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Artwork Specification

We prefer vector art (Illustrator CS, CS2, CS3) with all imported graphics and fonts. Any other files in other programs (Adobe Freehand, Adobe InDesign CS2, CS3, Quark Xpress 6.5, 7.0, Adobe Photoshop) will need conversion to be compatible with our system. In addition, we require a soft proof PDF for viewing.

Layout Requirements

All fonts must be included in the file. To prevent conflicts, it is recommended to outline all fonts.

Document setup should be set to final trim size.

Type and images must not print closer than 1/16” to the dieline unless it is bleeding beyond the edge of the label.

If there are bleeds, they must be 1/16” past the dieline. (click on label example to left)

Minimum type size: We determine this on a “per job basis”. We will suggest adjustments needed in order for the text to be legible.

Any imported images need to be embedded in the document.

Image / Color Requirements

All embedded images (EPS, JPG, TIFF, BMP, PSD) must be high resolution. We recommend 300dpi. Anything less may result in poor quality. If JPEG compression is used, please set it to maximum quality.

All images must be assigned CMYK not RGB. (Note: Digital cameras save images as RGB. These images will need to be converted to CMYK before embedding.)

Pantone colors will automatically convert to CMYK. There will be a shift in color.

Metallic colors like pantone 877 silver and pantone 871 gold will not have a metallic luster like traditional metallic ink.

We recommend taking advantage of our digital press proof for an accurate representation of color and content.


Stickler USA

Custom digital products label printing solutions
2620 West 84 Street Miami, Broward, Florida
Phone: (954) 358-4599

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