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How to have “Print Ready” Images

Today we are going to explain what we mean by “print ready” artwork, and how you can prep your images so they look their best for your button order.

 

What types of files do we accept?

Our graphics department accepts many types of image files, but like everyone they have their favorites!

 

Best:

Files in these formats are the best to send, as they are the easiest to work with:

.psd (Photoshop)

.ai (Illustrator)

.indd (InDesign)

.pdf

.eps

Good:

Images must be 300 dpi to print clearly!:

.jpg

.png

.tiff

 

For more information on how pixel density can affect print quality, check out this post by the University of Michigan’s Library: http://guides.lib.umich.edu/c.php?g=282942&p=1885350

 

What color mode should your image be in?

Digital images can exist in two different color modes, depending on how you want to show them off! The first is RGB, and is what television sets, computer monitors, and phone screens use to show you images.

 

We here at Everyone Loves Buttons® use a 4-color process for printing your orders that requires the CMYK color mode to ensure the colors you submit are the colors that print!

 

If you create images in document programs like Microsoft Word or PowerPoint, it is likely the color mode is not correct for printing. Always double check the color space and convert!

 

What do we mean by “Print Ready”?

This means that:

  1. The color mode is set to CMYK
  2. The file type can support layers
  3. The design is placed into our button template
  4. The design and our template are placed on separate layers
  5. The image has a resolution of at least 300 dpi
  6. All your images are embedded into the file you send us

 

It is very important that your image and our template are on separate layers. Please do not flatten the layer with our template onto your image.

 

If you are using a specialty font in your image, please outline the text so that we can access your design without error messages.

 

What if I can’t meet all the requirements for “Print Ready”?

Don’t worry! Our $29 Art Fee gives you access to our super talented design team that can help you every step of the way. Our team can create almost any design you can think of. From simple designs, to photo manipulations and beyond, they can accomplish any challenge given to them. Our Art Fee also gives you unlimited revisions, ensuring you are 100% satisfied with your design, every time!

 

So what are you waiting for? Order your own custom buttons today!


Sources:

“What is Resolution?”. Research Guides at University of Michigan Library. 6 June 2018. https://guides.lib.umich.edu/c.php?g=282942&p=1885350