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Follow These Steps for Print-Ready Files.

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ALTO™ Aluminum Digital Prepress Guidelines Document Size.

Document size

Files must be at a 1:1 scale. If different, indicate applicable percentage.

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ALTO™ Aluminum Digital Prepress Guidelines Color Profile.

Color Profile

Prepare documents in CMYK. Use Pantone spot colors for color matching.

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ALTO™ Aluminum Digital Prepress Guidelines Image Resolution.

Image Resolution

Preferred image resolution is
300 dpi with a minimum
150 dpi.

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ALTO™ Aluminum Digital Prepress Guidelines Bleeds and Margins.

Bleeds & Margins

Include bleed of 0.5” with crop marks offset by 0.5” and a
safety margin.

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ALTO™ Aluminum Digital Prepress Guidelines Embedded Links.

Embedded Links

Embed all links
(images, logos, graphics).

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ALTO™ Aluminum Digital Prepress Guidelines Fonts.


Convert all text to vector line drawings (create outlines).

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ALTO™ Aluminum Digital Prepress Guidelines Dielines.


Include dielines for holes and special cutting. Indicate stud placement.

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ALTO™ Aluminum Digital Prepress Guidelines File Types.

File Types

We accept high resolution PDF (preferred), PSD and JPEG.

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ALTO™ Aluminum Custom Digital Powder Coated Graphics Important Information

Review all documents at 100% zoom.

All PANTONE colors must remain in spot colors.


Color matching services are at an additional cost.

Margins and decorative borders have special requirements.

Font size is dependent of font color and background color.

SH reserves the right to ask for native files.

For curved panels, request a template from your project manager.

SH uses specific PDF export settings.




Use bright, contrasting colors to make your design stand out. Colors should be bold but balanced so use a combination of warm and cool colors. Play with different color combos to see what suits your design. Complimentary colors are a great place to start!



Keep readability and legibility at the top of your mind when incorporating text into your design. Chose a pleasant and easy-to-read typeface and pay attention to letter and word spacing. Optimal paragraph width is 50-60 characters.


White Space

White space is important. When elements get too crowded the design becomes hard to absorb and you can lose your audience. To use white space to your advantage imagine a grid over your design. Use this grid to place, align and space out graphic elements.


Graphic Elements

To make the design process efficient, gather everything you need before you start. That means logos, icons, graphics, images, etc. and format them for size, resolution and color profile. This will make your life a lot easier!


Test Prints

A design can look one way on a screen and totally different when printed. View the design at 100% zoom on your screen. When you're satisfied, print a section of your design at 100% to verify and correct image quality, colors, typography and written content.

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