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Nashville Wraps® Custom Printed Packaging Art Submission Guidelines
What is an AI file?
AI files are "Adobe Illustrator" files, representing an Illustrator vector drawing. Photoshop, Corel Draw, Fireworks, Freehand and Flash also have this file format option available under the File/Save As or File/Export menus. A Vector image is made up of many individual, scalable objects. These objects are defined by mathematical equations, rather than pixels (as Bitmap images are) so they always render at the highest quality. Because they're scalable, vector-based images are resolution independent. You can increase and decrease the size of vector images to any degree and your lines will remain crisp and sharp, both on screen and in print.
Please read the following tips closely so that your artwork meets our requirements. Customer art files not meeting our requirements will incur art charges when it becomes necessary to convert a file to an acceptable format.
Tips to Remember when Creating AI files*
Create your artwork. Your artwork should be black text/logo on a white background. Do not use halftones (gray areas), reverse text (white text on black), fine lines (less than one point), intricate details, photos, shading or embossing.
Make your type legible: the edges should be clear and the letters must not touch. Type cannot be smaller than 10 point when the art is reduced to the final plate size/imprint size. Small script type does not reproduce well. Type that is not legible will appear as a solid filled-in area on the printed product.
All text in your file must be converted to outlines (or Curves, Paths, or Fills depending on the program you are using). We cannot use your text if it is not converted. After you set your type, use the "Pointer" tool to select your type, then in the Type Menu, select Type/Create Outlines.
Save your file with the .ai file extension (.pdf and .eps are also acceptable).
*Any graphics embedded in the .AI file must be created with a high resolution of 600ppi or more and be "Bitmap" mode. Embedded graphics should be sized as closely to the actual print size as possible. We will provide the size needed when you place your order.