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Quark File Guidelines

Guidelines for Quark

Note - we do not work inQuark, your final version should be a file that we can open in Adobe Illustrator or Indesign, export as an .eps file.

When You Set Up Your Document

Give your file a name that is easy to associate with your job.
Since Quark will not take a document size larger than 48" you will have to set your document up at a percentage of the final banner size. Take into consideration how the banner will be finished, generally, do not place any key design elements within 1.5" from any sewn edge. For more information on banner finishing styles 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
Where possible, specify PMS numbers to be used in the objects in your layout

Outline The Fonts
Since it is not possible to outline fonts in Quark it isimperative that you carefully proof read your copy. It is difficult to edit type once it has been saved as an eps or PDF file.

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

Place images as you normally would, remember you are working at half size so you will need images that are about 600 dpi to yield a 150 dpi out put at the full size.
See the information on color space in the Photoshop page for more on how to set up your bitmap images.

Saving The File
When your layout is finalizedconver it into an eps or export as a PDF.

Select “Save Page As EPS” from the file menu.

Be sure to proof-read your layout carefully. While it is possible to edit a Quark generated eps in Adobe Illustrator or in Freehand (with the assistance of the “PS EditLink” xtra) text breaks between kerning pairs—making it extremely difficult to edit a line of text.

Print your layout to make sure it does not cause a PostScript error. You can do this by importing it back into a Quark document and printing that document.

If you have Illustrator or Freehand open your eps file and convert the text to outlines. That will absolutely insure that your layout will not suffer any text reflow problem. It also elimates any cross-platform font issues.

Name the file with your company name and date, (, or your order number.

If time allows, send a color proof on the layout.


  • Name file with company name and date, or order number.
  • File will scale up to the correct image area you want. (Bleeds add 1/4" to each side, outside of image area)
  • Colors in RGB format.
  • Save as EPS or PDF
  • 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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