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What file types can LBC use?

We have the ability to handle file types from virtually every popular software package available. Some examples below:

  • PDF (Adobe PDF – Vector/raster)
  • AI (Adobe Illustrator – Vector)
  • CDR (Corel Draw – Vector)
  • PSD (Adobe Photoshop – Raster)
  • EPS (Encapsulated Postscript – Vector and Raster)
  • All popular image formats such as BMP, TIFF, GIF, JPEG, WMF

Are there any other file requirements?

For vector files, we prefer:

  • All fonts be converted to “curves”, as this will avoid the very slim possibility that we may not have your chosen font (typeface).
  • DPI has very little effect of vector files, and 150 to 300 dpi is fine.

For raster files, we prefer:

  • All fonts (typefaces) be converted to raster.
  • A DPI of 300, or higher, at the “output size”.
  • Many advise against this practice, because files can get large, but we feel is best for you to supply the highest DPI that you can. (PLEASE do not resample or increase the DPI of your image – it only causes problems) We will adjust the DPI, as required by our equipment.

What file types do you prefer?

Whenever possible, we prefer the file in its originating format AND an additional in a “standard” format, for the job required.

The TIFF format is “lossless”, where as JPEG (JPG) is “lossy” – and loses some valuable image information (colours), during compression. When possible, TIFF is better.

What is vector artwork?

Vector artwork is essentially artwork that is created using lines, unlike a photo or a picture, which is considered a raster image. Our file listing above tells what files and software outputs vector and raster artwork.

All I have is a photo or a copy of what I want, can it be used?

99 percent of the time, yes. There are occasions that require what we term as “clean-up”, in order to achieve the necessary and desired quality. If “clean-up” is required, additional charges may be necessary, of which we always notify you in advance.

Crisp, laser produced artwork is best for copied vector art.

Original, undamaged photos are best for raster art.

The artwork I have is blurry or damaged, can it be used?

There are some limitations to what we able to do, but they are very few. Very often we can use what you have, but it is decided on a “case-by-case” basis, and some additional charges may apply.

I have a picture from the web, can it be used?

Sadly – No. In an effort to save space and download/viewing speeds, web photos are very low resolution photos, which may or may not help for reference but not of enough quality for print production.

Can LBC restore photos?

Depending on the degradation, yes – we can. This is decided on a “case-by-case” basis, and sometimes can cost more than the restoration is worth – but it can also be inexpensive for that very special photo.