Frequently Asked Questions

1. What is Camera Ready Artwork?
2. What file types can you accept?
3. Why do you need a high resolution image?
4. Can I e-mail artwork to you?
5. My artwork file is too big to email! What should I do?
6. Can I mail my camera ready artwork or a disk to you?


To avoid an art charge, camera ready artwork must be supplied .

Camera ready artwork is high quality black and white (B&W) artwork that is ready to be processed by us to be used for printing. If the design is multi-colored, a separate B&W image is required for each color.

Camera ready artwork is not:

  • Photocopies of any type
  • A fax
  • Business cards or other printed items
  • Dirty Artwork (smudges or marks)
  • Continuous tone images; i.e., B&W and color photographs

We will accept artwork supplied to us by the above methods, but an art charge will be applied.
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File Types

Images in vector format such as files created in CorelDraw, Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, etc., are the preferred file types and in most cases we will not charge an art charge if you send your artwork in this format.You may alternatively supply us with a high quality digital image (150 - 200 dpi at actual print size) that has been separated into different layers or channels in a program such as Adobe Photoshop and no art charge will be applied. Do not use "anti-aliasing" if at all possible. Anti-aliasing blends the edges of text and other objects to make them appear softer on screen, but cannot be reproduced in monotone printing.

In order of preference, here is a list of file types we will accept for artwork. We use the versions listed and we can use files created by older versions as well:

If your file is in a different format, e-mail us and we'll let you know if we can import it into our graphics programs.

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Image Resolution

High resolution images are required in order to produce a clean, sharp print. Most images found on the internet are at 72 dpi, and will not look good when enlarged and printed.

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Sending artwork by E-mail

Please notify us prior to sending us artwork by e-mail. You can either call us at 1-888-434-3256 or e-mail us to let us know how large this file is and when you'll be sending it.

If your image file is large, you can use a compression program such as WinZip to compress the file before e-mailing it to us.
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Large Graphics Files

If your file is larger than 4 megabytes there are 2 options:

  1. E-mail or call us and we'll give you a name and password to use our FTP site to upload the file to us.
  2. Mail us a zip disk. The disk and file must be in PC format.

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Sending Artwork by "Snail" Mail

You can mail your artwork to:

Gecko Graphics
525 Apple Street
Norco, LA 70079

We can accept files on 3-1/2" floppy disks and on Iomega 100 meg Zip disks. Disks and files must be in PC format.

If you mail camera ready artwork to us, be sure the packaging is adequate and will not allow the artwork to become damaged while it is in route!

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