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Corel Draw File Guidelines

Guidelines for Corel Draw

Note - we do not work in Corel, your final version should be a file that we can open in Illustrator, export as an .esp file.

When You Set Up Your Document

Give your file a name that is easy to associate with your job.
Make your design to size. Allow for finishing of the banners, do not place any key design elements within 1.5" of any sew edge. for more information on banner finishing see satin banner finishing, or poly duck and vinyl banner finishing. (If your design bleeds, add at least 1/4"of background color on all four sides, outside the image area)
We prefer to have files in RGB color.

Specify PMS numbers

Select the text or shape to be filled then Windows>Swatch Libraries>Pantone Solid Coated
Select a color from the Pantone window or type in a PMS number to be placed into the swatch pallet. Built colors are a solid square, spot colors have a white corner, PMS colors have a black dot in the white corner.

Outline The Fonts
Select the text, go to Type > Create Curves.
This step avoids problems with font compatibility and availability.

Text (1) text-Outlines (1)

Placing Bitmap Files- Note - we do not work in Corel, your final version should be a file that we can open in Illustrator, export as an .esp file.

Use this step if your file contains any bitmap images.
Tiff (.tiff), EPS (.eps) Large file, JPEG. (.jpg) Not recommended

This is where we run out of expertise with Corel, hey, you can't be an expert at everything. If you don't know the best way to do this either, I would make a file that shows where images are placed and then be sure to include the original image along with the final layout.
Images should be at least 125 dpi at full size.
For more information on working with bitmap images see color space guidelines on the Photoshop page.

Saving The File

Name the file with your company name and date, (, or your order number.
I believe what you need to do here is export the file rather than save it.
Export as Native Illustrator document (.ai), encapsulated post script, (.eps) or PDF.


  • Name file with company name and date, or order number.
  • File is to size. (Bleeds add 1/4" to each side, outside of image area)
  • Colors in RGB format.
  • All text converted to curves
  • When laying out the design, make sure graphics and text are not close to the edges allow at least 1.5" to edges of the banner.

Our art staff is available for questions, contact us, or they can be hired to produce or adjust layouts for you.


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