Most of our clients have their logos, designs, artwork in a digital format, but with so many different types it can get confusing.
Vector vs. Raster... two very different digital file formats used in designing and fabricating your custom signs.
Vector based files are ALWAYS the preferred file format for vinyl graphics, cut vinyl, vehicle lettering. These types of vector graphics files are typically created in software programs such as Adobe Illustrator and a handful of other applications.
If your project is to be produced in full color such as photography or an image containing gradient shading, then we would need a raster or bitmap file. Common formats are TIFF, JPEG and BMP.
Preferred Vector file formats:
Adobe Illustrator - For raw vector files. Be sure to convert all type to outlines.
EPS - For finalized files ready for print. Be sure to convert all type to outlines.
PDF - For finalized files.
Preferred Raster le formats:
TIFF - Most preferred format.
Adobe Photoshop - For raw psd files be sure to rasterize any text.
JPEG - File should be 200 or higher at actual size.
File formats that are generally NOT usable in the signmaking process:Microsoft Word, Powerpoint, Excel, Publisher
GIF or JPEG files taken from your website. Web graphics are designed to be displayed on screen, therefore the resolution is to low for large format digital printing.