Art Specifications

Our art specifications ensure great looking work.

The PCi Graphics department accepts both PC and Mac files, although we work primarily on a PC platform. Please email all art to: If your file is too large to send via email (over 20MB), please use our File Upload.


Vector Artwork Files are the acceptable format.

We prefer that original files be sent in Illustrator format so we can manipulate the artwork if needed; even more importantly, our vendors REQUIRE vector art to do imprinting. Do not include any linked or embedded files in your vector document unless they are true vector images.

  • Adobe Illustrator – all text converted to outlines
  • Macromedia Freehand – all text converted to paths, export as EPS
  • CorelDraw – all text converted to curves, export as EPS or AI

All Other formats:

We also accept the following formats, but do not guarantee that they will transfer seamlessly to our suppliers – additional art charges may apply.

  • InDesign – be sure to also send all font files and embedded images as separate files
  • Adobe Photoshop – only appropriate for CMYK – 4 color process – projects
    Send all Photoshop files at 100% of imprint size and at least 300 dpi.

Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Publisher, or WordPerfect documents WILL REQUIRE WORK to be converted to an acceptable format; AN ART CHARGE WILL APPLY for recreating your image in Adobe Illustrator.

Unacceptable files:

JPG, GIF, BMP, PCX, or other low resolution raster images
Unfortunately, these file formats are unacceptable for all imprints and will require additional art time to re-create your image for our suppliers. The ONLY exceptions are if you are ordering a custom lapel pin or custom embroidery, and the jpeg of your art is high resolution (300dpi).

If there are linked or embedded images within your file, you must also send those files as a separate file (preferably in a TIFF or Photoshop native format).

If possible, all artwork should be compressed. We prefer Stuff-It or WinZip. Do not send self-extracting files – they will not pass through our firewall.

As always please do not hesitate to Contact Us should you have questions regarding our recommended Art Specifications or any other matter that you wish to discuss.