specific instructions for common image formats when sending files


  • Supply as JPEG, TIF, GIF, PSD, PDF, or EPS.
  • Image files need to be properly named for the transfer. For example, if you are sending a TIF file, it should be named something like MYPICTURE.TIF. Do not use characters like @ # $ % & ? { } ( ), etc. Always add the proper three-digit extension to your file (i.e., TIF, JPG, GIF, PSD, etc,); so we will know how to open your file.

  • Supply at 72 DPI, in RGB format.
  • Images should be already be sized at 100% or larger.
  • Image format should be one that Adobe PhotoShop on the Mac or PC can read/open.

  • Supply as 300-1200 DPI in CMYK as 100% or larger.
  • We can edit the color format for you, from RGB to CMYK, and vice versa, if necessary for the application of the images. There will be some color inaccuracies in switching between the two.
  • If you are trying to match a specific Pantone PMS, please supply us with that Pantone number and/or a hardcopy sample of the color (i.e., if you are having us design apparel artwork to match your business card ink, etc.)
  • Black and white line art should be supplied at at least 600 dpi, saved in a TIFF format.

  • For digital presentations, we accept the Open Office, Lotus Symphony formats, Microsoft PowerPoint (XP 98.2000,2002 compatibility option) or Lotus Freelance files.
  • We accept hardcopy photos. Remember that we can't make a fuzzy photo look as good as one originally in focus, so supply images that are clear (both digitally and hardcopy). In addition, photos on glossy paper do not scan as well as photos on matte paper.
  • Slides and other transparencies should be scanned on a scanner built for those media and sent to us digitally. If you do not have a scanner, we can handle the conversion for you with a business partner.
  • You can also create electronic files by using a digital camera, provided they meet the resolution requirements.