The Graphics Department uses Adobe Illustrator version 9.0. The following guidelines are designed to help you set up your tile so that there will be as few delays and problems as possible in the production of your job.
AT WHAT SIZE SHOULD MY IMAGE BE SET UP?
Your file may be set up at any size as long as it is to scale with the final image size. Please indicate crop marks.
WHAT COLORS CAN I USE IN MY LAYOUT?
For Digital Inkjet prints, please indicate any critical color matches by specifying a Pantone Process or PMS color that you would like to have matched. It is recommended that you use the Pantone Process Color Chart because it is compiled of CMYK colors, and will give you a better representation of what colors the printer will print. The Graphics Department can, however, match a great deal of Pantone PMS colors. It is important to remember that the colors you see on our screen will not be exactly what we see on our screen or what our printers will print. It is because of this that the Graphics Department recommends that you specify a Pantone Process or PMS color if you want the colors to be matched. For Lambda prints, please set up all of your graphics using the RGB color mode, as this is what Lambda prints. Any time that a bitmap file is set up using the CMYK color mode or is scanned in as a CMYK image, but is intended to be used for a Lambda print, the file must be converted to RGB. This will cause a color shift within the file that may be very noticeable. Using the RGB color mode when initially creating your graphics will give you a much closer representation of what the final output will look like. For all vector art files, please use the color chart to help you choose the colors for your graphics. This color chart is a guide for matching colors to the Pantone Matching System and will enable you to see what the PMS color will look like when it is printed by the Lambda. Using these colors will also allow you to set up your files that there will not be any color matching charges. To achieve any of the colors on the chart, set up your file using the specified numbers that correspond to the colors you have chosen.
WHAT DO I DO ABOUT FONTS?
To avoid any problems with fonts, all text should be converted to outlines. To do this, choose "select all" from the edit menu and then select the command "create outlines" from the type menu.
WHAT DO I NEED TO SEND IF I HAVE A PLACED IMAGE IN MY DOCUMENT?
If your Illustrator document has placed images (logos and/or photos) in it, make sure that the original logo file or photo file is included on the disk. The Graphics Department does not recommend using rastered images (an image that has been placed into Illustrator but is not linked to the original file), as we have no way of knowing whether the original image is of high enough quality or not.
HOW SHOULD I SAVE MY FILE?
Save your document as a regular Illustrator file. There is no need to save it as a EPS. Although saving an Illustrator file as an EPS does not affect the Graphic Department's ability to use it, it does make the file larger than is needed.
WHAT ELSE DO I NEED TO SEND?
Please make sure your disk contains both the screen and the printer fonts. Along with your disk, also send hardcopy of all files that the Graphics Department will be producing and a printout of the contents of the disk, marking the files that will be used.