Digital Artwork Submission Guidelines
One Day Masterpieces cannot reproduce copyrighted material without the express written permission of the copyright holder. The same is true for trademarks and other proprietary material.
Digital artwork may be submitted through file transfer services like Dropbox or loaded onto a flash drive and delivered to us. Contact us for FTP information.
Colors and Fonts:
In order for One Day Masterpieces to print the colors you desire, it is essential that your digital artwork be submitted with at least one of the following:
- Examples of the colors, such as a full-color hard copy print of your artwork
- Standardized references for the colors, such as numbers from the Pantone Matching System (PMS numbers)
In some cases, the machinery prints only one color at a time, and it is important that each color is in a different layer.
When the artwork contains text, it is important, for the sake of print clarity, that the text elements are not in the same layer as the graphic elements. It is also important that the screen and printer fonts and font sizes be embedded in the file to prevent fonts from changing when the file is opened by a different computer. If the fonts cannot be embedded, One Day Masterpieces can, in most cases, insert the text into the artwork, as long as you provide us with the name of the font and an example to follow. Another way to address the font issue is to outline the text. This will convert the text to a vector graphic, and it will appear in the correct format. One possible issue with this solution is that if there is an error in the text, it will need to be corrected in the original file and the artwork resubmitted.
Digital Formats and File Extensions:
Artwork may be submitted in the following formats:
- Adobe Illustrator CS (AI, EPS)
- Adobe Photoshop CS (PSD)
- Adobe portable document format (PDF)
- Corel Draw X7 (CDR)
- TIFF bitmap images (TIF)
- JPEG bitmap images (JPG)
Exceptions: Certain projects may involve additional file requirements. Please contact us for a consultation about your complex projects.
Vector Art vs. Raster Art:
In computer drawing and animation, a shape may be created in one of two ways – either as a raster image or a vector image.
A vector image defines shapes by coordinates. Vector images have the advantage of being infinitely resizable without impacting the resolution. As such, vector graphics often look cleaner and simpler. On the other hand, vector art works best with solid patches of color and may not represent color gradients well. Popular vector programs include Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW. Common vector art file extensions include: CDR, CAD, PLT, AI, PS and EPS.
A raster image, or bitmap, is a data file or structure representing a grid of pixels, or points of color, on a computer monitor, paper or other display device. The color of each pixel is individually defined. A bitmap is characterized by the width and height of the image in pixels. The quality of a raster image is determined by the total number of pixels (resolution). When submitting raster graphic files, be mindful of the ultimate print size. Raster graphics cannot be scaled to a higher resolution without loss of apparent quality. Raster graphics are more appropriate than vector graphics for photographs and photo-realistic images, while vector graphics are often more appropriate for typesetting or graphic design. Digital camera photos and scanned images are examples of raster images. Common raster art file extensions include: JPG, TIF and PNG.