viewing > art preparation
copyright 2017 by Images Now, Inc. 522 Glen Echo Dr., Old Hickory, TN 37138
615-758-0886 fax: 615-758-3613
C u s t o m I m p r i n t a b l e P r o d u c t s
Call us first! You’ll avoid some potential art
preparation pitfalls, especially with the
sublimation dye process.
We’re here to help make your ordering and art
FASTER, EASIER, & TROUBLE-FREE !
Art Preparation, tolerances, and proofing
Any professional format is usually fine. It is
generally acceptable to submit .tif or .jpg files at
300dpi, cmyk at the best possible quality level for
.jpgs using Photoshop
Bleed: 1/8” on all four sides for ‘hard top’ mouse
pads, counter mats, and game mats, 1/4” for
sublimation printed ‘soft top’ versions.
Margins from edge for parallel lines or text along
a side: 1/4” for ‘hard top’ mouse pads, counter
mats and game mats, 1/2” for soft top versions.
Sublimation dye printing is used for printing the
fabric items. It is not a medium that reproduces
as accurately as offset paper printing. We provide
a .pdf or .jpg proof file for checking the art layout,
but if you require a high level of color accuracy for
a corporate logo color, or anything else, a full
production proof is required. They are expensive
for sublimation printed items, and offset press
produced hard top items. $225 plus shipping.
That is our actual cost and is not marked up at all.
Our digitally printed hard top items, usually under
4,000 qty, cost only $15 for a production proof.
Reversed text and graphic lines: on fabric
printing, you must allow for the ‘dot gain’. The dye
spreads out in the fabric and if the text or lines are
too thin, they will be difficult to read, or take on a
tint of the surrounding color. Usually a 14pt. bold
text will hold up well to those issues. And 16-18pt
non-bold text will perform alright when reversed
as white print in a solid color background.
How to get the art to us: You can just email any
file that is 10mb or under. In fact, one of our mail
servers has recently increased the limit on
incoming attachments, but you’ll need to specify
in the body of the email that a large attachment is
present so we can retrieve it directly from the
email server. If needed, very large files can be
uploaded via ftp. We will email you instructions if
you need to use that process.
information & tips...
for mouse pads, counter mats,
lens cloths, wrist rest, luggage
tags, koozies, coasters, and
laptop computer cases.
For cups, all their web pages
have links to the design
templates for each size.