Art Specs

For Imprinting (up to 3 colors):
  • Acceptable formats for imprinting are AI, PDF, and EPS files.
  • Vector artwork is required. If vector artwork cannot be provided, we can have your art vectored for a fee. Please inquire with your Sales Representative for pricing.
  • The text should be at a minimum font size of 6pt.
  • The text must be converted to outlines prior to submission. A limited number of fonts are supported.
  • The line weight should be no smaller than 0.25pt
  • The line weight, when knocked out of another shape, should be no smaller than 0.5pt
  • Gradients cannot be achieved with imprinting. For printing gradients the art will have to be printed via Full Color.
  • Trademark (R) and TM marks should be no smaller than 0.08 inches or 2mm in diameter. Otherwise they will close up during imprinting.
  • All spot colors should be provided in PMS solid coated colors. If you need your colors converted to PMS solid coated we will be happy to do this for you.
  • School shields, emblems and crests are generally very difficult to imprint at reduced sizes. We recommend selecting the largest drive to accommodate the logo, or using text only when allowed.
For Full Color (CMYK):
  • Acceptable formats for files for full color printing are PSD, AI, PDF, EPS, TIFF and JPG.
  • Full Color art for the credit card drive series must contain a bleed of 1/8" on all sides.
  • Files for full color printing must be at a resolution of 300dpi or higher (dpi refers to dots per inch).
  • The text within the art must be vector or converted to outlines.
  • The text should be at a minimum font size of 6pt or larger.

What is Vector?

Vector art is the use of points, lines, curves and shapes, based on mathematical expressions. They can be scaled to any size without losing image quality, thus becoming "fuzzy" or "pixelated". See below to help visualize the differences between vector art and raster art (images made up of pixels, generally photos).

A JPEG or PNG file looks like this when selected:

Vector looks like this when selected:

Also, you will notice that the edges of the jpeg are not clear. That is why we need vector art. The edges will print clearly at any size:

What format do you need the art in? We need vector art files, either in Adobe Postscript (.eps), Illustrator (.ai), .cdr, or .pdf format. When saving your file, please make sure it contains no raster image (JPEG, BMP, GIF, etc.). Make sure that all fonts are outlined, or converted to curves. Raster Images may be accepted for, a full color imprint. In the case of a full color imprint, we welcome high quality raster images! Please note precise details as to PMS color numbers, crop marks, and placement on your purchase order and the art file.
My file isn't in the correct format, what do I do? If you do not have the proper format, we suggest that you have a graphic designer or agency recreate your logo in the format needed.
I need the design typeset, can I request this service? Yes, KTI will typeset. KTI will not be responsible for any art or typesetting errors after proof approval.
For custom imprints, will I see a proof? Yes! Even on reorders, we insist on providing a proof for approval to make certain the appropriate reorder artwork is referenced. Production will not begin until after the proof is approved.
I sent my art. How soon will I see a proof? On orders with a custom imprint, digital proofs are sent to customer within 1-2 business day. Please refer to the individual product pages for standard production times, or contact your KTI Representative.
What is a proof? A proof is a digital representation of the finished product and not exact. It confirms the logo position, location, and PMS color codes. Because screen resolutions vary, the image may look distorted when sent electronically. If paper proof is faxed, the product and logo may appear distorted or jagged.
I've seen the proof, but I want to make some changes; can I? If changes need to be made, note these on the form, check the appropriate box, and fax it back to us. A second paper proof will be sent once the artwork has been changed. Please note that changing the order or postponing artwork approval may result in delivery/shipping delays or additional rush/imprinting. If proofing exceeds 3 revisions, an additional proof charge will be apply. Please note, once the proof has been approved, the order is sent into production. Any changes made AFTER the proof is approved may result in additional charges based on the production status of the order.