Art Requirements

Guidelines For Flexo Printing

Preferred Computer Programs:

  • Illustrator – Preferred Program for flexo printing.  Save as Illustrator File.  Do not use transparencies.  Do not embed placed images.
  • Freehand – Save as freehand file or eps.
  • CorelDraw – save as illustrator file.  Send original CorelDraw file and convert Illustrator file.
  • Photoshop – (with layers) Do not typeset in Photoshop.  Save as CMYK 300dpi. eps or tiff.
  • Note: Supply akk needed files ( fonts, EPS’s. Tiff’s etc)


Zip, CD


.sit – Stuffut, zip – PC


Include all fonts used, if fonts can not be provided convert type to outlines.

  • Serif Fonts: Positive type must be a minimum of 7 pts. Reverse type must be a minimum of 8 pts bold if possible.
  • Sans Serif Fonts: Positive type must be a minimum of 4 pts. Reverse type must be a minimum of 6 pts, bold if possible.
  • Decorative Fonts: The thinnest stroke for positive type must be a minimum of 1/2 point (0.0007″). Reverse type must be a minimum of 1 pt (0.0014″).

Scans & Placed Art:

Included all linked files, i.e. eps files and their originals, TIFF’s JPEGS’s and Photoshop documents.  Scanned images must be at least 300 dpi and at 100%  in placed layout.  Do Not Use RGB colors.  Rotate and crop all images in Photoshop.  Do not embed or rasterize a placed image in the layout file.  If complex images are created in Photoshop using layers, please include the original layered file before flattening.


Propelry defined process (CMYK) or spot (Pms -pantone solid Coated).  If white is an actual color, use a designated spot color to represent white.  Do Not set anything to overprint.  Screen Percentages of colors are 5% – 90%.  These percentages are used to avoid loss of image information and quality.


Positive lines must be a minimum of 1/2 pt (0.007″) thick and reverse lines must be a minimum of 1 pt (0.0014″) thick.


Do Not set trap.  The art department will create trap for all artwork.


All art work must be a minimum of 1/16 inch (0.0625″) from the edge of the die.


Minimum of 1/8″ (0.125″) bleed on each side.

Bar-codes & QR codes:

Bar-codes and QR codes can be generated.


NOTE: Always used black bar-codes on all scannable background colors.  It is safer to use light shades for background colors.


Warm Red, Yellow, Orange                     Grey, Green, Cyan, Blue

Brown, Reddish-Purple,

Combinations of above


Grey, Green, Cyan, Blue                       Warm-Red, Yellow, Orange, Brown,


Combinations of above


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