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Printed Pins Artwork Guidelines


Artwork should be at least 400 dpi at label size. So, if your art is for a 1” square pin and you send us art that is 1” x 1” and 400 dpi, that will be fine. Likewise, if you send art that is 10” x 10” and 40 dpi, that will also be fine because it will scale up to 400 dpi at a 1” size.

Color Model

Artwork should be submitted in CMYK mode, because that is how the art is printed. Artwork submitted in RGB mode will be accepted, but the color accuracy may be more unpredictable. We highly recommend the use of Pantone Matching System colors in your art in order to reproduce the colors you require.

File Formats Accepted - Vector Art

We prefer to receive art in one of the following four vector formats (in order of preference):

  • Adobe Illustrator (Any version)
  • EPS (Any version)
  • PDF (Any version)

File Formats Accepted - Raster Art

We prefer to receive art in one of the following three raster formats:

  • TIF
  • JPG
  • PSD


It is critical that you either convert all fonts (type) to outlines whenever possible, or include the fonts with your file. Not doing this will result in a delay to your order as we will request that you resubmit art with the fonts outlined or included, or an extra charge if we need to match and purchase the font required.

Embedded Images

We ask that all linked files be embedded in the art before sending to us. Files not embedded may result in delays to your order if we need to request linked files.

Bleed/safe area

Printed Pin Artwork Guideline 1

This file shows us where to put the dieline.
Note that it also includes sufficient bleed area around the border.

Printed Pin Artwork Guideline 2

This file is what we would actually use to produce your label.
It contains no extra lines or markups.

It is critical that your art contains a proper bleed/safe area. We require a safe area of .018” inside the dieline, and a bleed area of .018” outside the dieline. This means that you should not put any important design elements (including text) any closer than .018” from the dieline. It also means that you should have a bleed area around the outside of the dieline that extends the color around the perimeter of your art for another .018”.

These requirements are there to protect your art in case, in the process of cutting your label shape, the cutter drifts at all. This is a normal part of diecutting, and the best way to prevent the cutting off of any important text or graphic elements, or the showing of any plain white around the outside of your label, is to properly set up your art with a safe area and bleed area.