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HOW TO SUBMIT ARTWORK FOR CUSTOM INSTRUMENT BELL COVERS, TROMBONE SLIDE COVERS AND CUSTOM INSTRUMENT BANNERS
When our customers begin the process of submitting designs for printing, we often find that there is confusion regarding the type of art files that we need to receive from them. The confusion seems to center around Vector Graphics Files. Most people who are not professional graphic designers do not know what Vector Art is. Indeed, there are even some people working as graphic designers that do not know what Vector Graphics are.
WHAT IS VECTOR ART?
Vector Art is created using vector illustration software programs, such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. These programs create art that is clean, camera ready, and can be scaled infinitely, without any loss of quality or fidelity.
Scalability is one of the main reasons that Vector Art files are so valuable to printers. The same art file can be used to reproduce your design on something as small as a business card, or something as large as a billboard, without any loss of quality.
IS MY ART VECTOR?
How can you tell if your art is Vector Art? One way is by the file type. Modern Vector art is usually created in Adobe Illustrator,, and is commonly saved with certain file extensions. The four most common Vector file extensions are .ai, .pdf, .eps or .svg.
However, just because a file is saved in one of these formats, does not mean that it is truly Vector art. Sometimes, people open raster files in Adobe Illustrator, and re-save the file in vector format, without recreating the art using the Vector editing tools. Only art originally created in a vector editing program, such as Adobe Illustrator, is truly Vector Art.
MY ART ISN'T VECTOR! NOW WHAT?
The file you have might not be the only one "out there". If you had a professional designer create your art, chances are they created your design as Vector Art, but could have neglected to provide you with the Vector files. Contact your designer and ask for the Vector files. If you work in a school setting, contact the Administration or Athletic Department as either may have the files or logos/fonts which were pre-designed for graduation/administrative stationary or athletic uniforms/lettering, etc. These files may even have official pantone colors and fonts. If all else fails Contact Us..
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