Artwork Submission Made Easy: A Step-by-Step Guide

There are a lot of factors to consider and things to keep in mind when preparing your design for a sign. But don’t worry! With a little preparation and attention to detail, submitting your artwork can be a breeze.


Here’s a step-by-step guide to make the artwork submission process easy for you:

  1. Understand your sign company’s requirements. Before you begin creating your artwork, make sure you understand what your sign company needs in terms of file format, resolution, and size. This will help ensure that your design is ready to go when you submit it.

  2. Prepare your artwork at the right resolution and size. Make sure to design your artwork at the correct size and resolution. When creating the artwork, you should always consider the size of the sign and the distance from which it will be viewed. If you are not sure, you can ask your sign company what size and resolution they recommend.

  3. Include bleed, crop and safe zones in your design. Bleed is the extra area around the edge of your design that will be cut off when the sign is manufactured. Crop marks are the lines that indicate where the design should be cut. And safe zones are the area where your design elements should be placed in to prevent being cut off.

  4. Avoid using low-resolution images or copyrighted elements in your design. Always use high-resolution images for the best final result. And make sure to use only original and legal images and graphics to avoid any legal issues.

  5. Use appropriate color mode. For printing signs, use Pantone or CMYK color mode and for digital signs, use RGB.

  6. Include any necessary fonts or graphics as separate files in your submission. This will make it easy for your sign company to use them in the design process.

  7. Test your design before final submission. Review your design carefully, check it on different screen resolutions, and check the readability of your text. This will help you spot any issues and fix them before it goes to production.

  8. Keep your design files organized and labeled. This will make it easy for your sign company to understand what’s what, and help ensure that nothing gets lost or mixed up in the process.

  9. Double-check the design brief and client’s request before final submission. Make sure you understand the client’s requirements and expectations for the sign.

  10. Once you’ve completed the design, submit it to your sign company along with any necessary additional information or documents. Don’t hesitate to ask your sign company if they need any additional information or clarification.

  11. Follow up with your sign company after submission to ensure that everything has been received and is in order.

By following these simple steps, you can help ensure that your artwork submission process goes smoothly and that your final sign looks great. 

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