Poster Art Requirements
Please make all artwork to size. (The size you would like the finished print to be.)
Include a color comp/proof of what the final print should look like. (CMYK mode).
Ink and paper color/s MUST be specified. If you are unable to provide Pantone (PMS) colors, we can pick colors from your design file*. Colors should be “Spot Colors” (including White and Black ink) and should be chosen from our stock inks or the Pantone Uncoated guide (exceptions for specialty inks and 4-color Process printing). Contact us with any questions.
Bleed prints MUST include a 1/8” bleed around each edge (a 18” x 24” poster needs to be 18.25” x 24.25”).
Paper size needs to be at least 1” longer (length & width) than final print size to allow for registration and crop marks.
Keep the “Live Area” and all critical elements at least 1/4” in from the final print size.
Ink colors tend to shift on colored paper. Some colors work better than others on dark paper, some won’t work at all. Contact us with any questions.
Avoid using the Multiply blending mode to simulate translucent overprinting. Depending on color combinations, final results will differ drastically. Contact us to schedule an ink draw-down to proof final colors and combinations.
We recommend using a 100lb Cover paper. Industry will only print 1-color on any paper weight less than 100lb Cover. Industry’s in-house paper selection includes the following- Cougar 100lb, 20” x 26” in White and Natural, as well as Neenah 100lb, 20” x 26” in Black.
*Please note- Color display varies from monitor-to-monitor, Industry cannot be held responsible for inaccurate color selections pulled from your original art files. If exact colors are needed, we HIGHLY recommend using colors chosen from Pantone swatches or Pantone books. We are always able to assist you in this process and answer any additional questions you may have.
Make art to size.Save in .AI or .EPS format, CMYK color mode. We prefer a legacy format of CS5 to avoid compatibility issues.
Create Outlines on all fonts.
Convert all strokes to Outlines.
Files with each color on it’s own Layer is strongly preferred. Include any/all imported or placed images and graphic files. Avoid using Clipping Masks, use the “Pathfinder” tool instead.
Make art to size. Save in .PSD or .TIF format, CMYK color mode (or Greyscale if the design is 1-color). Files with each color on it’s own Layer is strongly preferred. File resolution should be at least 150dpi, and not to exceed 600dpi.
For positive reading type; keep fonts at a 8pt minimum (12pt for Metallic ink). For knocked-out text; keep fonts at a 12pt minimum (16pt for Metallic ink). Final results will vary depending on chosen typeface.
For positive reading lines; keep strokes at a 1pt minimum (2pt for Metallic ink). For knocked-out lines; keep strokes at a 2pt minimum (3pt for Metallic ink).
Please let Industry determine halftone size and angle.
Industry is not responsible for errors or unsatisfactory results cause by halftones created by the client. Please allow us to assist you if you’re not familiar with the screen printing process.
For double-sided printing; please make sure both sides line up, especially for jobs requiring multiple crops.
Please proof-read any and all copy. Industry is not responsible for mistakes in spelling, grammar, or punctuation. Avoid using images from the internet when possible.
Press checks require scheduling and may result in additional fees.
Make each file on it’s own Layer (Photoshop & Illustrator).
Convert all strokes to Outlines.
Avoid using Clipping Masks (use the “Pathfinder” to keep shapes simple).
To save on file space, convert 1-color designs to Greyscale color mode (Photoshop).