Artwork and Proofing

Design templates for all of our CD, DVD and print related products are located here.

All downloads include templates in Adobe Photoshop. Illustrator, and .PDF formats. They will provide you with the notes and guidelines necessary, including document size, bleed requirements, safe area indications, cut and fold lines, for designing your artwork to our exact specifications.

Once you make your selections and name the project, you will be asked to add your artwork in the following step.

The following options will be presented;

  • "Upload New" - You have downloaded our design templates, completed your artwork to our specifications and simply need to upload it.
  • "My Artwork" - Use completed artwork, that has already been uploaded to your account and has been completed to our specifications.

Design templates for all of our CD, DVD and print products are located here.

All downloads include templates in Adobe Photoshop. Illustrator, and .PDF formats. They will provide you with the notes and guidelines necessary, including document size, bleed requirements, safe area indications, cut and fold lines, for designing your artwork to our exact specifications.

You will be provided with high-resolution .PDF proofs online for all CD and DVD projects.

For poster, card and flyer projects you will only have the capability to zoom in on your uploaded artwork to verify placement online.

How to Proof:

  1. Click the PDF Proof link(s) to download and review high-resolution proofs of your artwork.
  2. Ensure your artwork displays the desired image quality and content including, but not limited to: resolution, contrast, position, placement, spelling and readability. By approving your artwork you understand that production may start as soon as you submit your order.
  3. For CD and DVD projects, the outermost blue line indicates the Bleed Area. Make sure your design extends to this line. Failing to provide bleed will result in a finished product with a thin border of white unprinted area on some or all of the edges.
  4. The Safe Area is highlighted by the solid green line. Keep text and other important parts of your design, image, or photo inside this area. Anything falling outside the safe area risks being cut off during trimming.
  5. If uploading completed artwork, delete all template and notes layers prior to upload. We cannot remove them afterwards, they will be printed on your final product.
  6. The printed colors you receive may not exactly match the color you see on your screen due to differences in how color is represented on monitors versus actual print. The printing process is precise, but there are still slight inconsistencies that need to be accommodated for. We cannot guarantee an exact color match.
  7. If you are ordering CDs or DVDs and packaging; The processes and materials used for printing on the disc surface differ than those used when printing inserts and other printed packaging. We cannot guarantee an exact color match between all components of your order.
  8. Ensure that you are in compliance with our Intellectual Property Rights Policy (view policy).

*If you have specific requirements or are concerned about color matching, we suggest you order a physical proof. To do this, contact a sales representative during normal business hours prior to placing your order. Pricing will vary depending on product type. If you are interested in a proof, you must contact a sales representative, do not place a single unit order as a proof as production methods change depending on order details.

Once you select your apparel or merchandise product, you will be asked to add your artwork. You may browse to find your file or drag and drop (Firefox, Chrome or Safari) your file onto the indicated area to add your artwork. Adjust the position and scaling of your image as necessary before continuing. For certain product categories, we also offer clip art and text tools, which you may use to design your artwork or combine with your artwork assets.

We accept PDF, .PNG, .JPG, and .BMP files, however we strongly prefer artwork in vector PDF format. You will be able to review a virtual mockup (PDF proof) of your customized product after you add your artwork. Please be sure uploaded images are high resolution; low resolution artwork will negatively impact the quality and accuracy of your product printing or embroidery.

Note that the cost of silk screening (which is used for most of our apparel, bags and drinkware products) is based on both your order quantity and the number of colors in your design, so be mindful of how many colors to include in your design particularly for smaller quantity orders. The cost for embroidery (used for hats and available with certain bags and apparel products) is not impacted by the number of colors; however embroidery cost is based on stitch count, which in turn is based on the size and density of your design.

Please contact us if you have more detailed questions about file formats and artwork for your merchandise projects.