Production Ready Art
Production Ready Art is defined as black and white line art that has sharp, clean lines, requires no retouching, is complete with text and/or graphics and is to size. Clean black and white copies printed at 800 dpi or higher are acceptable.
We expect that you have proofread your art and/or copy before sending it to us and that it is correct and ready for immediate processing.
- Spot color separations submitted in paper form are only acceptable if colors do not touch each other. If colors touch, they require trapping and registration and must be submitted in digital form.
- Bleeds on fans must extend 1/4" beyond the trim area.
- All screens on fans and buttons are 133 lpi (lines per inch) unless requested otherwise. Other items are screened at 45 lpi if halftones and screens are possible for that item.
- Maximum size of production ready art accepted is 8" x 10 1/2".
- Artwork is not returned unless requested.
Art is not Production Ready if it is:
- in color
- a gray tone, halftone, shadow, texture or screen
- photo-copied or faxed
- a business card, stationary or newsprint
- soiled, smudged, torn or bent
Screens or Halftones
We cannot scan art that was printed with a screen. If your art includes screens, it must be provided on disk or e-mailed. Also, in offset printing the full range of reproducible percentage screens is 20% to 60%.
Digital scans of the original photograph or artwork should be scanned at 300 dpi at the size to be used on the finished piece or submit the original photograph/art. (Example - If your photo is 4 x 4 inches and you want it to print at 8 x 8 inches, it should be scanned at 600 dpi so it will be 300 dpi at 8 x 8 inches.)
Line art should be vector, not raster. However, if raster files must be used for line art, they should be created in black and white at 600 to 1200 dpi, at print size.
If we are to set type for your order, we will match the typestyle as closely as possible to your supplied copy or artwork unless otherwise
Art requiring clean up or redrawing and orders for which production ready art is not supplied will incur an art charge. Art charges are billed at $50.00(X) per hour in half hour increments. Minimum $25.00(X).
Four-Color Process Charges
If a disk or an e-mailed file is submitted in an acceptable format (see Computer Graphics Programs) requiring no alterations: $100.00(G) plus plate charges. If a color photo or transparency is submitted instead of a disk or e-mailed file, add $25.00(G) per image scanning charge. Maximum scan area is 8" x10 1/2".
Four-Color Process Proof Charges
Add an additional $50.00(G) to the appropriate four-color process charge. All color proofs are digital color proofs.
We accept artwork submitted on 3.5" floppy disks, 100 MB and 250 MB Zip disks, CD-Rom or via E-mail. If artwork is emailed, it must be indicated on your purchase order AND Customer Service must be notified to insure art is matched with order.
Art E-mail address
for Golf Product Orders E-mail address
file size cannot exceed 100mb. See "Tips on Digital Art".
Notes on E-mail Art
E-mail your files in one of the formats listed below for fast processing. Please put your P.O. number in the subject line of the e-mail. We will use this number to match your artwork with your order. Also, please include your company name and what product the art is to be imprinted upon (button, fan, pencil, etc.) in the message area. This is important as we have different specifications for printing, silkscreening, hot stamping, etc.
Computer Graphics Programs
To ensure timely completion of you order, we recommend using one of the following standard graphic programs:
- Adobe Illustrator CS (11) or lower
- Corel Draw 10 or lower
- Adobe Photoshop CS (8) or lower
- Macromedia Freehand MX (11) or lower
Mac or PC versions of these programs are acceptable, but on either platform all fonts must be converted to curves/outlines/paths and the file must be saved or exported as an EPS file. Quark files must include all supporting files and fonts. We do not accept PDF files. Please supply us with the files used to create the PDF.
We recommend that all text be converted to outlines/paths/curves by the originating program. This eliminates font problems associated with the variety of fonts that have the same name. If this is not possible, include both screen and printer fonts with your files. We can only accept Macintosh compatible fonts. We highly recommend Postscript fonts rather than True Type fonts.
Tips on Digital Art
- Include a hard copy of your artwork that shows layout, size and color breaks.
- KEEP a back-up copy of your digital art files in the event of an e-mail transmission error or disk error.
- Compress your files before e-mailing. We can accept files compressed with Stuffit, Disk Doubler, or zipped PC files. Do not create a self extracting PC archive (.exe file) as these will not run on the Macintosh platform.
- All files used to create artwork need to be included.
- Halftone art (photographs, etc.) should be provided as an EPS or a TIFF file of at least 300 dpi at print size.
- Raster line art (text and logos) should be 600 to 1200 dpi at print size. Ideally, line art should be vector, not raster.
- Four Color Process files must be provided in CMYK mode and not RGB.
- Spot colors must be designated as PMS coated colors.
- We cannot use files saved in the following formats: PDF, Bit-map (.bmp), JPEG .jpg), GIFF (gif), PICT, CGM, Microsoft Word, WordPerfect, MS Excel, Powerpoint, or Lotus.
- We cannot use low resolution color images (less than 300dpi), scanned process color images, or rescreened artwork.
- Embedding a multi-color raster image in a document will only work for process color printing. Images should be converted to CMYK before embedding as images saved as RGB will not color separate properly.
Templates for our stock-shaped fans can be downloaded from the Templates page at www.samcoline.com. These are in Adobe Illustrator version 6 EPS and also available as PDFs. They are vector art and can be opened with or imported into any vector art program.
If your art is to bleed off the edge of the fan, the background or image you wish to bleed must extend 1/4" beyond the edge of the fan on all sides. Whether art is to bleed or not, keep all type and non-bleeding art 1/4" inside and away from the edge of the fan.