Multigraphics

Tips and Guides

Sending Your File(s)

Please follow this guide page to reduce potential problems. Well formatted files result in faster turn-around times and the most accurate final product.

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Direct Upload

Upload upto 20MB of files directly on our contact page

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Via Email

Directly to your sales representative

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Via Dropbox

Share file/folder with info@multigraphics.ca

FTP

Via FTP Sites

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Via Storage Device

Mail your storage device to our office or drop it in person

Sending Your File(s)

Please follow this guide page to reduce potential problems. Well formatted files result in faster turn-around times and the most accurate final product.

uploads_v2

Direct Upload

Upload upto 20MB of files directly on our contact page

mail_v2

Via Email

Directly to your sales representative

dropbox

Via Dropbox

Share or send files to info@multigraphics.ca

FTP

Via FTP Site

Example: www.wetransfer.com

usb

Via Storage Device

Mail your storage device to our office or drop it in person

Artwork Specifications

Compatible Applications

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PDF

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Illustrator

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Photoshop

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InDesign

Compatible File Formats

JPG

Saved with maximum quality possible (settings under image options)

TIFF

Saved with LZW compression

PSD

CMYK colour mode with all layers flattened

PDF

Hi-Resolution images embedded. Always save with “Preserve Illustrator Editing Capabilities” on

EPS

Saved with “embed fonts for other applications” feature turned on

AI

PDF compatible file. Saved with “compression option” on

INDD

With multiple pages saved in single file (always package InDesign files)

Artwork Checklist

Size

Verify the dimensions and orientation of your artwork

Colour

Set the colour mode to CMYK (We print In CMYK mode only)

Bleed

0.5” – 1” bleed must be included in artwork

DPI

When setting up your files, the resolution must be a minimum of 100dpi (at 100%) size

Fonts

All fonts must be converted to outlines – or included when supplying art

Pantone

All objects with Pantone referenced colours must be on a separate layer

Layer

Organize all elements on respective layers (“cut path”, “background”, “text”, “white spot/ink”, etc)

Effects

Rasterize all effects/filters with a reasonable resolution (with a minimum resolution of 100dpi)

Links

Embed all links or provide us with all the linked images in a folder called “links”

Package

All InDesign files (include both fonts and links)

Backlit

Indicate backlit mode in your order for backlit printing

White

Make “white layer” in vector software or an “alpha channel” in photoshop.

  • Indicate if the white should be in backlit mode (200% density)
  • Indicate if you require the white printing to be over or under print

Resolution Guidelines

Resolution all depends on viewing distance of signage. This is only a general guideline for files built at 100%. For different scale resize proportionately.

Viewing Distance

Recommended DPI

0″ to 1′
1′ to 4′
5′ to 8′
9′ to 15′
16′ to 25′
26′ and Up

125dpi to 100dpi
100dpi to 75dpi
75dpi to 50dpi
50dpi to 25di
25dpi to 15dpi
15dpi to 5dpi

Remember that up-sampling a low-res image only adds unnecesary weight to your file and very little improvement will be gain. Unnecessary high dpi files waste time, space and resources.

Resolution Guidelines

Resolution all depends on viewing distance of signage. This is only a general guideline for files built at 100%. For different scale resize proportionately.

Viewing Distance –> Recommended DPI

0″ to 1′ –> 125dpi to 100dpi
1′ to 4′ –> 100dpi to 75dpi
5′ to 8′ –> 75dpi to 50 dpi
9′ to 15′ –> 50dpi to 25dpi
16′ to 25′ –> 25dpi to 15 dpi
26′ and Up –> 15dpi to 5dpi

Remember that up-sampling a low-res image only adds unnecesary weight to your file and very little improvement will be gain. Unnecessary high dpi files waste time, space and resources.

Colour Matching

Color proofing is a service we provide to clients who have projects which are color specific. This tends to be clients with nationwide branded colors that require consistency across their prints. 

Color matching is an additional cost but is necessary if color consistency is a high priority. Our machines are all calibrated and characterized to G7 specifications. Please note, there is an exception with certain Pantone Colors which sometimes cannot be matched 100% due to the nature of printing processes and limitations of our inks.