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Artwork Specs

All fonts need to be converted to outlines, curves, or embedded.
All artwork submitted must include 1/8" bleed and be cropped down to size.
Please note that Around the Town Signs backs up all jobs head to head; files will be backed up in this manner as they are submitted.
We Recommend Proofs!
Due to transparencies, drop shadows, text defaults, and certain effects not imposing correctly in pre-press, we recommend an email proof.
All email proofs are setup with artwork files after pre-press has finalize them for printing (In other words, the way you see the proof is how your final product will print).
Around the Town Signs is not responsible for any missing artwork, color/s, or text that doesn't print on final product/s ordered.If you have any further questions about artwork, please contact customer service.What file formats are accepted?
We accept any Mac or PC rasterized file format.
This includes:
pdf
jpeg
ai
psd
What file resolution is recommended?
Please submit your files at 300 dpi.

What color format do you accept?
We accept CMYK color format exclusively.
Please DO NOT send RGB, your file’s colors will change.

How much bleed does each document need?
Please leave 1/8 inch around your entire document.
This will enlarge the document size you submit by .25 inch (1/8 on each side) and will be cut off after printing.

2 Color Artwork Specs:
Color: Please submit jobs as spot color.
We cannot accept files in CMYK.
Jobs that do not bleed:
Around the Town Signs needs at least 5/16 inch gripper between edge trim line and the image area on the top of your piece.

Please submit files to exact cut size.

Jobs that bleed:
Please leave 1/8th inch bleed outside final cut line along all edges that bleed.

Please make sure files are submitted as PDF format and 300 dpi resolution.

Other Helpful Hints:
Images and Text Please keep all text and important images (images that do not bleed) an additional 1/4 inch inside the final cut line. This will ensure your image and text will be centered on your piece and much more pleasing to the eye.

Borders:
Due to the speed of our cutters and our gang style lay-out, we advise not using borders in your artwork. Borders can make even the straightest cuts look crooked.

How do I get a rich black build?
Due to the nature of 4 color process a Rich Black Build will print better than just 100% black.

Please set your CMYK build as follows: C: 70% M: 40% Y: 20% K: 100%
Please do not submit files in 400% black because it will cause offsetting.

If you are working in Illustrator or Photoshop:
It helps if you group all your text together. When you save as a pdf in Photoshop or Illustrator please unclick the check box marked “Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities.” This will shrink your file size and ensure your text and images are flattened.