Graphics Department

Our graphic specialists ensure that your graphic ideas are translated effectively to your finished packaging. If you already have artwork, they will work with our film or carton suppliers to make sure the printing job is done correctly. If you have a concept and need a designer, we have talented graphic professionals to assist in bringing your ideas to life.

How to Prepare Files

Programs Used

Adobe® Acrobat, Adobe® Illustrator, Adobe® Photoshop, and Adobe® InDesign.

Acceptable File Formats

Native formatted vector files produce the best results (i.e. Adobe® Illustrator).

  1. AI (Adobe® Illustrator )
  2. EPS
  3. TIFF (see suggestions for file size)

Please no JPEG, BITMAP or GIF files, as these are not acceptable printing file formats. JPEG files are low resolution files that can only be used for proofing.

Special Notes

Do not pack fonts in suitcases. We cannot access them. We cannot use PC fonts.

InDesign files are accepted but will be converted to Illustrator by us. Reworking of the files may cause text to reflow in the conversion process.

Please indicate the program you used and the file type you saved it as.

When possible, please give us a PDF proof file, so that we can see a snapshot of what the job should look like.

Send all linked files and all fonts with your job or there will be a delay in the production process.

Sending Files

  1. Send large files through
  2. Files under 10 megabytes (MB) can be emailed here.
  3. CD ROM

Suggestions on File Sizes (how to figure resolution)

Print quality is directly related to the files you provide. We require the original, native file whenever for printing. For instance, Adobe® Illustrator, an .ai file, PhotoShop, a .psd file, and so on. Vector files work the best for graphic reproduction, as you can save them at any size and they can be enlarged without any distortion or pixellation. That is why it is extremely important to provide us with the original file. However, please do not take a low-resolution bitmap image and export it out as an AI or EPS and think that it will turn your artwork into a vector file. It does absolutely nothing to improve your artwork.

For a TIFF file, it is important to work your files as close to the final output size as possible. The closer your file is to the final size, the lower the resolution you need to save it becomes. Please do not send an image that is used for letterhead or business envelopes as a bitmap image at a low resolution and expect that we will be able to blow it up with successful results. The smaller the image is, the higher the resolution you need to save it as. Also, you cannot take a low-resolution image and save it at a higher resolution and expect this will correct the problem. If your original artwork is of low quality, increasing the dpi will not help it. All it will do is increase the production time and cost of completing your project.

We realize a large file is not always available but we need to make you aware of the complications in print quality that may occur as a result from smaller files.

Important for Your Job

Include PMS callouts on the proof. Please include contact name and telephone number in your e-mail.

If you are not sure which file types or programs are the best suited for your particular requirement, feel free to call our Graphics company at (845) 255-4281 for recommendations.

For PC files always call us first, before sending any files.