Large Format Guidelines


Frequently Asked Questions

  • What kind of files can I upload?

    Standard Orders

    PDF is highly recommended.

    We prefer that you send PDF and EPS files with outlined fonts. These files are easier to handle and will likely speed up your turn-around. Remember to remove all crop marks and flatten your files before uploading.

    Large Format Orders

    PDF is highly recommended.

    We prefer that you send PDF files with outlined fonts. These files are easier to handle and will likely speed up your turn-around. Remember to remove all crop marks and flatten your files before uploading.

  • What resolution should my files be?

    Most files will require 300 dpi resolution for all elements within artwork. Large format prints have special  resolution and scaling options see the large format FAQ.

  • Can I submit a front and back in the same file?

    No. Our systems are specifically set up to process one side at a time, and this requires that each side of a job must be on a separate file.

    Not separating files will cause delays and you might have to send the files again. Remember to separate the pages of your .pdf files as well.

  • What color mode should my files be?

    If you send us an RGB file, there is a chance that a color shift may occur and you may not be satisfied with your job.

    You should always start and finish your designs in CMYK color mode.

  • How can I avoid transparency issues?

    Never use shadows, glows, or any other transparency (image or otherwise) on top of a spot color. Always convert your spot color to CMYK and flatten before sending.

  • How should I set up my bleed and crop marks?

    Bleed must extend further than the cut line. Please keep all text and anything you do not want cutoff at least .125″ away from the cut line.

    Do not include crop marks in the files you submit to us. 

    Often times, your artwork itself is set-up correctly – however, when you save as PDF – your PDF file will only output the size you have in your document set-up. To ensure your bleed is always acknowledged, you must include the bleed on your artboard in addition to the actual size of your finished size desired. i.e. If you order a 24″ x 18″ PVC sign, your artwork with bleed (.5″ on all sides) and document set-up both should actually be 25″ x 19″.

    Banners: If ordering hems, leave a 2-inch safe zone on all sides. Expect to lose between 1/8 inch to 2 inches per side with banners.

    Flags: Leave a 2-inch safe zone on all sides and the pole pocket area.



    Bleed (All Sides)

    Business Cards
    Marketing Products

    0.125 inches

    Presentation Folders

    0.25 inches

    Car Magnets
    Banner Stands
    Large Posters
    Polyester Banners

    .5 inches

    Loose Banners
    Rolled Canvas
    Tote Bags

    No Bleed

    Mounted Canvas

    2 inches 


  • What is rich black and how can I get it?

    Rich black is an ink mixture of solid black, 100% K, with additional CMY ink values. This results in a darker tone than black ink alone. If you print black alone as 100% K, the resulting black may not be as dark as you might like

    We recommend using
    C 60 M 40 Y 40 K 100
    This will give you a deep, dark, rich black.

    Want to learn more? We’ve written a great article on this subject. 

  • What is the standard round corner radius?

    We offer 1/4″ and 1/8″ radius round corners on some products.

  • What is overprint, and how can it ruin my file?

    Overprint is used to intentionally overlap inks for a number of reasons, overprint can cause unexpected results. We suggest that you turn all overprint objects off before submitting your files.

    The colors from a top layer set to overprint might mix with the colors from the background. Unexpected results may occur if you have accidentally set certain objects to overprint. Always check logos and other artwork before submitting.

  • How can I make sure my blues do not come out purple?

    When using a blue in your design, always make sure to leave at least a 30% difference in your Cyan and Magenta values.

    Blue is close to purple in the CMYK spectrum. Remember, use a low amount of magenta whenever using high amounts of cyan to avoid purple.

    EXAMPLE: C-100 M-70 Y-0 K-0

  • How should I set up my file for spot gloss and foil?

    When creating a job with a mask file, i.e., Spot UV or Foil, you must include a mask template file along with the regular full-color file. The mask template file is used to show where the UV or Foil will be placed.

    Use 100% K to indicate where you would like the UV. White will indicate no UV.


Large Format

  • How should I scale my artwork to keep the file size manageable?

    It is not always necessary to scale your artwork. Scaling artwork can help to keep the file size manageable. Here are a few things to keep in mind if you are scaling your artwork.

    Vector Art
    We are able to print outdoor banners as large as 150ft x 16ft, however, most software is not able to produce an artboard larger than 228″. Adobe Acrobat and other PDF readers/converters are only able to view a maximum file size of 200″, resulting in a loss of artwork. For this reason, it is recommended to submit files at a smaller scale than the ordered size.

    Raster Art
    Raster files are calculated by pixels rather than inches. The pixels are converted to inches based on the resolution of a file. The equation for the conversion is (pixels divided by dpi = inches). Raster files have a limitation of 30,000 pixels. A file that is 30,000 pixels set at 150 dpi will be 16′ (200″). If your artwork is more than 30,000 pixels, we recommend dropping your dpi or scaling down your artwork.

    How to scale your artwork

    To scale artwork we need to proportionally decrease the file dimensions and increase the file resolution.


    Here are scaling samples for printing a 40-foot x 10-foot banner.

    Note: Banners larger than 15 feet will print below 100dpi

    File print size: 40 feet x 10 feet

    Full scale artwork: 40 feet x 10 feet @ 100 dpi
    Half scale artwork: 20 feet x 5 feet @ 200 dpi
    Quarter scale artwork: 10 feet x 5 feet @ 300 dpi

    Full scale: 150dpi

    Full scale: 250dpi

    Coroplast and Adhesive Vinyl
    Full scale: 200dpi

    Full scale: 250dpi

    Full scale: 250dpi

    Indoor Banners, Car Magnets, Floor Graphics and Large Posters:
    Full scale: 300dpi

    Table Runners:
    Full scale: 200dpi

    Adhesive Vinyl:
    Full scale: 100 dpi. vector artwork is preferred

  • What size should my text be if I want to view my banner or yard sign from at a distance?

    This depends on what the final output size will be, and its viewing distance.
    Please reference our Scale & Resolution Example Chart and Letter Visibility Chart below:




    3 inch

    30 feet

    60 feet

    4 inch

    40 feet

    150 feet

    6 inch

    60 feet

    200 feet

    8 inch

    80 feet

    350 feet

    9 inch

    90 feet

    400 feet

    10 inch

    100 feet

    450 feet

    12 inch

    120 feet

    525 feet

    15 inch

    150 feet

    630 feet

    18 inch

    180 feet

    750 feet

    24 inch

    240 feet

    1000 feet

    30 inch

    300 feet

    1250 feet

    36 inch

    360 feet

    1500 feet

    42 inch

    420 feet

    1750 feet

    48 inch

    480 feet

    2000 feet

    54 inch

    540 feet

    2250 feet

    60 inch

    600 feet

    2500 feet

    This is based on dark text on a plain white background in clear weather conditions
    There is an approximate 10% variance when using various color combinations.

  • Do you offer installations?

    No, we do not offer installation services. We recommend professional installation for all of our products. Please take care when ordering any large format product. Take into consideration where the product will be placed and stresses it may be subjected to, such as wind. We stand behind all of our products and will quality control all orders to the best of its ability but will not be held responsible for damages resulting from improper installation or use.

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