Artwork Submission Guidelines

Preferred Artwork Submission

For best results and to minimize delays with your order, follow the artwork submission guidelines below: 
Send electronic files - include a color printout of your art for reference.

Artwork can be submitted to: (please include the part number and your contact information)


Graphic File Formats 

Vector Based Files
.eps      Encapsulated Postcript
.ai         Adobe Illustrator
.cdr       CorelDraw

Files with text paths should be converted to outlines. If the text is not converted, all fonts will need to be included.

*TIFF, GIF, JPEG, BMP, PDF and Word document files are not acceptable formats. They are not normally editable for printing. They are useful when sent as a reference or for quoting purposes.

Four Color Process
.psd      AdobePhotoshop
*High resolution 350-400 pixels per inch images

Files with fonts should be changed to shapes.  All graphics should be provided with no fills and all polylines closed.

CAD/3D File Formats

CAD Systems

 CATIA ver 4  CATIA ver 5
 AutoCAD  Unigraphics

Translation File Types

 .dwg  .dxf
 .iges  .cgm
 .xpk  .prt
 .step  .x_t


Artwork Modification
Northern Engraving may need to modify artwork to meet manufacturing requirements.

Electronic proofs are available for review of final artwork.  The proof must be approved before production begins.

When submitting artwork in vector graphics (EPS, AI, CDR) format, all fonts should be converted to curves.

Specify spot colors with a Pantone color or other color identification.

We assume that our clients are authorized to use the artwork submitted to us for reproduction.  The company placing the order assumes full responsibility for use of artwork or trademarks.  If the product requires a license to merchandise, a copy of the authorization is required.

Minimum Stroke 
Printing: positive & negative .010"

File Submission 
10MB maximum file size for email artwork 
FTP site available upon request

Have a question about a nameplate or badge? 

The Nameplate FAQ page covers common questions in the following areas.

•  General Nameplate
•  Artwork Submission
•  Materials
•  Processes
•  Tooling
•  Adhesives
•  Assembly


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