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General Label Artwork Specifications

  • The preferred file format is Adobe Acrobat 8.1 or above to create a PDF 1.6 file with all fonts embedded, no font sub-setting, no flatting. We will also accept Adobe Illustrator or Adobe InDesign files with all support files and fonts included.

  • Create the PDF file with the following settings: PDF Preset = High Quality Print, include thumbnail, retain colors, embed all fonts – do not subset, enable editing, no compression, down sample to 300 DPI, no color conversion and no passwords.

  • Embedded Adobe Photoshop or other pixel based programs are acceptable for labels with images. Create the final file using Adobe Illustrator and embed the Photoshop image. The image file should be in CMYK format and at least 300 DPI (dots per inch) at finished label size. Include 1/8 inch image beyond the die line for bleed. Contact your CSR for min-dot recommendations prior to submitting artwork.

  • Recommended minimum font size is 4 and fonts less than 6 point as Sanserif fonts.

  • Recommended reverse print fonts should be a minimum of 6 points.

  • Reverse print rules or lines should be a minimum of .5 points.

  • Maintain a 1/16” margin from die line unless a bleed is intended. Bleeds should extend 1/8” beyond the die line.

  • Include Pantone number and spot swatch on artwork. Make a note of any colors to be converted to CMYK.

  • We are a G7 Master Printer and we will match that specification. A sample must be provided if the requirement is to match a previously printed label or a specific color.

  • Barcodes can be embedded or you may contact us for print ready barcode artwork. Bar width adjustments must be included in your artwork.

  • Plate charges are label size dependent. Periodically two plates are required to print the same color. This is design dependent. Contact your customer service representative for more information.

  • If your size is not critical, prior to creating artwork, contact your CSR to obtain a list of dies in stock. Using an existing die will minimize cost of tooling.