how to submit artwork

We will work with you to create the best display graphics possible. Please use the following guidelines for submitting artwork, which will help ensure you get a high-quality product and keep charges and turnaround time to a minimum.

Programs Supported

Creative Displays is a Mac-based graphics department. We support the following applications (PC files in these applications are also supported):

  • Illustrator CS5
  • InDesign CS5
  • Photoshop CS5
  • Quark XPress 7.02
  • Freehand MX

The files can be received on: CD-ROM Disc or DVD-R Disc.

Final Output

Final output is a color print or backlit duratrans, up to 58.5" x 144". Larger images are tiled onto multiple prints. The image is then laminated and mounted as needed.

Scanning Images

Our scanners can take 35mm and up to 10" x16" negatives and transparencies. Originals are preferred. Please avoid sending dupes if possible.

Pre-scanned Images

When providing pre-scanned images, please save as .TIF files in RGB color mode. Make sure graphic proportions are correctly scaled to final production size and there is adequate resolution. For best results, 100 dpi at final size is recommended for digital prints, and 150 dpi at final size is recommended for backlit duratrans.

Additional Requirements

  • Include a printed copy of the desired layout. This is a MUST if color match is required.
  • Complete listing of all files included, specifying which files you wish to have output.
  • Screen and Postscript printer fonts for all images. Convert all fonts to outlines and/or rasterize any type layers in Photoshop files.
  • For cut-out vinyl lettering or 3-D images, vector files are preferred; bitmapped files are acceptable, provided they are high-resolution.
  • Please call out specific colors: PMS when possible, CMYK percentage, or an approved color print to match.
  • In Quark XPress, save all images as .TIF files, "Collect for output" to make sure all is included.
  • In Illustrator or Freehand, save all images and graphics as .EPS files. Please provide all linked files as separate images.
  • When sending Photoshop files, include a layered PSD file.
  • Do not apply global effects.
  • Proportions of the art should match the desired final size. Include 1/4" of bleed around the perimeter.


For easy uploading of artwork you may access our "YouSendIt" account at the following address:

Follow the steps as indicated and we will be notified as soon as the upload is complete. If you experience any difficulties, please contact Creative Displays immediately. Files over 2GB should be mailed on CD or DVD to the attention of your Account Executive. All original art will be returned upon completion of your project.

If you have questions or concerns, please email