Brandon Screen Printing & Signs
326 South West Street
Lima, Ohio 45801
Phone: (419) 229-9837
Fax: (419) 224-3595

Artwork Submission Guidelines


Preferred Artwork Submission Method:
PLEASE SEND DIGITAL FILES WHENEVER POSSIBLE. Include a hard copy printout of your artwork or a jpeg of your digital file for reference.

  • EPS, Macromedia Freehand or Adobe Illustrator (vector artwork) preferred .
  • All fonts must be converted to curves or outlines. Fonts sent will not be retained.
    (Non-converted or supplied fonts will be substituted with the closest font available.)
  • All spot colors must be named with either a standard or Pantone® color.
  • All placed or imported images should either be embedded or supplied seperately with your artwork submission.

GIF, JPEG and BMP files are not acceptable formats to be used when printing graphics. They are useful when emailed as a reference for quoting or to ensure elements do not drop out of you art.

Files sent in other than the acceptable vector art format may result in delays and additional artwork sharges when processing your order.

Acceptable File Formats:
Due to limitations of standardized art programs, Brandon ScreenPrinting & Signs requires all artwork files to be submitted in the following formats:

  • Adobe Photoshop (Please leave artwork files in layers if the file was created with them.)
  • Macromedia Freehand
  • Adobe Illustrator
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Adobe Pagemaker
  • PDF - Press Format with converted fonts
  • Quark Xpress
  • Corel Draw
  • EPS
  • TIFF (4 color process art and one color only, no multiple spot colors.)

Methods of Digital File Submission:

  • Email Submission. Contact your Sales Representative for details.
  • CD - R/RW - Mailed to our plant.
  • ZIP 100/250 - Mailed to our plant.
  • Floppy Disk - Mailed to our plant.


  • Fonts must be converted to curves or outlines prior to artwork submission, Failure to do so may result in fonts dropping or Brandon Screen Printing & Signs choosing the closest font for production.
  • Brandon Screen Printing & Signs now offers the Adobe Font Library as its main surce and reference for fonts. Previously ordered decals and other items will remain the same as prior orders, but changes to repeat orders may need slight font adjustments.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why submit vector art, my file worked for brochures?
Vector art allows us to trap spot colors to improve registration. Many other products are printed offset with tolerances much higher than screen printing. Often, Quark files are converted to a vector program for this reason.

Can I increase the DPI to raise my resolution?
No. Once the art has had the DPI reduced it cannot be recoverted. All files submitted should be at least 300 dpi.

Do we need white on clear products?
Yes! The opacity of the links will not hold up once the decal is placed on glass or a colored background. White should be used to either back up the art or flood behind the entire decal. Please indicate which method to use for the white on your order.

Why do I need spot colors on my four color process art?
Large areas of coverage and specific PMS matches are not guaranteed in screen printing. Often a spot color is needed to meet our client's expectations. Additionally, the small text or elements created our of process colors will not hold up to the course lpi used in production.

When I submit spot colors, why do you ask for four color process?
It really depends on the art. Photographs and artwith many shades are often better as four color process. Art is often submitted with spot colors identified, but unnamed or multi-color blends usually seperate themselves into CMYK.

My art looked fine on the laser printout, but very rough on the decal, why? If a low resolution tiff or a gray scale art file is submitted, it will look better on paper. Laser or inkjet printers recognize shades of grayand will not utilize a halftone dot. If the art is gray scale and no tones are requested, the art loses all the shading in the film process. This results inthe image detail dropping out and the prints become very rough.



Sign Materials

Learn more about what materials we use to make signs, decals, stickers, posters and more. Find the perfect material for your project, with detailed advice and guidance, based on the specifics of your application.

Design Center
Check our our design center to get useful tips on designing and making the most out of your signs and graphics. Get detailed information on artwork specifications and colors and more. To visit our Design Center, click here.

Artwork Guidlines
While Brandon Screen Printing & signs tries to be a versatile as possible, specific artwork guidlines are needed to ensure quality products and quick turn-around. View this section to learn what our artwork requirements are, a listing of our general F.A.Q.'s, and how we can best work together to supply your needs.


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