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Graphics Specifications

Color

When using Pantone® colors, provide the numbers. If you are unsure about your Pantone® color selections, please contact us for assistance at: 800.879.8273 or graphics@mediaxpress.net.

Any spot colors must be designated in the colors palette by a Pantone® solid-coated color with a PMS number.

Fonts

Include all fonts with your file. Or, outline all fonts before saving your file.

Fonts are limited in size by the silkscreening process. Details below.

Spot Colors:

  • 4 pt. minimum in positive
  • 5 pt minimum in negative (knockout)

4-Color Process:

  • 6 pt minimum in positive
  • 7 pt minimum in negative (knockout)

Halftones:

  • 7 pt minimum in positive
  • 7 pt minimum in negative (knockout)

Artwork

Send a color hardcopy proof with all artwork.

Send vector-based artwork when possible. If vector-based artwork is not possible, 300 DPI is the minimum resolution of all raster artwork.

Save all artwork in CMYK gamut whenever possible; RGB gamut artwork may require manipulation.

Artwork in Pantone® or Duotone gamut will be accepted, but needs to be saved and setup correctly as an EPS or native file.

Note: Preferred development applications are: Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and QuarkXpress.

Silkscreening

The MediaXpress screen press can accommodate any combination of up to 5 colors.

When screen printing on CD media without a white flood under process inks, colors WILL NOT appear the same as they do on paper.

Be advised that although every effort will be made to make an exact color match, the nature of screen printing on the surface of CD media will cause slight variations. Example: Pantoneâ and other process tints that are less than 15% are unlikely to screen properly. Tints less than 10% may not screen print. Tints of 85% or higher may screen as a solid color.