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What's the preferred image file type for suppliers, when sending custom artwork for growlers and other customized products?

Also, at what size should we format the image file so that it is most compatible with suppliers' artwork-processing systems?


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Julie Scheffer at HandCrafted Growlers

Send us what you have and we will work closely with you to make sure it works.

Oct 27, 2014

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D'ana Schweinberg from Southwest Glassware

vector. But good decorators will take anything.

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Lisa Roman from ARTon Products

We prefer vectored artwork when available. AI, EPS,  and PDF are all preferred file formats. But if a JPEG is all you have available, we can often convert it, and if necessary recreate it into usable vectored artwork. If the file is too large to e-mail we often use Dropbox. In terms of the actual size of the art, it doesn't matter too much as we will size it to best fit the glass you are ordering. Thank you!

Nov 12, 2014

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San Tan Promotional Products

For the promotional products we offer, vector artwork is a necessity. We want our customers to be happy with the products we deliver, and using vector artwork provides a crisp, clean, professional image when imprinted.

Most artwork provided to us needs to be converted from raster (bumpy edges) to vector (smooth edges) in order to provide the best imprint possible.

You can tell if an image is raster or vector by enlarging it. If the edges start to create a stair-step effect or the edges are not well-defined as it gets larger, you have a raster image. Vector image edges will stay smooth no matter how large they become.

Most artwork created with professional software will allow images to be saved in vector format. Some of the more common vector filetypes include those created in Adobe Illustrator (.ai), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Corel Draw (.cdr), and Encapsulated Postscript (.eps).

Jun 3, 2014

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Elise Fay from Atlantic Custom Solutions

We prefer Vectored artwork AI, EPS, and PDF  . However, if you do not have vectored artwork we may be able to recreate the art for you at no charge. 

May 3, 2016

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Jim Ristuccia from Etching Expressions

Vector art is preferred. We can convert any files if vector files are not available. 

Apr 28, 2016

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Jeffrey Schwartz from Coaster Factory

Artwork is best supplied as vector art (*.eps, *.ai) with all text converted to outlines. We have some coaster art guidelines that can be found on our File Specs Page. You will also find downloadable templates to assist you when you are creating your coaster design(s).

If you are using the Coaster Designer and would like to upload your own artwork, you can use .jpg, .gif or .png files. 

Nov 19, 2015

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Edward Carroll from SBS Promo

vector file

Oct 24, 2015

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Shayna Woodwyk from Land & Sea Packaging

Vector images are what work best and are preferred, but whatever you have can usually be converted. 

Aug 6, 2015

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Johnnie Powell from InkEasy

Vector art files work best and will yield high quality results. However, our art team can use any file sent and/or we can design something new and fresh for you!

Our most commonly received file types are:
Adobe Photoshop Image (*.psd)
Adobe Acrobat Document (*.pdf)
Adobe Illustrator Document (*.ai)
Bitmap Image (*.bmp)
GIF Image (*.gif)
JPEG Image (*.jpg,*.jpeg)
Microsoft Word Document (*.doc,*.docx)
Microsoft PowerPoint Document (*.ppt)
Microsoft Publisher Document (*.pub)
PCX Image Document (*.pcx)
PICT Image (*.pic)
PNG Image (*.png)
PostScript File (*.ps)
TIF Image (*.tif,*.tiff)
Windows Enhanced Metafile (*.emf)
Windows Metafile (*.wmf)

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Neil Mackay from Coasters Plus

We need vectorized artwork. This type of artwork should be prepared with a minimum of 400 dpi(dots per inch) and saved in eps or pdf format.We recommend Adobe Illustrator for this type of artwork.

Nov 6, 2014

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Bill Sherritt from Cascade Graphics

Vector Art is preferred saved in the file format .AI, .EPS, .PDF. We can also convert High Resolution images to vector art for bottle printing if the image is 300 dpi or better with no loss to quality. 

Nov 3, 2014

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Julie Scheffer from Hand Crafted Growlers

We can hand carve a image into the surface of a ceramic growler and any picture
sent by email will work.
a digital decal of your breweries logo can be sent by email and would need a file at 300dpi preferably in a PDF, PSD, AI, or TIFF format. 

Oct 25, 2014

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Kadri Pereira from Luscan Group

If you don't have vector file (AI, EPS, PDF, CDR), you can send in your image file as big as you have it. Like that we can convert it to vector format with minimal loss. Also, for 4 colour process prints, you ca send in raster images, but they should be at least 300dpi resolution, which means if the print is 2" wide, that art should be at least 2 x 300 = 600 pixels wide.

Aug 18, 2014

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Casey Krajewski from Midwest Promotional Group

Vector art, usually Illustrator eps

Jun 4, 2014

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Mary Vamosy from 4imprint

we are 4imprint will take any kind of art you have; we have a full service graphics dept at no cost to you; we can even do design work on the item you order, so any type of graphics is fine (we even have people that still fax us stuff, and as long as we can see it, it's workable to recreate.)

Jun 4, 2014

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Sean McMahon from Brewery Outfitters

Adobe illustrator (.ai) or an .eps/.pdf with editable vector images is, by far, the best format to have infinitely scalable artwork for use on a variety of customized products.

Enlist the help of a graphic designer to create a "brand standards" guideline for you. This guide will provide various versions of logos for use in most applications. (i.e. color logo on white, 1-color logo on black, etc) This guide will keep your branding consistent and save you hours upon hours of time down the road as you print anything from menus to growlers to banners to t-shirts, etc.

 â?¦ and your suppliers will thank you too. ;-) 

May 29, 2014

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Craig Balter Sales Company from Balter Sales Company

Adobe Illustrator or Vector EPS, preferably

May 28, 2014

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