Artwork Guidelines: Banners

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Designing your own artwork before you upload to The UPS Store is recommended for design professionals, or those very comfortable with graphics and software applications. Some base techincal knowledge of using these templates, and saving your artwork in the best format is required for the highest quality print.

*Below you'll find helpful tips that explain the bleed, trim and safe area, as well as common mistakes and how to avoid them.

Bleed, Safe & Trim Explained:

Text & Safe Area

Tip #1

Make sure that all of your text and artwork is located inside of the safe area. Otherwise it will get cut off during final production.

*Good: All text is inside of the 2" Safe Area.

*Bad: Important information is in danger. It ill be cut when the final product is trimmed.

Background Area

Tip #2

Make sure that your image and or background extends to the edge of your canvas. Otherwise your banners will have white edges.

*Good: The artwork background extends to the edge of your canvas.

*Bad: The artwork will get trimmed and leave an awkward white line on the final product.

Your Artwork Example

Tip #3

Make sure that your design is the right size and fits within all of the template areas.

*Good: Your final artwork & design fits within the canvas, safe and trim areas.

*Bad: Your artwork & design is smaller than the actual banner dimensions.

Artwork Clarity & Resolution

Tip #4

If your design looks blocky or fuzzy on screen you need to get a higher resolution image.

*Good: Your final artwork & design is no larger than 150dpi, all text and artwork has been flattened.

*Bad: Your artwork is pixelated and fuzzy and you will get a low-resolution warning.

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