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Provide logos as a "vector' file format, i.e. Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand or CorelDraw. These can be scaled for almost any size without loss of quality.
Better Gradients in Adobe Illustrator
Printing large format graphics with gradients made in Illustrator can produce banding effects.
But there are some steps you can take to minimize banding.
Save the file as an EPS.
These settings will maximize what Illustrator can do with a gradient blend. But, will not eliminate the possibility of banding for really big graphics.
Basically, if you see banding in the art on your monitor it will show up in the print.
If this doesn't work, try Photoshop.
Create your gradient effect in Photoshop at a high resolution setting, minimum of 150 pixels per inch at final size.
Then place that image in your Illustrator document. Some effects work better with this approach.
If color is critical, supply a color printout and/or PMS (Pantone Matching System) color references for color matching.
Flattened files (usually saved as JPEG's) and files with embedded images can only be color corrected for the overall graphic.
This sometimes causes "crossover" where one color shifts while correcting for another. We cannot fix crossover without extensive digital editing time and charges.
To avoid crossover in colors, provide files in their native software format with layers and appropriate support files. Don't "save as" something else.
Electronic proofs of your "print-ready" files included.
Electronic proofs only confirm content not color. Due do the lack of color calibration in between monitors, electronic proofs are not accurate for color matches.
If we create or change your artwork, you'll get an electronic proof for approval via e-mail.
Physical proofs are provided upon request at an additional charge.
ACI Design, Inc.
1003-A Forsyth Avenue
Indian Trail, North Carolina 28079
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