Artwork Specifications

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Good artwork can lift ordinary looking plaques or awards into something special. Our expert team of artworkers will guide you through the process, but here are a few tips on the information we’ll need from you:

Preferred artwork formats

We always prefer to receive artwork for our awards as vector files. This allows us to scale or manipulate the artwork to suit the proposed artwork process.

Our primary software is CorelDraw – currently version 13.

  • We can readily accept the following file formats: .CDR and .EPS (any other file formats please discuss with our studio).
  • Artwork should be on a single layer.
  • Please ensure only one copy of the artwork is on the layer.
  • Fonts should be converted to curves or to graphical objects to avoid font substitution.

Where a logo is only available as a bitmap or it can only be represented as a bitmap then please ensure the following:

  • Bitmap resolution is at least 300 dpi. (We engrave and print at a minimum of 500 dpi.)
  • Save in CMYK format. TIFF file formats are preferred but we also accept images in many other formats including JPEG and GIF.
  • Where appropriate please send Pantone colour references or prints to match colour to.
  • Jpeg bitmaps taken from the internet are very low resolution and cannot be used without extensive modification.

Colour Formats

Spot colours – these are normally applied using vinyl-applied graphics. We offer the best visual match against your Pantone-specified colour.

Full colour (4 colour or process colour) – Where we print colour we use a dye sublimation process. This digital print process allows us to offer you great flexibility, short print runs and very low set-up charges. However it is a different process to screen printing and litho printing so conventional colour specification systems (Pantone, CMYK, RGB) do not apply.

We offer the best visual match to your colour specification and in most cases we can provide test print samples prior to production.


We may not have the same fonts installed as you or your designers have. To avoid the computers inserting a substitute it is best, where possible, to convert the text to a graphical object. In situations where we have to amend text on plaques and awards (usually to insert individual detail) we will provide the closest match to your selection.

You will receive artwork to approve before we start production.

If you need any additional information please contact us.