At What Size Should My Image Be Set Up?
Your file may be set up at any size as long as it is to scale 1:1 with the final image size. Please indicate crop marks. To eliminate jagged edges on vector art, the Graphics Department suggests you design your Illustrator files at 300 dpi/ 300 in attributes for full size. Please don't forget 1/8"of bleed on all four sides ( See Design Template).
What Colors Can I Use In My Layout?
Indicate color matches by specifying a PMS color that you would like to have matched.
What Do I Do About Fonts?
To avoid any problems with fonts, include all fonts all the time. PC and MAC fonts are not compatible! Therefore when working in a MAC format, the Graphics Department requests that you convert all fonts into outlines. The Graphics Department may end up having to substitute fonts if the font is not supplied. Supplying PC fonts is strongly recommended. Due to slight variations in fonts (kerning, baseline, etc) substituting fonts may slightly change the layout.
Can I Use Transparencies And Shadow Features In Illustrator?
Illustrator has some features that work unpredictably with the Graphics Departmentís large format rip systems. Although some of these features are great for web design, they increase the probability that what is produced is not what the designer intended. Shadows are a problem and the Graphics Department recommends these be achieved through PhotoShop. PhotoShop has some great new features which work wonderfully. Not only do some of these features in Illustrator increase turnaround time, but images are produced with unexpected results. Illustrator also includes new color management features that do not work. Adobe is aware of all the frustrations that are being experienced. The Graphics Department recommends you do not use these features in Illustrator. Sending files created in Illustrator that do not contain either mentioned feature, is acceptable.
What Do I Need To Send If I Have A Placed Image In My Document?
If your Illustrator document has placed images (logos and/or photos) in it, make sure that the original logo file or photo file is included on the disk. The Graphics Department does not recommend using embedded images (an image that has been placed into Illustrator but is not linked to the original file), as we have no way of knowing whether or not the original image is of high enough quality. Please provide a low resolution .pdf for placement.
How Should I Save My File?
Save your document as a regular Illustrator file. There is no need to save it as an EPS. Although saving an Illustrator file as an EPS does not affect the Graphic Departmentís ability to use it, it does make the file larger than is needed.
What Else Do I Need To Send?
Please make sure your files contain both the screen and the printer fonts. Along with your artwork files, also send a copy of all files that the Graphics Department will be producing, a printout of the contents of the artwork files, marking the files that will be used, and high resolution photos, if using a low resolution photo that is placed for position only.