Artwork file formats for printing
A PDF is a file format that captures all the elements of the original document as an image that you can view, navigate or print from.
It can be viewed across multiple platforms and devices without the need to have the original software that created it.
The ability to embed fonts within this file type means it is the gold standard for commercial printing as a properly created file will never vary. Express Print & Mail recommends you provide a print-ready pdf when supplying artwork.
This is a vector based format that is essentially self contained and can be placed inside other programs.
Commonly used for wide format printing or signage work.
JPEG or JPG
A common file format for saving images from cameras and those for use on web pages.
It uses a compression formula to save images resulting in a considerably smaller file size but does this at the cost of a reduction in quality.
JPEGs are not suitable for printing due to their quality and low resolution however can be inserted into your artwork as long as the resolution is at least 300dpi.
For additional information go to our Blog/Resources - How to create artwork ready for print