What is a vector image? A vector image is an image made up of lines and curves that are stored as mathematical formulas, and can be moved freely or modified without losing detail or clarity. Whereas a bitmapped image will lose clarity when rescaled, the vector graphic can be scaled indefinitely without losing clarity. The example below shows the effect of a bitmap graphic versus the vector graphic. When zoomed in, the bitmapped image appears jagged, whereas the vector graphic appears clear and crisp.
Blockout Vinyl is an opaque material that will not let sun or any light through it. It is also not transparent when looking at it from the back. It’s heavier and more durable than our 13oz Banner material plus it’s low curl so even if it’s stored in a tube, it will stay smooth when rolled out. Blackout Vinyl is perfect for hanging banners or signs where banner opacity is needed.
Raster based artwork such as photos, or flattened artwork (from Adobe Photoshop) are made up of tiny squares (pixels) and depending on your resolution and/or final output size desired, the file could have a low quality end result. Any raster elements you wish to use should have a high enough resolution (DPI) before considering them for your large format product. Vector based artwork such as illustrations or clip-art style elements (from Adobe Illustrator) is made with mathematical calculations, and can be scaled up to any size without losing quality. Keep in mind that any effects used in Adobe Illustrator are raster based and have transparency - this greatly adds to file size and you must have correct settings in your "Document Raster Effects Settings" to ensure best output for these effects. If you're doing a photo-quality print on a 36" x 48" poster, and leave the raster effects settings at default 72 DPI - you may see tiny squares in your drop shadows, as opposed to a smooth shadow.
See our templates pages for layout and addressing position.
Artwork file formats: We recommend pdf. You may also send the following types: jpg, jpeg, tif, tiff, eps, and png. Data file formats: We accept csv (comma delimited) format only. On the csv file, the header columns should be labeled exactly as follows:
  • column A: FULL NAME
  • column B: COMPANY
  • column C: ADDRESS
  • column D: SUITE/APT
Here's a sample of what the Mailing List Excel sheet should look like:   gjyffddffgdde
We cannot guarantee the quality of inkjet printing on Envelopes with Variable Addressing, so it is not recommended.
We offer several envelope size options printed on 70lb White Premium Uncoated Text or 70lb Natural White.
The Variable Addressing portion has a default font of 12pt Arial, black only. note: if your csv data file contains extremely long names or addresses, the font will automatically be resized to fit the addressing area, but will be no smaller than 9pt type. Please see the example below:   tyrtfttftfguuujpe
VARIANCE: Special administrative procedure by which one may obtain an exception to zoning rules such as height, setback and type of use.
VARIABLE MESSAGE SIGN: A sign that includes provisions for message changes. Also called changeable copy panel, changeable copy sign, time and temperature sign, electronic message center, menu board.