Here are some guidelines for graphics files, so that our work would be smooth and the printout would be high-quality.
Following the guidelines below, while sending us graphics files, will accelerate the production process because there will be fewer questions regarding the design. In addition, it improves the quality of printout because not all files enable high-quality printout.
We prefer vector graphics over raster graphics because images in vector graphics do not get jagged when enlarged.
We prefer the following vector graphics formats:
- PDF (Adobe Portable Document Format)
- CDR (CorelDRAW)
- AI (Adobe Illustrator)
- EPS (Encapsulated PostScript)
- PS (PostScript)
If you don't have vector graphics of your design then we prefer the following raster graphics formats:
- TIFF (Tagged Image File Format)
- PNG (Portable Network Graphics)
- JPEG (JPEG image)
- GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)
- PSD (Adobe Photoshop)
- CPT (Corel Photo-Paint)
When sending us vector graphics files, please make sure that all text is converted to curves. It will ensure that text will look the same in all computers. Text objects not converted to curves will require fonts for correct appearance. We may not have the fonts used in your design which will result in wrong appearance of text in our computers. Some formats such as PDF enable font embedding, but even then it's safer to convert text objects to curves.
The color model used should be CMYK if possible. A lot of digital printing machines use CMYK colors. Therefore colors in RGB color space will eventually have to be converted to CMYK colors. The end result may not be what you had in mind and to make matters worse, many colors displayable on computer screen (RGB colors) are just impossible to achieve on printout (CMYK colors).
Spot colors should be specified via Pantone color tables. The exact colors are hard if not impossible to achieve in printout, but Pantone color codes will help us get pretty close.
Whenever possible, the size of the graphics should be 1:1.
The resolution of raster graphics should be at least 90 dpi. Anything less and the printout may appear jagged. It's important to avoid artificially incrementing the resolution which result in a blurry image. Jagged but sharp image is usually better than a blurry image.
Flags in outside conditions
About the endurance of pole flags in outside conditions.
We buy our fabrics from Georg + Otto Friedrich GmbH which gives our products good durability.
Pole flags usually last from 3 to 10 months, depending on location and weather conditions.
Pole flags are damaged by wind, the sun, and the pollution in the air. The sun makes flags brittle and wind shreds. In the cities there is an additional problem of air pollution which stains. Flags beside roads may have to be replaced already after 2 or 3 months because the stains from city air pollution are hard if not impossible to wash off.
You can prolong the life of your flag by taking it down in stormy weather. By not keeping the flag up day and night also prolongs it's lifetime. Same applies to pole pennants as well.