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Illustrator File Guidelines

Set Up Your Document


Illustrator File Help 1

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.

Swatch-Library-Menu    PMSpallette    Swatch-pallet

Outline The Fonts

Select the text, go to Type > Create Outlines.

This step avoids problems with font compatibility and availability.

text text-outlines

Placing Bitmap Files

Use this step if your file contains any bitmap images.
Tiff (.tiff), EPS (.eps) Large file, JPEG. (.jpg) Not recommended
Images should be at least 125 dpi. for more information on working with bitmap images see color space guidelines on the Photoshop page. We prefer that you embed any bitmap images.

Select the image, then Window>Links, right arrow gets list, Embed Image

Window-Links    embed-image

Saving The File

Select "scale strokes and effects". Edit >Preferences>General> Scale strokes and effects. 

To save files with placed images, embed the images. Window>Links>"name of image">embed image

Images, eps, or tiff, should be at least 125 dpi at full size. Save as Native Illustrator document (.ai) Name the file with your company name and date, (, or your order number.


  1. Name file with company name and date, or order number.
  2. File is to size. (Bleeds add 1/4" to each side, outside of image area)
  3. Colors in RGB format. 
  4. All text converted to outlines
  5. When laying out the design, make sure graphics and text are not close to the edges allow at least 1.25" to edges of the banner.

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

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