ASAP CANOPY: Best Practice Artwork Guidelines for Efficient Proofing and High-Quality Prints When preparing artwork for printing, it is crucial to follow best practices to ensure the efficiency of the proofing process and achieve the best possible print quality. In this blog post, we will outline the important artwork guidelines provided by ASAP CANOPY. By following these guidelines, you can save time and resources, and achieve the desired results.


1. Templates:

Graphics designed using the templates provided on our website

Start with a Solid Foundation ASAP CANOPY provides templates for each of their displays, which can be accessed on their respective product pages. These templates are designed to ensure accurate sizing and positioning of your artwork. By using these templates, you can avoid any potential discrepancies between your design and the final print. To download the templates, simply visit the product page and click on the “Download Graphic Template(s)” dropdown menu. Save the template(s) to your local drive to begin working on your design.


2. Resolution:

All artwork is at least 72 DPI when placed on a full scale template

Maintain Clarity and Detail To ensure compatibility with the maximum canvas size of Photoshop and Illustrator, some ASAP CANOPY templates are designed at half scale. Therefore, the resolution of images incorporated into the templates should range between a minimum of 72 DPI and a maximum of 150 DPI. For half-scale templates, increase the resolution to a minimum of 200 DPI. It is critical to verify the resolution of your embedded images by zooming into your artwork at 100% magnification. This way, you can ensure that the details and clarity of your design are maintained.


3. Bleed:

Background artwork is extended to the full size of the document for bleed

Extend Your Artwork for Seamless Printing Most ASAP CANOPY templates include bleed, which is an extension of the background artwork beyond the trim edge. To ensure that your design prints seamlessly, you need to extend the background artwork to the full size of the document for bleed. This means that the intended graphic elements that you want to bleed should fill the entire document or artboard. Remember, there is no need for extra bleed or crop marks.


4. Color:

All artwork is setup using CMYK colors

CMYK Is the Way to Go All artwork for ASAP CANOPY displays should be set up using CMYK colors. This ensures accurate color reproduction during the printing process. Any RGB, HEX, or Pantone colors used in your design will be converted to CMYK. While ASAP CANOPY will do their best to match your branding colors, it is recommended to request a hard proof or consult with your assigned designer for critical color matching concerns.


5. Text:

All text has been converted to outlines

No Font Worries To avoid any font-related issues during the proofing process, convert all text in your artwork to outlines. This step eliminates the need to provide the fonts you used in your design to ASAP CANOPY. However, keep in mind that once the fonts are converted to outlines, they can no longer be edited using the text tool. Double-check your design to ensure that all text has been converted before submitting your artwork.


6. Embed Images:

All images embedded and not linked

Embed Images for Seamless Uploading When sending your artwork to ASAP CANOPY, it is preferred that all images are embedded rather than linked. Embedding images allows you to upload one complete print-ready file, simplifying the proofing process. This is especially common when providing Adobe Illustrator and sometimes Adobe InDesign files. By embedding images, you eliminate the need to include separate image files.


7. File Types:

Final artwork provided as a high resolution PDF, Ai, or PSD file

Delivering Your Final Artwork ASAP CANOPY prefers to receive final artwork in high-resolution PDF, AI, EPS, or PSD file formats. These formats offer the best compatibility and allow for easy editing and modification. While high-resolution image files and Adobe InDesign files are also accepted, InDesign files require linked elements to be included. It is important to note that modifications to flattened PSD files and image formats such as JPEG, PNG, and TIFF are limited.

At this time, ASAP CANOPY does not accept Canva files. By adhering to these best practice artwork guidelines, you can streamline the proofing process and ensure that your artwork prints with the highest quality possible. Following the provided templates, maintaining resolution, extending artwork for bleed, using CMYK colors, converting text to outlines, embedding images, and delivering the final artwork in the appropriate file formats will set you up for success. With ASAP CANOPY’s commitment to excellence, your display graphics will be produced efficiently and accurately, meeting your expectations and reflecting your brand’s identity. So, get started on your next canopy design project and create eye-catching displays that leave a lasting impression.