ART PREPARATION GUIDELINES
Please consider the following when setting up art files for cartons and displays:
How will your artwork be printed?
Each process involves different design specifications. The most common processes are shown below. Silkscreen and digital printing are also available.
Lithographic Label Files:
Digital art may be supplied as Illustrator, InDesign, Quark and/or Photoshop files. PDFs are acceptable in some cases. No low-resolution jpegs, please.
Photographic images should be high-resolution (300dpi) images at full size.
Please outline text whenever possible, or provide all fonts needed.
Critical text/artwork should be a minimum of 1/4” away from the dieline edge and/or scores.
Minimum bleed is 1/2” out from the dieline. NOTE: If we supply a dieline with label trim included, please bleed the art 1/8” out from the label trim area (green lines).
Flexographic/Direct Print Files:
Digital line art should preferably be vector-based (i.e., Adobe Illustrator) images.
Photoshop line art should be 600dpi minimum.
Photographic image resolution should be at least 150dpi at full size.
Touching colors will be trapped (overlapped about 3/32”) to allow for press movement during printing.
Text size minimum is 8 points, if possible.
Line weight minimum is 1 point.•Critical text/artwork should be a minimum of 1/2’ away from the dieline edge and/or scores.
Minimum bleed is 3/8” out from the dieline.
Dielines or Templates:
Dielines are necessary to assure the proper size and placement of art. Your Sales Representative can obtain one for you in your preferred format (i.e. PDF, eps, etc.).
File transfers:FTP: Files Now
If you're using FTP: ftp://ftp.tilsnercarton.com/
Talk to your sales representative about obtaining a
username and password before attempting to use the site.
Files can be received and sent via CD to:
Tilsner Carton Company
162 York Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55117
Email Art Files:Email Your Files Now
If your file is 5mb or smaller
You can also send files via yousendit.com to
The art department is Macintosh-based. Available programs include the Adobe CS4 Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign) and QuarkXPress 7.3.
Please supply the following:
Complete, workable CMYK files; preferably in their native file format.
A color printout of the file (when sending art by mail).
All supporting files: Linked files and fonts.
Appropriate Pantone or GCMI spot colors (if applicable) – indicate coated or uncoated for Pantone. If you need a specific custom color, please provide a sample for color matching.
Name of company, project and contact person for any questions related to the project.