gridwork of square dots. When these files are expanded, the squares get larger, creating a jagged, “stair-stepped” image. Most logos that have been created in PhotoShop (or other similar program) are not of a high enough resolution to be used effectively on signage. For this reason, scanned and bitmapped images that have not been converted to lines, curves or paths will very often involve clean-up design fees.
Graphics created and used on web pages are almost always too small, and too crude to be used at all. Web graphics are typically 72 dots per inch, and far too coarse to be useable.
File formats include: BMP, CAL, CPT, FPX, GIF, JPG, JPEG, JP2, MAC, PCD, PCX, PNG, PPF, PP4, PP5, PSD, RIFF, SCT, TGA, TIF, TIFF, XCF, XPM, WI (and others).