Print Guidelines

General

  • Provide all files in one of the appropriate formats listed, including all support files used.
  • Layout all files in the correct resolution, proportions or scale (1/4 scale) to final size.
  • Convert all fonts to Outlines and remove any stray text that has not been converted. If using Photoshop Rasterize all text and remove any text layers not raster.

Color Matching

  • Color set to CMYK, (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black). Please set up all files for CMYK color mode. Illustrator files must have all colors used converted to CMYK.
  • All photographic support files used in Illustrator must be CMYK and prepared to the proper resolution and format for the project.
  • Critical colors should be called out as Pantone® Solid Coated colors.
  • When PMS match is required a test print should be ordered. Additional cost may apply
  • We do our best to match but may not be able to guarantee on the final print.

Blacks

  • Rich black should be used in place of all blacks and composed of 90%C, 90%M, 90%Y, 100%K.
  • This will produce a richer shade of black.
  • By default, Adobe InDesign overprints 100% black onto whatever is behind it. There’s a good chance you will see the background layers through the black. To fix use a rich black (recommended) or set black to 99%.

Bleeds

  • Create art with a 1” bleed on all four sides.
  • 35 mil art material needs to be 53” maximum width
  • 75, 85 & 95 mil art greater than 10’ needs be created in 119” sections

Resolution

  • Photographs MUST be designed to have 150 DPI of resolution at finished size, and in CMYK Mode.
  • Images MUST not be interpolated as this will greatly affect the resolution and quality of the final printed flooring.
  • Images take from the internet at usually 72 DPI and are not usable.
    • Example: 10' x 10' at 100 DPI = 280+ MB

Spot White

  • Spot white layer must be created in the top most layer with a spot color titled “White_Ink”.
  • Choke the white layer by -.0125”

Overprinting

  • Make sure that none of your design elements are set to overprint unless you are trying to achieve an overprint effect.
  • White elements should never be set to overprint as this will simply make the white element disappear when printed.

Supported Formats

  • AI (Adobe Illustrator)
  • EPS OUTLINES (Encapsulated Post Script)
  • Also known as Vector Files or Outline Files. Provide support files or embed graphics used in your design.
  • PSD (Adobe Photoshop Layered Files)
  • TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)
  • EPS Photographic (Encapsulated Post Script)
  • JPEG (Compressed file)

Sending Files to Graphic Image Flooring

  • Large Files: Email us and we will set up a Dropbox folder for you to save all your files. Or if you have a file transfer service we can use that. 

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Reminder: Once orders are placed we cannot offer refunds due to errors from customer provided artwork.