Creating Artwork

Starboard lets you create artwork for many of our display products and submit that art along with your order. If you’re new to professional printing, we can lend a hand.

Graphic Tips for Photoshop Users     |     Graphic Tips for Illustrator Users

Graphic Tips for Photoshop Users

Whether you use our templates or you create your own document, please make sure the dimension of your file is the exact size of the finished size.

Image Resolution

Photos and graphics need to be 125 DPI at full size
In Photoshop, you can go to IMAGE -> IMAGE SIZE to find out your file resolution.
image size

Determine Image Quality from Source

Good Quality:
High resolution / high quality stock photography
High resolution / high quality scanner

Low Quality:
Screen capture of video frame
Low resolution / low quality stock photography
Image lifted off a web-page

Hight and Low resolution difference

 

Why 125 DPI?

Since your banner will be a large format print, you don't need to prepare your file in 300 DPI which is usually used for smaller format print.

If you are uncertain of the quality of your images, please call us at (778) 329-4610 or email us at info@starboard.ca
 

Color Mode

Your file has to be in CMYK mode.
IMAGE -> MODE -> CMYK
 

RGB CMYK
RGB CMYK
colour mode

 

Saving

When you are done with the design, flatten all the layers then save as TIF.

flatten image

If you need our graphic designers to modify your art work, don't flatten layers but convert all text to shapes.

Fonts

Convert all your text to shapes.
LAYER -> TYPE -> CONVERT TO SHAPE

convert shape

You are almost done!

Before you upload the file(s) to us, view your graphic in actual pixel view. VIEW -> ACTUAL PIXEL
Review the entire graphic carefully, especially your logo and photos if any, to make sure it looks good to you.
Because what you see in the actual pixel view is very close to what you will get on your banner(s).

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Graphic Tips for Illustrator Users

Image Resolution

Your images (any graphics that are not vector) need to be 125 DPI at full size.

Determine Image Quality from Source

Good Quality:
High resolution/high quality stock photography
High resolution/high quality scanner

Low Quality:
Screen capture of video frame
Low resolution/low quality stock photography
Image lifted off a web-page

Hight and Low resolution difference

Why 125 DPI?

Since your banner will be a large format print, you don't need to prepare your file in 300 DPI which is usually used for smaller format print.

If you are uncertain of the quality of your images, please call us at (778) 329-4610 or email us at info@starboard.ca
 

Color Mode

Your file has to be in CMYK mode.
COLOR PALLET -> OPTION CMYK

colour pallet

Fonts

Convert all your text outlined.
TYPE -> CREATE OUTLINE

create outlines

*If your text are not created outlined, font shift might occur.

Saving

When you are done with the design, save the file in EPS format. If you have extra graphics outside of the finished size area, create a crop area with the exact size of finishing size before saving.

If you need our graphic designers to modify your art work, send us your original Illustrator file(s).

You are almost done!

Before you upload the file(s) to us, open the EPS file you just saved.
Review all the graphics/text and make sure the dimension is right

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