Flexographic Art File Guidelines

//Flexographic Art File Guidelines
Flexographic Art File Guidelines2019-06-26T09:48:22-05:00

APPLICATIONS & FILE TYPES

  • Adobe Illustrator (preferred)
  • PDF (2nd choice)
  • Adobe EPS – can sometimes encounter limitations
  • Adobe InDesign – can sometimes encounter limitations
  • Adobe Photoshop – can sometimes encounter limitations

FILE PACKAGING

  • Include all fonts (including fonts used in supporting files) or convert type to outlines.
  • Include all supporting files/links (for example – layered PSD files, Tiffs, jpegs).
  • If possible, include a PDF export of your artwork so that we can see all elements that need to print.

SUBMIT FILES

  • TQL will provide customers with secure access to our Sharefile system where files can be uploaded and reviewed.  Email and customer FTP/dropbox sites are also options.

BAR CODE SPECIFICATIONS

  • UPC Standards: 80% minimum size
  • Barcodes are recommended to be printed in black.
  • Barcode orientation can vary by package type.

LAYOUT

  • Text minimums: Positive Printing: 4 point | Reverse Printing: 5 point & bold
  • Line minimums: Positive Printing: 0.4 point | Reverse Printing: 0.5 point
  • Set Document Raster Settings to High (300 ppi) in Illustrator
  • Ensure white is not set to overprint.
  • Ensure PMS colors are not set to 0%.

TRAPPING

  • Please avoid trapping.  Trapping will be performed by our art department.

IMAGES / LINKS

  • All images are a minimum of 300 dpi.
  • All images are CMYK, or Grayscale.
  • Maintain layers in all Photoshop images when applicable.

GRADIENTS

  • Gradients and images should carry a minimum of one percent dot to avoid drop offs.
  • Process color and spot color gradients need to be built using separate elements that are multiplied (over-print).

COLOR & SWATCHES

  • Four color process printing should be limited to use in images/photos. Use of PMS colors is preferred for text.
  • Note: Pantone® colors are used for the most accurate color matching.
  • Swatches pallet should consist of Pantone® Solid Coated Library.