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Art File Set-Up Guidelines

Xpress Signs of San Antonio / Art File Set-Up Guidelines


  1. Illustrator (.AI, .EPS)
  2. Photoshop (.PSD)
  3. Tiff, Hi-Res JPG, PNG and PDF

For LARGE FORMAT PRINTING, high quality, editable PDF file , Photoshop and Illustrator files are preferred, as they are more suitable applications. Art time will be charged if files need to be fixed or altered to meet guidelines. When sending files, please be sure to include all support art (fonts, linked images, etc.). Please note that Illustrator special effects such as glows, transparencies, or drop shadows are not recommended. These effects sometimes have unpredictable results when printing. Photoshop is preferred when using these special effects. Ut elit tellus, luctus nec ullamcorper mattis, pulvinar dapibus leo.

For VINYL CUT and DIMENSIONAL GRAPHICS, artwork must be set-up as vector files with fonts and graphics created/converted to outlines.


Fonts must be created/converted to outlines prior to saving the file.


Please provide all vector files (Illustrator) in CMYK format. Supply all raster artwork (Photoshop files, jpgs, pngs, tiffs) in RGB format for the most accurate color output.


If Pantone colors need to be matched please specify. All critical Pantone colors need to be called out in the file as solid coated swatches. If multiple Pantone swatches are used in the file, all will be matched to solid coated unless otherwise specified. If color matching is required for Photoshop files please provide a layered file. Art time may be charged to correct flattened Photoshop files. Orders without indication of Pantone colors, supplied proofs or requested hard copy proofs are NOT guaranteed for color.


LARGE FORMAT INKJET PRINTING: All raster files (either print files or linked files) must be at 100-120 pixels per inch at 100%.


For signs and banners, NO bleed is required.

  • Files smaller than 10 MB can be sent to us by e-mail. Larger files can be uploaded to our server using the form below (please contact us to obtain a password):

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