File Setup Size:
Setup all files at full print size. Use half or quarter size if necessary. Do not add bleed or crop marks. Keep crucial elements, such as text, logos and important photographic areas at least 2? away from every edge of the panel, due to necessary production over-sizing for XY cutting. Some Skyline products, especially fabric graphics, require a much larger safe area than just 2". Please ask your Account Executive to provide the safe area measurements for each of your graphics.
Resolution of Images:We recommend 100 dpi at full size, with an acceptable range of 75 - 100 dpi. "Rezing up" an image to a higher dpi will only soften the image, not add detail. Always preview raster artwork at actual print size to check for any hidden flaws. 50 dpi and lower can still look good from a distance, but will look pixelated upon closer inspection. If your images require scanning, we recommend the superior image detail attained by professional grade drum and flat bed scanners. Even high end retail scanners with high optic resolutions may not provide adequate detail.
To clarify the resolution requirements: If you are creating an image that will span the entire background of a 117.5" x 89.25" display to be printed Lambda. Then that image at 100 dpi should have 11750 x 8925 pixels. The common confusion would be a 100dpi image, but it is only 10 inches wide. This is only 1000 pixels of image data. Once that image is sized up to 117.5" wide, then the dpi drops to 8 dpi. (1000 ÷ 117.5 = 8.51 dpi)
- Critical cuts between panels should be avoided due to material shrinkage during lamination
- Do not design with borders around the edge as they may become uneven due to necessary production over-sizing. If you must, thicker borders are more forgiving than thinner borders. We cannot guarantee the even thickness of borders if you use them
- PMS colors produced using different output types will not match exactly. (i.e. Inkjet vs. Lambda)
- All custom profile cuts must include a vector based template for computerized cutting
- Vector art that has been ?auto-generated? using vector path creation tools is not acceptable
- If creating Pantone colors in your raster artwork, then submit a Photoshop PSD layered file
- Remove any extra Photoshop alpha channels from your files used during file creation
- If you submit a color as a ?tint? or percentage of a PMS color, it will be printed ?as is?
- We cannot guarantee the ?tint? as the PMS fanbooks and color charts will indicate exactly what that tint should look like (you may want to choose a lighter shade PMS color instead)