Artwork Specifications

How Do I Send Artwork?

Contact us and we will assign you an Ironjet representative, who you can e-mail your file to. If the file’s too big to e-mail, ask your representative for a link to a custom Dropbox folder we will create for you, or send a link from your own personal/business online storage. USB’s and CD’s are also accepted. All artwork (except for photo work) must be vector imagery. Here are the accepted vector file formats:

  • Press-ready PDF (PDF-X/1a compliant)
  • Corel Draw X8 (.CDR) – PREFERRED
  • Adobe Illustrator CS 5 (.AI)
  • Encapsulated Postscript (.EPS)

What is Press-ready?

Before sending, make sure:

  • All text is converted to curves or outlines.
  • Color mode is CMYK.
  • Images under 11×17″ are at least 300 DPI.
  • Images between 11×17″ and 24×36″ are at least 250 DPI.
  • Images larger than 24×36″ are at least 150 DPI.
  • Billboards or other signage that will be viewed from far away may be submitted at 100 DPI.
  • All effects, like drop-shadows and transparencies, are flattened. This can either be done manually (before exporting) or by using the Flattener in Adobe Acrobat.
  • If you are using one of our templates, be sure to delete all printer’s marks, dimensions, and comments before sending us your file, otherwise they will be printed along with your artwork.

EXTREMELY IMPORTANT: Be sure that the artwork has appropriate bleed, margin, and trim sizes for the given product. If you are unsure about these terms, please research them before starting on your artwork, or give us a call for more specifics. Bleed and margins vary depending on the type of product.

*If supplied artwork does not meet industry print standards, it will be rejected, at which point you will be notified and asked to make changes to your artwork. This may impact the production date and incur additional set-up charges. Your Ironjet representative will inform you of such changes before they are implemented.

What is Vector Imagery?

Vector artwork is created on a computer using CorelDRAW, Adobe Illustrator or any similar vector illustration software. Vector art is resolution-independent, meaning that it can be scaled up to any size without affecting the quality – it won’t get blurry or jagged. Some examples of NON-vector imagery:

  • Photographs
  • Photocopies/Faxes
  • .GIFs
  • .JPGs
  • Any physical piece of artwork (ie. business card, sticker, painting, etc.). These may be scanned, but the data will be recorded as a bitmap, not vector data.

It’s worth noting that, while the PDF format can hold vector contents, it can also hold bitmap contents. This means that simply submitting a PDF does not guarantee that your file is comprised of vector imagery.


Any file that doesn’t meet our requirements will need to be vectorized by one of our graphic designers – particularly for items such as screen printing, embroidery, contour cut decals/stickers, or promotional items. Costs associated with vectorizing a piece of art may vary depending on the complexity and clarity of the supplied image. If you’re unsure of file format or specs, feel free to contact us prior to sending artwork.