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Nashville Wraps® Custom Printed Packaging Art Submission Guidelines
What is a TIF file?
TIF (or TIFF) files are "Tag Image File Format" files. It is a widely used bitmapped graphics file format generated by many scanners and programs. A Bitmap image (also called Raster or Paint image) is made of pixels (dots) in a grid. Each pixel or "bit" in the image contains information about the color to be displayed. Bitmap images have a fixed resolution and cannot be resized without losing image quality. Bitmapped graphics become ragged when you enlarge them. You cannot increase the resolution of a scan or art file after it has been created. 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 TIF files*
Create a New document with the "Width" and "Height" settings equal to your imprint size. We will provide the size needed when you place your order. Be sure to select "inches" when entering these settings.
Use a "Resolution" setting of 600 pixels/inch or more. These settings are critical to the quality of your imprinted product.
Under "Mode" use the "Bitmap" selection.
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. Please note that if you are using an existing layered file with text, you do not need to rasterize your type. Instead send the layered file with the Text converted to shapes: In the "Layers" palette, select the Text Layer to be converted. In the Layer Menu, select Layer/Type/Convert to Shape
Save your file with the .tif file extension (.psd is also acceptable).
*Your file must be one color: black. Any graphics embedded in the file must be created with a high resolution of 600ppi or more and be "Bitmap" mode.