FILE PREPARATION INFORMATION:
We can produce decals, stickers, labels and lettering directly from your file or we can create the artwork for you.
At Quick Signs (decalsontime.com) there are two quite different methods of making decals and stickers:
1) Computer cut vinyl decals and lettering (computer cut vinyl - solid spot colors)
2) Printed decals (digital prints using ink, dye, toner, resin or silk screen process)
Usually the process of decal production is determined by the type of artwork setup (vector or raster). In some instances, at a savings to you, we will use a combination of computer cut vinyl and digital printing.
What determines the method of vinyl decal making? The most important factors in that decision include: budget; overall size of the decal; number of colors used; quantity of decals needed; quality of artwork; duration of use; and type of decal material.
If you are unsure of the production method best suited to your decal and sticker needs, please contact one of our knowledgeable customer sales representatives, at (866) 267-4467 to guide you through making the proper decal choice for your needs and budget.
Saving vector files for decal making:
Our preferred file format for all decal printing is Adobe Illustrator (.ai, .eps, .pdf). When saving files in vector format (outline format), dpi (resolution) is only limited to the output device. File size is constant regardless of the size of the image. Because vector based programs use mathematical algorithmic calculations to determine size and shape, file size is usually small and these files can usually be e-mailed quickly. If you're not sure of what type of file type is needed to produce your vinyl decal, please call the Quick Signs (decalsontime.com) art department for assistance toll free at (866) 267-4467.
Saving bitmap files for decal making:
Bitmap files are created when an image is scanned, taken from a digital camera or created in a bitmap editing program such as Adobe PhotoShop, Corel Photo Paint, Mac Paint, Windows Paint, and many other paint and/or photo programs. These files are primarily used for digital decal printing and are resolution dependent. The resolution of the artwork effects the crispness of detail and fineness of grain in an image. For satisfactory results of computer generated digital image printing, the resolution should be set between 100 - 150 dpi at full size. Lower resolutions can cause pixelization. Higher resolution has little effect on overall quality and greatly increases file size. The dpi size decision for banner making is determined by overall output size and viewing distance of proposed decal or letters. Resolutions lower than 72dpi may exhibit pixelization, often called "jaggies". Bitmap files can be very large in size and are usually not sent by e-mail. It is not uncommon for a 2' x 3' full color image to have a file size of greater than 50 megabytes. If you need help on preparing any of these file formats, please call our Quick Signs (decalsontime.com) art department for assistance, toll free at (866) 267-4467.
Color Information for decal making:
When assigning a spot color to vector artwork, use a pantone color. We will attempt to make the closest color match. Keep in mind that what you see on your monitor may not look exactly the same as what we see on our monitor. A good example is to go to a store selling TV sets and you'll easily see that each television picture displays different colors, even when they are showing the same program.
Note: Keep in mind that decal printing is quite different than printing off your inkjet printer at home. When printing decals or stickers, we use special UV inks formulated for decal printing, and we also use a different computer RIP driver created especially for specific decal materials. Our printers are built exclusively for large format decals, calibrated to print on vinyl specifically made for certain indoor and outdoor surfaces.
For decal making, we can accept digital MAC and PC art files, ZIP files or CD's. You can compress PC files by using any PC based self-extracting compression utility or WinZip. We can accept E-mails with the file size not to exceed 15MB; or you can upload your artwork, through our website, with the file size not to exceed 64MB. If your file size is larger than 64MB, please call our Quick Signs (decalsontime.com) art department for assistance, toll free at (866) 267-4467
If you are creating a decal on a MAC, the file needs to be saved as an Adobe Illustrator, EPS format or PDF format. We can also accept InDesign files. All text must be "converted to curves" or "outlines" and all images must be embedded (we cannot read Mac fonts, so if the text is not outlined, there will be font issues). If you are creating artwork for a computer cut vinyl decal, the most compatible format is Adobe Illustrator saved as Illustrator EPS. Files created in publishing programs like Quark or PageMaker generally will not output. It is best to use an illustration or drawing program such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw for Mac. If you are creating your decal design in Photoshop, please remember to flatten all layers before saving your file as either a .TIF, .JPG, or .PDF. If you need help on preparing any of these file formats, please call our Quick Signs (decalsontime.com) art department for assistance toll free at (866) 267-4467.