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Artwork Specifications

All custom orders are individually unique.  If all of the guidelines below are followed this will help our team to expedite your order.

There are two types of digital formats that are acceptable when submitting your artwork.  They are Vector Format (.ai, .pdf, .eps, .svg) and Pixel Format in high resolution (.tiff, .gif, .jpeg, .png).  Vector files are preferred and will produce the best results.  The file type definitions are listed below if you need more information.

300 DPI or higher is necessary for a high quality print.

Artwork diameter should be 3" for custom minis and 4" for custom golf discs.

Please make sure your artwork is black and white line art for the die making process.  Any shading, gray areas or color will not transfer into the die.

If you are not sure if your artwork meets the specifications, please submit it and we will let you know if any changes need to be made.

If you do not have artwork or changes need to be made to existing artwork, we have a graphic designer available.  The charge will be $30 per hour with a one hour minimum.  We will provide an estimate before any work is done. Any custom artwork created by our in house designer is owned by Little Flyer. Purchasing full rights to a working image can be done at $150 per design.

FREE Die and Setup!  Each order includes one die at no charge.  If you are going to be using multiple designs in your order, please contact us for a quote.

Definitions

Camera Ready:  (of matter to be printed) in the right form and good enough quality to be reproduced onto a printing plate.

Vector Format:  Vector art is created using Vector Illustration software programs such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw.  These programs use mathematic equations and geometric primitives (points, lines and shapes) to create art thats clean, camera ready and can be scaled infinitely, without any loss of quality or fidelity. 

.ai File:  A propritary file format developed by Adobe Systems for representing single page vector based drawings in either .eps or .pdf formats.  The .ai file name extension is used by Adobe illustrator.

.eps File:  Encapsulated Post Script files maintain an images lines and graphic quality and are often used to save vector art files.  For this reason, you should always use .eps artwork for high qualtiy printing.  For editing, http://www.fileinfo.com/extensions/esp has a helpful list of drawing programs and vector graphing applications that will open .eps files.

.gif File:  Graphic Interchange File formats limit an image to 256 index colors.  Gifs are fantastic for preserving the crisp, clear artwork, yet reducing the size dramatically.  They are perfect for email signatures.  For more information on programs that can open a .gif file visit http://fileinfo.com/extension/gif.

.jpeg File:  Jpegs are raster image files the compress the image intself and reduce the file size.  This is why the .jpeg format is best used for viewing on a computer screen, such as a presentation or the internet.  Low resolution artwork should be used on web pages you want to load faster.  For more information on programs that can open .jpeg files see http://fileinfo.com/extension/jpeg.

.pdf File:  Portable Document Formats are for saving documents that are comprised of more than just a simple text element.  Pdf's allow for incorporation of images, graphics, hyperlinks and other features.  The benefits of .pdf files are the compatibility with other systems, the high quality that allows the use in professional situations and the small file size which makes them easy to store and send to others.

.png File:  Portable Network Graphic files are great for compressing a raster images file size, yet still maintaining the full scope, color and detail.  Png's also support saving an image with a transparent background.  We've found .png to be a great format to use in Microsoft Office programs.  Learn more about .png files at http://fileinfo.com/extension/png.

.psd File:  Adobe Photoshop Document is a file with layered image files used in Adobe Photoshop.  Psd is the default format for Photoshop users saving data.  Psd is a proprietary file that allows the user to work with the images and individual layers even after the file has been saved.  When an image is complete, Photoshop allows the user to flatten the layers and convert the flat image into a .jpeg, .gif, .tif and other non-proprietary file formats so that it can be shared.  Once the .psd image has been flattened by conversion however, it cannot be converted back to .psd and the user can no longer edit the layers.  It is important to always save the .psd file and not overwrite it during conversion.

.svg file:  Scalable Vector Graphics is a file format that enables two-dimensional images to be displayed in XML pages on the web.  Vector images are created through text based commands formatted to comply with XML specifications.  In contrast to .jpeg and .gif images on the web which are bitmapped and always remain a specific size, .svg images are scalable to the size of the viewing window.

.tiff File:  Tagged Image File formats are for high-quality graphics images with multiple colors and digital photos.  Although you would not be able to edit your vector file in a .tif format, it is still appropriate for high quality printing.  For more infomation on .tif files go to http://fileinfo.com/extension/tif.  

Adobe Illustrator:  A program used by both artists and graphic designers to create vector images.  These images are then used for company logos, promotional uses and custom designs.

Photoshop:  An image editing software developed by Adobe Systems.  It is considered to be one of the leaders in photo editing software.  The software allows users to manipulate, crop, resize and correct colors on digital photos.  This program is used by photographers and graphic designers.

Hot Stamping:  A dry printed method of lithography in which pre-dried ink or foils are transferred to a surface at high temperatures.  It is widely used on plastic and paper.  

Dies/Stamping Plate:  Hot stamping dies are graphic images, logos or text that are photo etched or machine engraved on metal.  Dies are the only way to create designs for hot stamping.  There are 5 types of hot stamping dies, Magnesium, Brass, Silicone, Polymer and Combination.  We use Magnesium dies to provide superior results due to durability.

Foil:  A foil paper that is pressed with a die to create unique designs and prints.  There are various types of foil paper.  Metallic, Gloss, Matte and Holographic are specific to hot stamping plastic.