Artwork Preparation
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Artwork Preparation

1) Choose the Correct File Format: Vector versus Raster


What is Vector?

A vector image is composed of shapes and/or type created by movable points and segments that area either filled and/or outlined. This format allows the shapes to be scaled without loss of image quality.

When should you use Vector?

Vector files are better suited for text based images and/or shape based graphics such as company logos and non photo realistic graphics.


What is Raster?

A raster image is composed of coloured pixels arranged horizontally and vertically. This format allows the reproduction of photo based images.

When should you use Raster?

Raster files are better suited for full color or black and white photo realistic images with minimal to no text.

Raster files have to be at a high resolution:

The quality and detail of a raster image is based on it’s size and resolution. The resolution is the measure of horizontal and vertical pixels. The higher the resolution the more pixels the image has to reproduce detail and color.

2) Save Your Graphics into the Preferred File Formats:



.ai – Adobe Illustrator


.psd – Adobe Photoshop

.tif – Tagged Image File Format

.bmp – Windows Bitmap



.eps – Encapsulated Post Script
.svg – Scalable Vector Graphic


.jpg – Joint Photographic Experts Group

.gif – Graphics Interchange Format

.png – Portable Network Graphics

Vector and/or Raster

.pdf – Portable Document Format


.cdr – Corel Draw

.cpt – Corel Photo Paint

.pub – Windows Publisher

.ppt/.pptx – Windows Power Point

.doc/.docx – Word Document

A Bit More About PDF Files

PDF is a file format that has captured all the elements of a printed document as an electronic image that you can view, edit, navigate, print, or send to another electronic device. PDF files are created using Adobe Acrobat, Acrobat Capture, design applications such as Adobe Illustrator & Photoshop, or similar products. PDFs may contain both vector and raster information, but those details are not available to the viewer without compatible software to view those elements.

3) Convert Your Text to Outlines

Download our handy Artwork Preparation sheet

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