Artwork Guidelines and Information

These standards are provided as a way to save you money! In order to ensure the best quality imprint possible, please provide MANATEE with camera-ready art. Any deviation may delay your order, and/or require additional art charges. If you have any questions regarding these requirements, please contact us.

OF CRITICAL IMPORTANCE: The quality of the artwork used for a job directly affects the final look of any finished custom logo product!


It is a bad idea to provide artwork for production if you've never created artwork at a professional level. A better idea is to describe to us what you want designed and then let us create the necessary artwork for you! Our rates for design work are incredibly reasonable, especially for our high level of experience.  (This suggestion is not a pitch for work - but without question, you should use SOME experienced professional graphic designer!)

A professional design increases exponentially the likelihood that you will be happy with the finished imprinted products. If you decide to use self-designed or amateur-designed artwork that is poorly crafted or less than perfect just to save a few dollars in art charges, then it stands to reason that the finished products will be poorly crafted and less than perfect!

Remember, it is impossible to overcome bad design in the production process. It is impossible to produce great imprinted products without great design and pre-production. So PLEASE give the utmost consideration to the advice we provide here regarding graphic design and art files! We're making these suggestions so that the finished imprinted products look great!

  • To avoid art fees please comply with the artwork submission guidelines below:
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  • Camera-ready is a common term meaning that a document is, from a technical standpoint, ready to "go to press", or to be printed.


  • Vectored artwork allow us to work with any kind of printing or any shape of printing surface.
  • Certain products or printing processes mayrequire special artwork. Consult us for more info.
  • When "Four Color Process" (aka 4CP, Full Color) printing, other artwork guidelines may apply.
  • File Formats We Accept:

  • Adobe Acrobat PDF (.pdf)
  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai / .eps)
  • Adobe InDesign
  • Corel Draw (.cdr)
  • Adobe Photoshop (should be 300 dpi or more at final print size)
  • Tagged Image Format (.tif) (should be 300 dpi or more at final print size)
  • Remember to convert all text to outlines.
    Do not embed raster images in vector files.

    We reserve the right to
    refuse to use artwork that
    will not meet our imprint quality standards when printed.

    Should we imprint "crap"
    it reflects on our reputation,
    which we take seriously!

    File Formats We Do Not Accept:

  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft PowerPoint
  • Microsoft Publisher
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Adobe PageMaker
  • Any Word Processing program
  • Internet and Web images (.jpg, .gif, .wmf, .png, etc.) - these have too low of resolution to imprint well.
  • Although we can redraw files and logos, you will incur art charges at $30 per hour, wiuth the minimum art charge being ONE HOUR.

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