Guidelines for Photoshop
When You Set Up Your Document
Give your file a name that is easy to associate
with your job.
Be sure to allow for finishing of the banner, keep important design elements
at lease 1 1/2" from any sewn edge. For more information on banner
finishing styles see satin banner
finishing, poly duck and vinyl banner finishing.
We prefer to have files
in RGB color.
Using Photoshop for layouts that contain text is not recommended. If the
file is not saved as an eps to include vector data, then the text will
print with fuzzy edges. If you are an advanced Photoshop user in versions
7 and/or CS and know how to save your text as vector data, then you can
avoid this problem. If you are not familiar with this, then it is best
to use a different application like Illustrator, Freehand or Corel Draw
to lay out your text and import your Photoshop images into them.
Working in RGB mode in Photoshop will enable you to utilize
more of the filters supplied in the application. Except for Wide Format
jobs, any RGB Photoshop (including EPS, TIFF, PSD) files must be converted
to CMYK before sending to print.
When saving a file as a Photoshop EPS, never check the
button for “Postscript Color Management”.
Placing Bitmap Files
Use this step if your file contains any bitmap images.
Tiff (.tiff), EPS (.eps) Large file, JPEG. (.jpg) Not recommended
Photoshop is generally where you create and edit your
images to be placed in any of the drawing programs.
Our Wide Format Inkjet printers contain very bright inks. When preparing
files for Wide Format output, we recommend you keep your scans in RGB.
If you convert from RGB to CMYK, you could be throwing out brighter colors
that could have made your Wide Format job brighter and more saturated.
Following are some guidelines for preparing files for Wide Format Production:
If your scans contain very bright, saturated colors and have
been scanned in RGB, leave them in RGB. Work in the “Adobe RGB”
color space in Photoshop. Save the file as a Photoshop EPS with Binary
encoding. Don’t save the RGB file as a TIFF if you will be placing
it in any page layout application. Embed the Adobe RGB profile when saving.
If your scans contain muted colors, skin tones, subjects
where bright exaggerated colors would be undesirable, a CMYK workflow
is better. Unless you have a high-end scanner that can give you great
CMYK conversions, you’ll probably be scanning in RGB. Once you’re
through the scanning process, you’ll want to convert to CMYK before
placing or importing the file into any page layout program. We recommend
you work in the “US Sheet fed Coated v2” color space for converting
from RGB to CMYK. Embed the profile when saving.
Keep in mind that converting from RGB to CMYK will cause
brighter colors to be lost permanently. Therefore, the original RGB scan
should be saved for future projects. This is a common workflow and is
useful if you use an image that will be output on several different output
You can save CMYK Photoshop work in either TIFF or EPS
If you are working with RGB Photoshop files, they MUST
be saved as binary encoded Photoshop EPS’ before placing into any
page layout application. When saving a file as a Photoshop EPS, never
check the button for “Postscript Color Management”.
Important: If your scans are already in CMYK, leave them
in CMYK; don’t convert them from CMYK to RGB.
Saving The File
Do not flatten you Photoshop document. If we get all the layer information
it will be possible to adjust colors if need be without affecting all
the elements of the design
Save the file to size at 150 dpi, for large
format printing higher resolutions are not necessary.
Name the file with your company name and date, (XYZcompany-mm-dd-yy.ai),
or your order number.
Name file with company name and date, or order number.
File is to size for banner image area. (Bleeds add 1/4" to each side,
outside of image area)
Colors in RGB format, CMYK for muted colors, skin tones.
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 or they can be hired to produce
or adjust layouts for you.