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Guidelines for Designing Artwork Files

If you want to ensure your artwork looks its absolute best when printed, there are six key steps you can take to ensure that your print will come out of the best possible quality. Taking these steps ahead of time will give you the confidence of knowing that your project will be printed to the highest standard.

File Formats

For the best results, submitting any files in one of the following formats: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, or PDF is recommended. Using any of these formats will ensure the highest quality output.


Using the CMYK color space when sending artwork to be printed is essential, ensuring accurate color reproduction. Before printing, all colors should be converted to CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, and black).


All text must be displayed in an appropriate font size. Additionally, it is advantageous to have outlines around the texts, providing a visual cue and making it easier for readers to differentiate between different pieces of information. When properly sized and outlined, text can look more inviting to readers and become easier for them to read.


Keeping the existing dimensions of the dieline template is essential to maintain its design. Any changes that alter the outline should be avoided to preserve the shape.


Confirm that all images have been successfully added to the document and displayed correctly, ensuring their sizing meets the desired parameters.


Any images used in printed packaging should have a resolution of 300 dots per inch (dpi) or higher to ensure they appear clear and crisp when printed. This minimum resolution will prevent any pixelation or blurriness in the printed product.