File setup specifications



Layout tips File prep tips Program tips Q & A
mac user design
Mac Users
windows user design
Windows Users


File Formats:

We can print directly from your file or we can create the artwork for you.

At OcSigns.com, there are basically two methods of sign production:

1). Vinyl lettering and graphics
(computer cut vinyl - solid spot colors)

2). Printed process
(digital prints using ink, dye, toner, resin or silk screen process)

Usually the process of production determines the type of artwork setup.

What determines the method of sign production?

Budget
Overall size of the sign
Number of colors used
Quantity of signs needed
Quality of artwork
Duration of use
Type of material
Other misc. factors.

In some instances, at a savings to you, we will use a combination
of computer cut vinyl and digital printing.

If at this point you are unsure of the production method we will use,
please contact one of our knowledgeable customer sales representatives at
(866) 267-4467 to guide you through this process.

General Layout Tips: 

Letter visibility chart
Viewing distance Minimum required
letter height
(inches)
100 ft 4"
250 ft 10"
360 ft (city block) 16"
500 ft 22"
750 ft 33"
1000 ft. 43"
1320 ft. (1/4 mile) 57"

For printed images try to design images approximately 70-150 dpi at
full size, this will ensure the maximum output quality.

Computer cut vinyl lettering and graphics:

Many of our signs utilize the computer cut vinyl lettering method of production (vehicle lettering, window lettering, real estate signs, some non-photographic banners, do-it-yourself lettering, trade show signs and others) using vector based file formats.

When using computer cut vinyl method of production, all artwork must be vector based (object oriented art). These files, are usually created in drawing or illustration programs such as Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, Corel Draw, and all sign making programs. Common file extensions for these drawing programs are .ai, vector .eps, .cdr., .dxf, and wmf. When preparing artwork in vector format, see saving vector files for proper formatting.

If your not sure of what type of file type is needed to produce your sign,
please call Quick Signs (OCSigns.com) art department at
1
(866) 267-4467 for additional assistance.


Computer generated digital printing:

When we are using the computer generated digital printing method of production (4-color printing, gradation fading, multiple colors, specific color matching, photo printing, small decals, complicated logos, detailed clip art), artwork can be designed as vector based (see above) or bitmap (raster art).

Bitmap artwork is usually created in programs such as Adobe Photoshop, PhotoPaint, Corel Paint, Windows Paint, MacPaint and many other "paint" or "photo editing" programs. Usually the file extensions for these programs are tif, bmp, gif, jpeg, eps, pcx, etc. If you need help on preparing any of these file formats, please call our Quick Signs (OCSigns.com) art department for assistance (866) 267-4467.

Saving vector files: Our preferred file format is Adobe Illustrator. When saving files in vector format (outline format), dpi is only limited to the output device. File size is constant regardless of the size of the image. Because vector based programs use mathematical algorithmic calculations to determine size and shape, file size is usually small and these files can usually be e-mailed quickly.

If your not sure of what type of file type is needed to produce your sign,
please call Quick Signs (OCSigns.com) art department at
1
(866) 267-4467 for additional assistance.


Saving bitmap files: Bitmap files are created when an image is scanned, taken from a digital camera or created in a bitmap editing program such as Adobe PhotoShop, Corel Photo Paint, Mac Paint, Windows Paint, and many other paint and photo programs.

These files are primarily used for digital printing and are resolution dependent. The resolution of the artwork effects the crispness of detail and fineness of grain in an image. For satisfactory results of computer generated digital printing, the resolution should be set between 50 and 150 dpi at full size. Lower resolution can cause pixelization. Higher resolution has little effect on overall quality and greatly increases file size. The dpi size decision is determined by overall output size and viewing distance of proposed sign. Resolutions lower than 50dpi may exhibit pixelization, often called "jaggies". Bitmap files can be very large in size and are usually sent by e-mail only when saved as a compressed .jpeg format.

Color Info: When assigning a spot color. Use a pantone color. We will attempt to make the closest color match.

If your not sure of what type of file type is needed to produce your sign,
please call Quick Signs (OCSigns.com) art department at
1
(866) 267-4467 for additional assistance.


Media info: We can accept MAC and PC high density 3-1/2" diskettes, DVD's and CD's. You can compress PC files by using any PC based self-extracting compression utility or WinZip. We cannot accept compressed MAC files (stuff it) at this time, we suggest the .zip file format if your need file compression.

Currently E-mail is the easiest, fastest, and most reliable method of transfrring files.

Mac Users:

 Mac Users

caution design

Important!

Convert all text to curves, we can not read mac fonts.


If you are creating the file on a MAC, the file needs to be saved as an Adobe Illustrator or EPS format. All text must be "converted to curves" or "outlines". We cannot read Mac fonts. If you are creating artwork for computer cut vinyl lettering or graphics, the most compatible format is Adobe Illustrator.

Files created in publishing programs like Quark or PageMaker generally will not output. It is best to use an illustration or drawing program such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw for Mac.

If your not sure of what type of file type is needed to produce your sign,
please call Quick Signs (OCSigns.com) art department at
1
(866) 267-4467 for additional assistance.


Popular Programs (PC/MAC)
- Adobe Illustrator
- Adobe PageMaker
- Adobe Photoshop
- Aldus (Macromedia) Freehand
- Corel Draw
- Corel Photo Paint
- Microsoft Power Point
- Microsoft Word
- Quark Express

If you are creating your artwork in any of these programs, please follow the procedures to ensure successful output of our sign and./or graphics.

Adobe Illustrator (PC and MAC) - This seems to be the best all around program for signs graphics. All text must be converted to outlines. We cannot read Mac fonts. For computer cut vinyl lettering and graphics, all vector files must be single layer only - that is, no overlapping layers. When viewing in preview mode, no lines can crisscross example of vector qualities. All objects of a given color must be welded together. Gradations cannot be imported for vinyl cutting as vinyl is cut as a solid shape (spot color). Gradations require a digital print proces. Gradations many times can cause problems when importing into our programs, to avoid these problems please save as .ai and we will convert to bitmap format in our sign making programs. We are currently running Illustrator version CS2


Adobe PageMaker - PC and MAC) At this time we are unable to accept PageMaker files. Files created in PageMaker generally do not output files in a format that we can use. It is best to use an illustration or graphics creation program such as Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw.

Adobe PhotoShop - (PC and MAC) Save image fullsize at 90-150 dpi as PhotoShop .tif, or .jpeg . If you are going to email the file to us, save file as .jpeg. at quality level 10-11.
We are currently running PhotoShop version CS2.


Corel Draw - (PC and MAC) All text must be converted to curves (outlines) or we may be unable to read your fonts. For Computer cut vinyl lettering and graphics, all vector files must be single layer only - that is, no overlapping layers. When viewing in wire frame mode, no lines can crisscross example of vector qualities. All objects of a given color must be welded together. Gradations cannot be imported for vinyl cutting as vinyl is cut as a solid shape (spot color).

Gradations require a digital print process. Gradations many times can cause problems when importing into programs, to avoid these problems please export as .ai and we will convert to bitmap in our sign making programs. Please make sure that all text is converted to curves (located on menu bar under arrange in Corel program).

Corel Photo Paint - Save image as .tif or High resolution jpeg.
(we are currently running Corel ver. 9.0)

Microsoft PowerPoint - Save as Power point format. Note: Quality of placed picture (if any) is dependent on the resolution of the original file (if file is a bitmap). In some instances we have had a problem with converting PowerPoint files. If you need help on preparing any of these file formats, please call our Quick Signs
(OCSigns.com) art department for assistance 1 (866) 267-4467.


Microsoft Word - Since signs can not be produced using this program, it is not the most reliable format. We need to cut the text and paste into drawing programs. When we do this font problems can occur.

Quark Express - Mac format not supported. Files need to be exported as .eps. Before sending artwork make sure illustrator can open file.

Need Help ? 
Give Quick Signs (OCSigns.com) a call.

(866) 267-4467

Who are we? OCsigns

OCsigns.com, is an internet sales, marketing and production specializing in custom vinyl banners, digital print banners, magnetic signs, large format printing, computer cut vinyl lettering, and decals. OCsigns has been a leader in the signs and graphics industry for over 24 years. Utilizing state of the art computer aided banner and sign making equipment, we produce full color indoor and outdoor signs, banners and decals in any size, color and quantity to meet your needs on time and on budget. Contact OCsigns.com and put our banner, decal and sign solution experts to work for you.