Vector Ready Artwork
What is Vector (camera ready) Art?
- We use what is called "vector" or "camera ready art" to print your job right.
- You can send us any format you have. However, if you send a bitmap image, we may have to redraw the file for you into camera ready/vector art format.
What is Vector based art?
-- Vector art is made from lines, and is sometimes called 'camera-ready' art. Files with .eps, .ai, and sometimes .pdf are typical vector art files.
-- Pixel or bitmap art is made from small squares or dots, and is more common. Files with .jpg, .png, .bmp are typical bitmap art files.
- Most imprinting and laser engraving requires vector based art to be able to give you the best quality output or to create a screen for screen printing.
- One feature of vector art is that it can be resized without losing quality.
What file types are Vector based?
Typical Vector File Formats: .ai, .cdr, and .eps - These files require a graphics program (such as CorelDraw or Adobe Illustrator)
Typical Bitmap File Formats: .gif, .jpg, .tiff, .bmp, .png
Saving a bitmap (IE jpg or gif ) as an .eps or .ai file does NOT convert it to vector, it remains a bitmap. It is better to send the original .jpg file to redraw than to save the jpg as an eps file.
- To change a bitmap to vector format, the art has to be redrawn by a graphic artist. There are some software packages that can do simple logos without a manual redraw, but they are usually less than accurate when it comes to fonts and details.
- We can redraw your logo for you, our art redrawing charge is just $20 (others charge $50!). This charge is for our graphic artist to manually redraw your logo to camera ready vector based art.
- We typically can redraw a bitmap and have it ready for your review in 1 day.
- This only needs to be done one time on your first order. Once we have it in vector, we can use it on any promotional product in the future.