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Artwork Guidelines. 

Best print results will always be achieved from the highest quality input,
so always send the best graphics artwork you can get hold of.



Ideally, you should email us your artwork in vector file format. Any of these are suitable -

- CDR. Up to version 2017.

- EPS. If using Adobe software, save as legacy format illustrator 10.
- AI.     If using Adobe software, up to Adobe CS5 only. 

If you have text in your design, you must convert all text to curves before sending. This is because
we may not have the font you have used on our system and the design could become corrupted.
To do this in Corel Draw - 'Object' > 'Convert to Curves' (Ctrl Q). 
For Adobe illustrator users - convert all text to curves with create outlines (Shift Ctrl O). 

If you are unable to supply your artwork in vector file format, second best option is image file format.

Any of these are suitable - JPG, TIF, GIF, BMP, PNG. Minimum 300 dpi at actual size, best results 600 dpi.


We prefer not to use - 
- Graphics created with PowerPoint, Excel, or Word (.doc & .docx)

- PDF files. Acceptable for viewing artwork only, not ideal for editing. 

We cannot use - 
- Graphics downloaded from web pages. An image may look fine on your computer monitor, but print output will be blurry and grainy.
These are low resolution image files (usually 72 dpi), suitable for screen display but far below acceptable standards for printing use.


We print your artwork exactly as supplied to us, and will not make changes unless specifically requested. Due to the wide variance
of monitor settings, colours can sometimes appear slightly different from computer screen to print output so if precise colour accuracy
is essential, you must supply us with Pantone reference numbers to match colours. 

You can view a Pantone colour reference chart here.
Use this guide to assist your color selection and specification process. This PDF of the pantone chart is a reference guide only.
Pantone colors on computer screens may vary based on the graphics card and monitor used in your system, so for true accuracy
use a Pantone colour publication.

On the rare occasion a customer has been disappointed in our print output it is invariably due to artwork issues, so it is essential
to follow the guidelines above. Keyfactors cannot be held responsible for errors caused by failure to follow this advice.


Artwork for replica enamel domed centres.Example of artwork suitable for a replica enamel style domed badge

Replica enamel domed centres are printed with metallic detail, so artwork supplied needs to be suitable.

- artwork preferably to be supplied in vector format with all text converted to curves as we will need to
  edit your artwork to print metallics.

- Use the default 'gold' or 'silver' colour in your palette to indicate where you want metallic.
  We can then convert these colours to print as metallic.

- Use a bold font (we recommend ARIAL BOLD) to ensure all text shows up.

- Use thick lines for metallic edging and outlines.

- Use solid colours. Artwork should contain no graduations of colour or shading.

- Due to the printing process involved, replica enamel centres are always printed with a solid metallic
  outer edge 1mm-1.5mm width. If this is not already on your artwork we will add it automatically.

Here is an example of suitable artwork for replica enamel printing  >


If you are unsure how or not able to amend your artwork for replica enamel centres, we can do this for you
but this may incur a small artwork charge. See 'Design studio artwork charges' below.

Artwork to be printed on special media.
We print on many different media type, not just white vinyl.
Popular options include metallics silver and gold, chrome (mirror silver), carbon fibre, brushed aluminium
and holographic. When submitting artwork to be printed on specialist media, any area on your artwork
that shows as white comes through as this base finish.
If your design has white areas too, you must use an alternative colour for white to indicate where.
Instruct us and we will change it to print a white layer.

Here is an example of suitable artwork and instructions for printing on specialist media >

If you are unsure how or not able to amend your artwork for printing on specialist media,
we can do this for you but this may incur a small artwork charge.
See 'Design studio artwork charges' below.

Design / Editing Facilities.
If you do not have suitable artwork, or are not sure, please contact us by email to discuss your requirements.
Our design studio can prepare ready to use artwork for you from basic sources such as a letterhead or cloth badge.
We can also edit existing artwork to suit your needs, such as adding text around a crest, or adding colours to a design.

Design studio artwork charges.
A charge will only be made if your supplied artwork is not suitable. We charge a one-off fee, usually £6.50 - £20
(depending on the complexity) for studio editing services. We will advise you by email of this amount before proceeding.
Artwork charges can be paid online here.


For your own protection we state that your order calling for the reproduction of a crest or similar motif implies that
you have obtained permission to commission the reproduction, which may or may not be subject to copyright.



Emailing artwork.

If you are emailing artwork as an attachment to us please follow these rules to avoid confusion and possible delay. 
1. Put the title of the job (wording on the artwork) in the 'subject;' bar at the top of your email. 
2. Use this same job title (wording on the artwork) as the name of your artwork. If your artwork has a generic,
non-specific name such as 'club logo', 'our badge' or 'image' please rename it before sending.

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