Digital Artwork Submission Guidelines

Proprietary Material:

One Day Masterpieces can not reproduce copyrighted material without the expressed written permission of the copyright holder. The same is true for trademarks and other proprietary material.

Submission Media:

Digital artwork may be submitted on a 3.5” floppy disk, zip disk, CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, in an e-mail attachment up to 20 MB in size or through your FTP site or through our FTP site. Contact us for FTP information.

Macintosh users will get the best file transfer results by saving their files in BinHex (hqx) format. Multiple files may be archived with WinZip or Stuffit. It is important that we are able to match your artwork to your order. Therefore, please attach your contact information and purchase order number (if applicable) with your artwork submission.

Colors and fonts:

In order for One Day Masterpieces to print the colors that you desire, it is essential that your digital artwork be submitted with at least one of the following:
  • Examples of the colors, such as a full color hard-copy print of your artwork
  • Standardized references for the colors, such as Pantone numbers
In some cases, the machinery prints only one color at a time and it is important that each color is in a different layer.

When the artwork contains text, it is important for print clarity that the text elements are not in the same layer as the graphic elements. Furthermore it is important that the screen & printer fonts and font sizes be embedded in the file to prevent the font from changing when opened by a different computer. If the fonts cannot be embedded, One Day Masterpieces can in most cases insert the text into the artwork, as long as you provide us with the name of the font and an example to follow.

Digital Formats and File Extensions:

Artwork may be submitted in the following IBM/PC or Macintosh formats:

  • Corel Draw (cdr) Version 12 or earlier
  • Adobe Illustrator (ai) Version 10 or earlier
  • Microsoft Word (doc) for text-only artwork
  • Adobe Portable Document Format (Acrobat PDF)

For certain types of jobs, artwork may also be submitted in Adobe PhotoShop or Bitmap formats with the following extensions: psd, eps, ps, tif/tiff, jpg/jpeg, pcx, bmp

Macintosh Users:

We do not have a current version of Quark so Adobe Illustrator or PDF files are preffered. Also please do not compact your files with Stuff-It.

Vector Art vs. Raster Art:

In computer drawing and animation, a shape may be created in one of two ways, either as a raster image, or a vector image.

Vector Art

A vector image defines shapes by coordinates. Vector images have the advantage of being infinitely resizable without impacting the resolution. As such, vector graphics often look cleaner and simpler. On the other hand, vector art works best with solid patches of color and may not represent color gradients well. Popular vector programs include Adobe Illustrator, CorelDRAW, Macromedia Flash and Freehand, Xara X, and Serif DrawPlus. Common vector art file extensions include: cdr, cad, plt, ai, ps, eps.

Raster Art:

A raster image, or bitmap, is a data file or structure representing a grid of pixels, or points of color, on a computer monitor, paper, or other display device. The color of each pixel is individually defined. A bitmap is characterized by the width and height of the image in pixels. The quality of a raster image is determined by the total number of pixels (resolution), Raster graphics cannot be scaled to a higher resolution without loss of apparent quality. Raster graphics are more practical than vector graphics for photographs and photo-realistic images, while vector graphics are often more practical for typesetting or graphic design. Disgital Camera Photos and scanned images are examples of Raster Images. Common raster art file extensions include: bmp, gif, jpg, jpeg,

Art charge:

We do not charge customers an art charge for customer submitted artwork unless the artwork must be significantly altered, vectorized or color-separated. One Day Masterpieces will estimate and obtain customer approval for all art charges prior to starting the work.