Art submission guidelines:

1) Difference between vector and bitmap images
2) Widely use art format and their explanation
3) Create Outlines for Adobe Illustrator or Convert to Curves for Corel Draw

You may send us the designs in any format provided that the images are clear and in good condition to process with digitization. Clear artwork will allow the digitizing artist to give a precise interpretation to the design. You may send art as vector image or as bitmap image. For bitmap images, 300 dpi resolutions would be enough to achieve good result.

1) Difference between vector and bitmap images
Bitmap artwork is comprised of dots (pixels) that represent a graphic image, with each bit or group of bits corresponding to a pixel in the image. When Bitmap image is enlarged, it produces jagged edge and graininess, which is not print friendly. The bitmap file is comprised of a series of dots per inch (dpi) and when you enlarge a bitmap, rather than more dots being added, the existing dots are simply enlarged. The larger the dots get, the blurrier the image will be. Examples of Bitmap images are JPG, TIF, BMP, PSD and GIF.

While Vector artwork is simply comprised of lines (wireframe) that represent the objects. Vector images are usually created with the drawing program such as CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator or Freehand. Increase or reduction in size will produce no pixelization. The combination of one of these programs with an expert digital artist can create a beautiful artwork that can be used on print articles. Line art images are size independent. That means it can be scaled up and down without losing any quality. The image will be of same quality no matter what size it is being scaled. Examples of vector images are CDR, AI, and EPS.

2) Widely use art format and their explanation

Bitmapped file (.BMP): The most basic type of graphics is the bitmap. It is essentially a grid of dots- a mosaic made from many tiny black and white or colored tiles or bits. Bitmaps have a fixed grid-like or mosaic nature and can produce unsightly results when an area of the bitmap is moved, enlarged, or rotated. When you move part of the bitmap, you tear up tiles and put them somewhere else, leaving a hole. If you enlarge a bitmapped graphic, it looks like big dots. If you shrink the bitmap, some of the tiles overlap others. Any change to a bitmapped image becomes jagged and distorted.

JPEG: The joint Photographic Experts Group developed the Jpeg file. This format was created for a standard for color and grayscale images; it only works on continuous tone images. The big advantage of this file is the compression that the file allows. It uses a lossy compression scheme that will throw out data to compress the file as much as 10:1.
One important characteristic that affects these files is the compression scheme used to compress the file. Compression schemes fall into two categories: lossless and lossy. Lossless compression allows the file to be compressed without losing any data. Lossy compression works by removing some of the data so quality can suffer.

Corel Draw .CDR / Illustrator .AI: They are object-oriented graphics. They overcome the limitations of bitmaps. The images are composed of mathematically described objects and paths, some strokes as a list of drawing instructions compiled from menu choices and mouse actions. You can enlarge, reduce, rotate, reshape, and refill without losing the quality. These graphics are resolution-independent.

TIFF or TIF: Acronym for tagged image file format, one of the most widely supported file formats for storing bit-mapped images on personal computers (both PCs and Macintosh computers).
TIFF graphics can be any resolution, and they can be black and white, gray-scaled, or color. Files in TIFF format often end with a .tif extension.

Encapsulated Postscript (EPS): Is actually Postscript file with a preview. It is used for storing both object oriented artwork and bitmapped artwork. If an object-oriented image is saved in the EPS format, it will retain its resolution-independent printing quality, and in most cases cannot be ungrouped, refilled or re-colored. It can be resized, distorted, or cropped.

Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF): It is an excellent file format for file exchange due to its portability and cross platform characteristics. It preserves the exact look and content of the originals complete with fonts and graphics and can be printed and distributed by email, share or store it on the web.

3) Create Outlines for Adobe Illustrator or Convert to Curves for Corel Draw
This is a common problem in files compatibility. Your fonts do not travel with your file and will default when opened in our system. If these functions are not done, when we read the design, our system replaces the font that you sent. So wrong font.
To avoid delays and possible errors please convert all text to curves before sending files to us. The following screen shots will inform you how to do them. If you have problem using these functions, just export the files to be used as EPS format and send it to us. This will solve your problem of using these functions.

1. Create Outlines 2. Convert to Curves