Art Policy

File Formats

We accept files from most graphic design software, including:

  • Adobe Illustrator CS4 (.ai)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS4 (.psd)
  • Adobe In Design CS4 (.indd)
  • QuarkXpress 7 (.qxd)
  • Macromedia FreeHand MX (.fh)
  • Corel Draw X3 (.cdr)

We can also accept files in the following formats:

  • .eps
  • .pdf
  • .jpg (as long as it is high resolution of at least 300dpi)
  • .tif

We can also accept files from the programs listed below, but these programs may not provide you with the quality that you would like. We strongly urge you to use a design or layout program such as one of the Adobe products.

  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint

If you are using one of these programs please try to convert your file to a pdf. You can download a free pdf creator here. Please submit any fonts and images you used in your file as well. There may be a delay or design charges if we cannot get your file to open correctly.

If you do not see your file type listed, please give us a call and we will be happy to discuss options regarding your artwork submission at 1-800-691-7867 or email us at


General Guidelines

Resolution – All images used in your art file should be at least 300dpi (dots per inch). Images with a resolution lower than 300dpi may cause the image to look blurry or pixilated. Images taken from the internet are typically at a resolution of 72dpi. This works well to display on your computer monitor, but this resolution is too low to produce a quality printed piece. There are exceptions to this, such as if your image came from a stock image site or something similar. Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions on your image. See images below.


High Resolution (300dpi)

Low Resolution (72dpi / internet image)


Bleed – All art files need to have .125” (1/8”) bleed on all sides. Your submitted file should be .25” (1/4”) larger than the product size that you are purchasing (i.e. 4”x6” postcard would require a 4.25” x 6.25” art file). See diagram below.

Safe Area – Any images or text critical to your design should not extend past the safe area, which is .125” (1/8”) inside the cut line to avoid being cut off when the finished piece is trimmed. See diagram below.

Click here to download product design templates


Full Color – Art files that are submitted should be saved in CMYK to help ensure color accuracy. Any files submitted as RGB or PMS colors will be converted to CMYK and there may be some color shifts due to variances in the color modes (illustrated in the images below). Please see our glossary for definitions of CMYK, RGB and PMS.


CMYK image

RGB image


Spot Color – Art files should be submitted in PMS colors with PMS numbers provided.


Fonts – If you are working in a vector program such as Illustrator, Freehand, or CorelDraw, all text must be converted to outlines or paths depending on your program. If you are using a different program, please submit all fonts used in your file with your artwork.


Variable Imaging – Variable text fields should be identified with brackets around the variable information. Also, the header title from the applicable mailing list column should be typed in the proper font and size between the brackets. See example below.


<variable #>


No drop shadows, strokes, or outlines should be applied to variable text.


Graphic Design Services® offers graphic design services backed by an award winning design team of creative specialists seasoned in all areas of print and custom graphic design. We strive to deliver graphic design services with the goal of turning your ideas into functional marketing masterpieces. To that end, we work with you to create unique and effective custom graphic design solutions for brand development and total print material design.


The® design team provides graphic design services large or small, spot to full color for small businesses and large corporations. Our graphic design services have ranged from single page flyers to custom graphic design for airplanes! Our graphic design services and printing expertise combine to enable us to create effective communications based on real world printing capabilities and costs - for you.


Please feel free to contact us for a FREE initial consultation or for additional information. Simply complete our Design Project Questionnaire and we will contact you within 24 business hours to discuss your project. You can also call us directly at 1-800-My1Stop (800-691-7867) or email us at and we'll be ready to assist you and answer any of your questions.


Download Product Design Templates® templates have been saved as pdf files and are intended to be used with Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, and Adobe InDesign. If you don't see your application listed, you may want to consider using our custom graphic design services.


To use our templates, simply locate the product you are designing and download the appropriate size or select a product template from our menu. Open the template in one of the applications above (Be sure to import the file at 300dpi). Create your artwork and save your file as an .eps or .pdf for upload (Be sure to delete the template layer before creating your finished file).

Click here to download product design templates