IMPORTANT: If you will be using Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator/EPS format, CorelDraw or Microsoft Publisher, you MUST use the free design templates we have available for download FOR THESE SOFTWARE PROGRAMS/FORMATS in the appropriate "Download Templates" section of our Design Guidelines page. This will ensure the least hassle possible when preparing your designs for plating, which will virtually guarantee quicker turnaround and accurate, sharp print results. These templates are already set in CMYK mode, at the correct bleed design size, margins and resolution. All you need to do is open the template and start designing. Please make sure you save the template with the same settings originally embedded, but feel free to RENAME each file to your liking. Renaming won't change any settings unless you allow that to happen.
Many, if not most, design programs can either "Save as" or "Export" to EPS format. This is usually a good format to send your designs as, with only ONE EXCEPTION: Most people forget to convert text to "outlines" before submitting their EPS files. Converting to "Outlines" (also called "curves" or "paths") prevents "missing font" problems on the "receiving" computer.
Make sure you look in your program's HELP files to figure out how to convert text to "curves" or "outlines" or "paths". As long as you follow this golden rule, everything will move smoothly!
THERE IS NO EXTRA CHARGE FOR SENDING YOUR DESIGNS IN EPS FORMAT.
Here are a few more tips when saving your designs in EPS format:
Feel free to contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org if you're still not clear on preparing your EPS files.
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