File Formatting Tips

FILE FORMATTING TIPS
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Uploading an image and researching formats to use?  Wondering how to reduce the amount of disc space your file uses? Never fear, the items below are a list of the top three recommended formats, and some quick steps to follow that can help reduce the size of a ready-to-print design file.

The top three recommended formats are TIF, JPG and PDF. TIF files are good, JPG files are better, but PDF files are the best for producing small, easier-to-upload files.

If you are trying to save your design in one of these file formats but are not sure what to do to keep the files within the eSigns.com 100 MB or less size limit, simply follow one of the sets of steps below:

TIF (or TIFF) “Good”—

  • Set the resolution to 150 DPI.
  • Make sure you are using RGB (8-bit) colors.
  • Flatten your design into a single layer.
  • Save your design to TIF format.
If necessary, TIFs may be compressed into ZIP, RAR, or SIT archives, though this may not result in a file smaller than 100 MB.  Using internal compression in the TIF itself is not recommended, as image data may be lost.

JPG “Better”—

  • Set the resolution to 150 DPI.
  • Make sure you are using RGB (8-bit) colors.
  • Save your design to JPG (the JPG format uses only a single layer).

PDF “Best”—

  • Set the resolution to 150 DPI (for full size)
  • Flatten your design into a single layer.
  • Make sure you are using RGB (8-bit) colors.
  • Save (or Print) the design to PDF.

This is just a quick example of the steps you can take, if something more detailed is needed, please refer to the eSigns.com File Preparation Guidelines.

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