Artwork Policy

Alpha Specialties and Awards prefers only vector artwork with fonts converted to outlines or paths. If you are not sure of the type of artwork you have, please contact us, before sending your artwork. We accept artwork on CD, DVD and e-mail. We support the following software for Windows:

  • Adobe Illustrator CS5 or older versions
  • CorelDraw X6 or older versions
  • Adobe Acrobat

NOTE: When e-mailing your artwork to us, please make sure to include your order number in the subject line of your e-mail. If revised art is sent, it is the responsibility of the customer to advise Alpha Specialties and Awards of the new art. Changes to previously sent artwork must be clearly identified as new art to ensure use of the correct artwork.

We accept the following file types:

  • Vector Files with fonts converted to outlines or paths (this is our preferred file type)
  • EPS Vector files with fonts converted to outlines or paths
  • PDF Vector Files with fonts included
  • TIFF Files with a minimum of 300 DPI resolution
  • JPG Files with a minimum of 300 DPI resolution

Microsoft electronic files are not acceptable as artwork. Black and White artwork, from high-resolution laser printers can sometimes be used as camera-ready artwork; however it is not a preferred method for artwork submission.

Camera-Ready Artwork:

Camera-Ready art is artwork that can be scanned without further preparation or changes. Halftones (screens) should be avoided. We will accept camera-ready artwork that is already separated or that includes black line work to separate each color. Camera-Ready art should be clean, black, and crisp on a smooth white background that requires little or no touch-up. Artwork should be submitted to size. We do not accept Camera-Ready artwork that needs to be enlarged. If appropriate quality or size specifications are not met, an art charge will apply. This will be determined once artwork is received.

The Following Artwork is Not Considered Camera-Ready:

Drawings, letterhead, photocopies, business cards, faxes and low resolution printed artwork that is not 1200 dpi and / or 200% larger than the actual size to be imprinted.

Artwork Charges:

If art requirements are not met, art time will be billed at $25.00 per hour with a minimum 1 hour charge. Customer will be responsible for charges due to artwork Clean-Up or Rework deemed necessary to meet production standards.