What is Camera- Ready Artwork?
1.) What does "camera-ready art" really mean?
2.) Artwork -- what you need to supply
3.) What "camera-ready art" is not...
What Is Camera-Ready Art? Camera-ready artwork is artwork that's ready for the camera that captures the dots and density of your artwork and then translates it into a screen, mold or laser template, or whatever based on the imprinting method being used. No matter what color you'd like your imprint to be, the type, artwork and graphic materials should be a very high black-and-white (B&W) contrast ready to be photographed on a process camera. Specific instructions should accompany the artwork. Photos are submitted separately.
What You Need To Supply For Art:
If you are supplying your artwork on paper, you'll want to follow these guidelines to ensure your imprint looks as clear and crisp as possible:
Be sure the images are in black on a clean white background. If you are combining type and graphics, and they've been printed out separately, be sure that every image is placed where you like it within the confines of the product's imprint area and affix each element in position with a spray adhesive or rubber cement. If you are supplying computer-generated art, all type or artwork should be output to a laser printer with at least 1,000 DPI (dots per inch). Although most typical office laser printers produce 300 dots per inch, which is fine for most other applications, it is not high enough resolution for camera-ready artwork. Be sure you've marked it for color either on a photocopy of the original or on the original itself in non-reproducible pen/pencil. If artwork contains complicated separations of colors, you'll need to supply a separate piece of art for each color. Many computer software graphics packages today offer this ability.
What Camera-Ready Artwork is NOT:
Photocopies of any type
Business cards or other printed pieces
Laser-printed copy less than 1000 DPI
Components which need resizing to fit properly
Artwork with pasted and lumpy or taped components
Artwork with smudges or marks with pen or pencil
Continuous tone images; i.e., B&W and color photographs
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