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ARTWORK GUIDELINES

Benefits of Using Our Graphic Proofing System:

  • Quick & Easy File Uploading
  • Artwork Saves with Your Order
  • No Messy Emails Back and Forth
  • Faster Order Processing & Production
  • Approve/Disapprove with a Single Click
  • Move At Your Own Pace and Convenience
 

Introduction

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Our Artwork Upload and Graphic Proofing System is designed to ensure that your customized trade show display astounds audiences through its vibrance and clarity. With this goal in mind, it’s crucial to adhere to the following recommended artwork guidelines so that we can produce the sharpest, most eye-catching graphic prints for you and your brand.

For more information on the Artwork Upload and Graphic Proofing System, please refer to our step-by-step guide available here.

 

Phone: 888.777.0223

Email: Graphics@AceExhibits.com

 

Supported File Types

We provide artwork templates for our trade show displays. Artwork templates can be found on applicable product pages or the Graphic Templates page in .eps and .pdf formats. These formats ensure quality, high-resolution images that result in clear, vibrant graphics. While we prefer the aforementioned file types, the online editor accepts the following raster and vector image file formats:

  • Encapsulated PostScript file (*.eps)
  • Adobe Acrobat document (*.pdf)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 image (*.psd)
  • Adobe Illustrator CS6 artwork (*.ai)
  • TIFF image (*.tif, *.tiff)
  • JPEG image (*.jpg, *.jpeg)
 

File Preparation Tips

All final print-ready graphic files must be flattened to single layer and built at 150 DPI (Dots Per Inch) in CMYK mode with all guidelines and template layers removed.

The maximum file size per graphic file is 350 MB. Any files that exceed the 350 MB maximum will not be accepted. If your graphic file is too large, please refer to our Artwork Compression guide for instructions on compressing your graphic file into an acceptable size.

If you require a Pantone color match, the elements in your file must be created with that Pantone color. You must provide the Pantone color number(s) upon uploading your artwork, or we cannot guarantee color-matching. We limit color matching to two (2) color call-outs. Please refer to the section below detailing our Pantone color match requirements.

 

File Preparation Instructions

  • It is best to embed all images and outline all text to ensure that nothing will drop out or change during file transfer.
  • Our preferred file type to receive is an 8-bit flattened .tiff file at 150 DPI in CMYK mode, built to the dimensions of the product's respective template.
  • Do not include any bleeds in your layout. This particularly applies to graphics designed in Adobe Illustrator.
  • Design your artwork to the "Overall Graphic Layout Size" of the template while keeping the important text and logos in the safe viewable areas. We generate proofs from the artwork submitted and don't necessarily know "That wasn't supposed to wrap around to the back!"
 

Pantone Color Matching Rules

If you have properly built your artwork with Pantone colors (in the areas you wish to match), we can perform a color match. We only match 100% solid Pantone colors from the Pantone FORMULA GUIDE Solid-Coated or Uncoated Libraries (see below for specifics). We do not match any type of gradient, images (e.g., a photograph of a person or landscape) or a percentage of a Pantone color.

Should you request a Pantone match with your artwork not being built with them, we will respectfully either ask that you waive matching or request that you resubmit artwork that's been corrected with them now in the file(s).

Please visit the PMS Color Matching Service page to request the specific colors you require.

 

PMS Color Matching: SoFlat Vinyl Printing

Display Type(s): Banner Stands

If you require color matching for this type of product, the file(s) must be submitted as either an .eps or .ai (Adobe Illustrator) file type with selectable color areas.

 

PMS Color Matching: Dye-Sub Fabric Printing

Display Type(s): Select Banner Stands, Four Seasons Event Tents, Tru-Fit series, Pearl series, Hanging Signs or Table Throws

If you require color matching for this type of product, the file(s) must be submitted as either an .eps or .ai (Adobe Illustrator) file type with selectable color areas.

 

PMS Color Matching: Laminated Pop-Up Displays

Display Type(s): Aspen series or E-Series

If you require color matching for this type of product, the file(s) must be submitted as a layered .tiff with the areas that are to be matched as separate layers.

 

Products of Interest

We want to make sure that what you receive is precisely what you ordered, which is why we want you to be aware of some important details pertaining to a handful of our products. If you are interested in any of these products, please review their instructions thoroughly.

Table Throws

If you have purchased a Dye Sublimation Printed Table Throw, please be aware that the fabric is initially white in color. If you want a background color (black, blue, red, etc.), please create your file with that color present in the graphic.

Also, be aware that you can be as creative as you would like with the design of your table throw. You can print anywhere on the template, so feel free to use images, textures, or whatever else might suit your design needs. We do suggest keeping the main text and logos in the safe viewable areas.

 

Serpentine Displays

If ordering graphics for a serpentine-shaped display (Aspen 20’ Serpentine, Tru-Fit 10’ Serpentine, Tru-Fit 20’ Serpentine), please specify if you want the concave side on the left or right side of the display. Should this not be indicated during approval, we will print with the concave side on the left and the convex on the right by default.

Event Tents

We have a few different types of Event Tent options you can choose from. Some require Vector-based artwork (Adobe Illustrator file). Please refer to the correct way to submit artwork for the specific type of tent item you have purchased:

Full Color Imprint (Heat Press) – Vector Files ONLY

There are very specific areas as to where you can place your graphics for these types of outdoor tents. All files must be in vector format (.EPS, .AI file types). For outdoor tents, you will need to specify which locations on the tent you would like the graphics to be placed. Each location is an additional cost, so please only choose the amount of print locations ordered.

Dye Sub Imprint – All Acceptable File Types

Please be aware that the material is initially white in color only. If you want a background color (black, blue, red, etc.) please create your file with that color present in the graphic.

You can be as creative as you would like with the design of your dye-sub tent. You can print anywhere on the template, so feel free to use image, textures, or whatever else might suit you needs. We do however suggest keeping the main text and logos in the safe viewable areas.