Design Submission Process

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By submitting your own designs you are able to receive your final product more quickly.

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Guidelines

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Files must be compatible with Illustrator CS5 or below.
Colors must be formatted in CMYK for printing.
Set black tones to K 100%.
Make sure all text is transformed to outlines.
Embed all images.

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Files must be compatible with Photoshop CS3 or below.
Colors must be formatted in CMYK for printing.
Do not change the aspect ratio.
Merge all layers (after removing the template guidelines) and save as an EPS file.

File Formats

We accept the following file formats.

Format Guidelines
Illustrator (.ai)
* recommended
The best format for printing, logos, and illustrations. Adflagon recommends this format.
.eps Adflagon accepts Photoshop design files in this format.
.jpeg JPEG images must be saved in the final printing size with a resolution of 150 DPI or higher.
.pdf Designs saved as PDF files must have been originally created through a design program like Adobe Illustrator.
.tiff Widely used high resolution image format.

Do not include any symbols or special characters in your file name.
Adflagon accepts files up to 20MB in size during the order process.
If your design file is larger than 20MB, submit a low resolution file or dummy file with your order and submit your design file through a different file transfer service (email, Drive/Cloud, etc.). Make sure to leave a note for us in your order details/requests and contact our Customer Service.

Design Size

Designs should be submitted matching the final production size of your order.
Adflagon is able to scale down large designs up to 10x the final production size. In this case, please set the resolution to 1500 DPI.

Cut Marks/Bleed Margins

Remove all cut marks and bleed margins before submitting your design.
All designs should be submitted in the exact dimensions of your final product.

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Font Outlines

All font layers in Illustrator should be converted into outlines or curves. This prevents font changes or distortion during production.

1. Unlock all layers.
2. Select all layers.
3. In the upper menu bar, find Type > Create Outline.
4. Make sure all font layers were converted by using Type > Find Font…

* Isolated points made with the Pen tool may appear in your printed design. Please delete all unused points or paths before submitting your design.

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If your design was created in Photoshop, merge all layers before saving as an EPS file.

1. Open the Layers palette.
2. Click the ▼ to open the menu.
3. Select Flatten Image to merge all layers.
4. Select EPS when saving under Save as…

* Once you flatten your image you will not be able to edit design elements separately. Only flatten the image after you are done designing.

Embedding Images

Embed all images in Illustrator to prevent broken links and production errors.

1. Open the Links panel and select the image file.
2. Click the ▼ to open the Links menu.
3. Select Embed Image(s).
4. The icon below should appear next to the image in the Links panel once it is embedded.

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Transparent Images

When embedding an image with a transparent background into Illustrator you must first create a clipping path. If you don’t the transparent background might appear filled in the printed product.

1. Open the image in Photoshop and create a Path around the part of the image you want to keep with the Pen tool.
2. Open the Paths panel and click ▾ to open the menu.
3. Click Save Path..., enter a name for your path, and click OK.
4. Open the Paths menu again and select Clipping Path....
5. Select the path you saved earlier and adjust Flatness if needed before clicking OK.
6. Save your image with Save as… as an EPS, TIFF, PNG, etc. before inserting in Illustrator.

Color Settings

Adflagon prints all products using CMYK color formatting. All design data should be converted to CMYK before you submit it to us.

* We cannot print fluorescent/neon colors.
* RGB colors converted to CMYK may change or appear dull, so we highly recommend designing in CMYK.

You can convert a RBG file to CMYK by going to File > Document Color Mode > CMYK Color.

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Repeat Orders

If you would like to make a repeat order with the same design and specifications you can use the Repeat Order button on My Page for orders made within the last year.
If you choose this option you are unable to change or update your design file.

Printing Methods and Colors

Printing Methods

Direct Dye Sublimation

Ink is printed (sublimated) into fabric that has been pretreated to prevent the ink from seeping or bleeding. The fabric is then heat treated at 180-200℃ to set the ink. This provides a long-lasting design with less risk for fading or damage even when faced with outdoor conditions.

Take Note

Colors tend to appear darker/stronger than other printing methods.
Dark colors that require several layers of ink are at higher risk for blotches or bleeding into adjacent white areas. We do not accept return/replacement claims for these issues.
Designs with lines or details under 0.5mm in size may not print correctly. We do not accept return/replacement claims for these issues.
All fabrics are washable, but we recommend washing the entire banner at once. Trying to spot-wash certain areas can create stains.

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Inkjet Printing

Inkjet printing works in the same way as your home printer prints onto paper, directly placing the ink onto the banner or flag material.

Water-Based Ink

When using water-based ink we pretreat the material with a polymer absorbent, which absorbs the water-based ink resulting in vibrant colors and clear designs.
Water based inks may change color or stain when wet.
Folding may result in creases that are hard to remove.
Excessive scratching or folding may cause the ink to peel or flake.

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Oil-Based Ink

Oil-based inks, as you can tell from the name, use an oil with low volatility as a solvent and medium for the color. This allows for long-lasting color even in outdoor conditions.
Dark colors take longer to dry and are easily scratched.
Oil-based inks take longer to dry, so please allow adequate production and shipping time.

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CMYK Printing

Designs are printed through a combination of four inks: Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, and BlacK.
RGB designs may appear faded or less vibrant when converted into CMYK, so we highly recommend you work on your design in CMYK color mode. The color range for print (CMYK) is more limited than your screen (RGB), so you may have to make adjustments to your design colors.
When using Direct Dye Sublimation for printing the final color may be darker/stronger than your original design. Dark colors like navy may be hard to reproduce.