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Images created in Photoshop are called raster images. While we can use raster images that meet our minimum requirements, they generally do not print as well as vector images. Raster images cannot be color matched and the resolution can cause color and quality issues when resized. Increasing the size of a raster image can cause blurring and rough edges. We prefer that all images created in Photoshop are saved as .psd [with layers] of .tif [with layers] files with a resolution of 150 dpi.
In Photoshop, you can go to IMAGE-> IMAGE SIZE to find out your file resolution.
Photos and graphics need to be created at 150 DPI at full size. Whether you use our templates or you create your own document, please make sure the dimension of your file is the EXACT size of the finished size. So if you finished product size is 3'x5', the file size needs to be 3'x5' @ 150 DPI.
Using Images From The Web
Web images have a resolution of 72 dpi. Images copied or saved from a website will not reproduce well. As you can see below, 72 dpi images can look great on your computer's monitor, but when printed at larger sizes they can appear blurry.
Your file has to be in CMYK mode
IMAGE-> MODE-> CMYK
When you are done with the design, flatten all the layers
then save as TIF.
You are almost done!
Before you send your files to us, view your graphic at 100% by holding the CRTL button and pressing 1. Please review the image carefully because what you are seeing at 100% is very close to what your printed image will look like.
We recommend using vector based images whenever possible. Vector images can be resized for any flag layout without a loss of clarity, while maintaining consistent color. Edges will remain sharp at any size. Vector images allow for PMS color matching, enabling us to get as close as possible to your desired colors. In addition to the recommended file
types above, we can also accept .svg and .cdr files. If you are using raster images with vector images, please make sure that all raster images are created at full size with a resolution of 150 dpi.
Converting Raster to Vector
Some raster images can be converted to vector, however, if not converted by a skilled professional, the vector image may not print well.
Saving a raster image as an .ai, or .eps file will not make it a vector image.
Why 150 DPI?
Since your banner will be a large format print, you don't need to prepare your file in 300 DPI which is usually used for smaller print.