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Art Work Requirements for Full Color Print

If you will be providing a logo or other custom artwork for your Outdoor CDG product (full color banners or yard signs) , please read the following requirements concerning file types, sizes and colors.

To accurately reproduce graphics, the customer must provide the original vector source file used to create the graphic. A source file is created using a graphics software program such as Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, or CorelDraw. Macintosh-specific source files are not supported by CDG.

Each program generates a file with a specific extension:

Adobe Illustrator .ai    

Adobe Photoshop .psd        graphicname.psd

CorelDraw .cdr                      graphicname.cdr

.eps and .pdf can also contain vector information. Please provide these files if they are available.

Source File Requirements

  • Graphics are often copied from the Internet. They typically end in the file extension .jpg or .gif.
    These are not source files and do not meet the above specifications.

  • Enlarging a 2" x 3" .jpg or other file type to life size does not render the file a source file.

  • Changing the graphics file extension does not result in a source file. The graphic will retain its poor quality and the file may become corrupt.


Original File NameRenamed file Extension



To produce your graphics at the highest quality, you will need to provide us with ready-for-print, high-resolution artwork which has been created at your particular sign’s print size. Simply enlarging artwork to a sign’s print size is not acceptable as this this results in a loss of image resolution and therefore a significant reduction of your sign’s graphics quality as well.

Send us your finished artwork in either PSD (single layer), EPS, TIFF or PDF. The RGB color mode is required to enable us to accurately produce your original colors. Keep in mind that it is your responsibility prior to submitting your artwork to ensure that duplication of your image or any part of your image is not a violation of any copyright.


Source File Requirements

We will inform you if your submitted artwork does not meet our size and/or resolution specifications so you can resolve these issues and allow your project to continue. However, if you would rather our team of graphic artists create artwork for you, we will gladly provide you with an artwork service quote. Your service quote will be based on considerations such as anticipated labor time, level of complexity and total number of images requested. Hand-drawn images, photographs, digital scans, low resolution graphics, etc. require significantly more time to process than flat art (such as a high-resolution logo) and will incur the highest service charges.

Our Art Department is skilled in creating computer generated art and is committed to providing the best possible graphics for your new sign. If the original source file is unavailable please send us every version of the file you have. The Art Department will render the graphics as close to what you have provided as possible with images from our directory.

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