As the Art Director at Signature Packaging Group USA, we can design-create electronic artwork. HOWEVER, it is preferred we are provided final electronic art allow us to preflight and go straight to making print proofs.
Over the years we have moved from the Macintosh based computer system to PC based computer systems. Art is stored by customer name or job name on server allowing for modifications if changes occur +/- 24 months after a custom run. This includes custom bags, pouches, boxes, labels, booklet cards and travel tumblers. Art services are charged at an hourly rate with a 10 minute minimum.
If you request art services from us we high prefer PC Adobe Illustrator files Saved As .ai with any and all photos or images attached and in .eps or .tif format typically created or edited in Adobe Photoshop. Images for press print need to be 300 dpi or higher, no .gif or low resolution .jpg files. Further, we do prefer you convert fonts to Outlines requiring no fonts with the artwork you send. Customers may still send rough concept art, or art in black and white laser print however, please note there will be time added for artwork recreation.
Some of our products, mainly labels have a selection of stock ink colors however, we commonly suggest and refer to the Pantone Matching System (PMS) color number or a sample you supply.
Templates for custom bags, custom zipper pouches, custom labels, custom booklet cards and custom travel tumblers are available by request with pending order or strong intent of ordering and can be sent you or your artist via e-mail.
After faxing, or e-mailing you signed Order Confirmation we seldom proceed until you sign off on art proofs. Proofing is often send via FedEx for review and a release signature within 10 business days. Once it is approved we will proceed having no responsibility typing errors, incorrect information, etc. Proofs will not be generated until all order processes are complete which includes receipt of custom print security deposits.
METHODS OF ARTWORK DELIVERY:
1.) Burn and send a CD or DVD. Send by courier for tracking, if necessary.
2.) Use our FAST File Uploader on files under 2MB, over 2MB will fail.
3.) FTP upload. Call (888) 901-BAGS (2247) to request a link to upload your files. (5MB)
4.) You may also attempt e-mail to: firstname.lastname@example.org
UPC / BARCODES:
We can help create the barcode HOWEVER, you must apply and forward the assigned digits to us.
We try to upgrade software annually to keep up with current revision levels
Adobe Illustrator v10 through v12 up to C15 – the graphics program we use most, meeting all of our requirements for drawing, typesetting, distortion and step & repeating. If you have Illustrator version 6 through 10 or CS2 on either Mac or PC, we should be able to use your file(s).
Adobe Photoshop v14.0 through v11 up to CS15 – the photo or image editing program we use most. Do not send scans as supplied artwork.
WinZip up to v11 – the preferred method of compressing large art files to transfer via e-mail.
Adobe Acrobat v6.0 – is often used for viewing and sending supplied print/art files. *Cannot always be accepted as supplied art.
CUSTOMER SUPPLIED ART CONSIDERATIONS:
For artwork to be considered “supplied”, it must be supplied on a compatible electronic file, 100% – 1:1 size as quoted. Artwork should appear as it is to print. Any last minute copy changes, size changes, corrections, etc. will be charged as an hourly art charge.
Also, make sure you give us a copy, not your only artwork files. Retain an original of your artwork.
EXAMPLE OF TEMPLATES:
Below are three (3) sizes of bottom gusset pouch templates. The 8 OZ. template shows you a front layout and finished product.