Note: The Alps Printer only prints "C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black" as a solid color. Any other ink color value the printer will interpreted as a screened image & printed with a 60 lpi course screen. Ink color is set manually during decal output process by us.
We only accept tif, eps, al, & psd file formats with font's converted to outlines. If your file is not in one of these formats then you will need use some other software that can save to one of these file formats. Cad software will not work for vector artwork.
Note: All font's must be converted to outlines & files must be set up to file specks as described below otherwise we will not accept the file (Embedding fonts is not acceptable). If converting to pdf file using a pdf converter. Single color decals only, NO EMBEDDED OR PLACED IMAGES your artworks color value must be C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black. Additional preparation fees will apply for converted pdf files, to C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black (at our hourly rate).
(Best Quality) Vector Graphics Artwork: 8" x 10" Image Area with 1/8" min margins, Multiple or Single color decals. Artwork created from Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw software saved as (eps, al). NO EMBEDDED OR PLACED IMAGES.
Single Color Decals: The artwork needs to be on its own layer (layer named the print color), with artwork in CMYK color mode & set to CMYK format and "C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black" set as the artworks color value.
Multiple Color Decals: Each color needs to be on its own layer (layer named the print color) and trapped between layers as necessary, with artwork in In CMYK Color Mode & set to CMYK format and "C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black" set as the artworks color values for each layer. A full color composite layer needs to also be included in file named (proof). Maximum of 2 layers can be overlaid in trapped artwork.
Note: You need to make sure you check your Color Mode, it should be in CMYK Mode. Before submitting them making sure the file colors are "C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100% = black". If using color swatches be sure you set your color swatch up before you start your artwork. It should be C - 100%, M - 100%, Y - 100%, K - 100%, CMYK Color Mode, Spot Color & Global. Test color swatch settings before starting artwork. You should be able to change the color values of the swatch and it will automatically change values in artwork. If artwork color doesn't change when the swatch values are changed your swatch color is not setup correctly. By setting up a correct color swatch you will be able to proof your artwork color values and be able to make color changes without having to select each individual artwork element and change color values manually. Saving to different file formats or even saving to a different version of software may reset your color values to something other the the required color values. This may be trial and error process, until you get your file options figured out so that your software keeps the correct color values intact. Double check your files color values, trapping, & layers before submitting your files! Ink color is set manually during decal output. Additional setup fees will apply if files are submitted incorrectly.
Sample Vector Artwork Adobe Illustrator File
(OK Quality) Bitmap Artwork:8" x 10" Image Area with 1/8" min margins, Single color decals only! No Multi Colored Decals. Black artwork created from photo editing software saved as (psd or tif) only. No (BMP, JPG, GIF, PNG) files. The file must be actual size in "bitmap color mode" (Photoshop: IMAGE/MODE/Bitmap) (Not Index, Grayscale, RGB, LAB or CMYK) the resolution of the file must be a minimum of 600 dpi but preferably 2400-3600 dpi. Sample TIF Bitmap Artwork File
Final file conversion will be preformed by us. Ink color is set manually during decal output.
Additional setup fees will apply if files are submitted incorrectly.
Note: Bitmap color mode Artwork will print Saw-Toothed on the edges. The higher the resolution the file you submit and cleaner edged the artwork the better quality it will print. You can proof your decal quality by viewing your artwork to bitmap color mode, 600 dpi, at 100% size and looking at your edges. Every rough spot (saw-tooth) you see on your artwork proof will print when decal is printed.