Graphic Submission Guidelines

We at Complete Design & Packaging are committed to moving your files quickly and error-free through our facility. Please help us do so by following the below guidelines for any graphic files submitted to our prepress department.


All Graphic files should be submitted with the following assets to achieve the best print quality at Complete Design & Packaging:

Graphic file(s)

Graphic file(s) must be at 100% actual size and placed on the print side of the correct CAD. It is best to package the graphic files including fonts and links. We accept AI or ID format along with a high resolution PDF file. Note that we prefer AI files if possible. Layers within the graphic file should only have the approved graphics and CAD supplied. Please remove all graphic elements and layers that should not print. Make sure the graphics, CAD and DIMS are on three separate layers.

Resolution of linked files

Resolution of linked files must be no lower than 180 dpi.


Bleeds need to be 3/8” and this includes all raster images. Remove graphic from tabs or bottoms of structures that do not need to print.

Color Matching

Color Matching is best processed if we are supplied with a PMS color.


Fonts should be submitted as TrueType fonts, outlined, or both. Outlined is preferred. The smallest a font can be as a positive is 10pts. The smallest a font can be as a negative is 12pts. It is best to use thick fonts when printing a negative font so that it stays open and is easily read. With this is mind, it is also best to refrain from using serif fonts that could possibly fill in during the print process at the thinner areas of the font design. See examples below of different fonts. Line Thickness is best held during the print process with a positive line no thinner than 1pt. A negative line will print best at 2pts.
Font Samples