Art Preparation Guidelines

Please consider the following when setting up art files for cartons and displays:

How will your artwork be printed?

Each process involves different design specifications. The most common processes are shown below. Silkscreen and digital printing are also available.

Lithographic Label Files:
  • Digital art may be supplied as Illustrator, InDesign, Quark and/or Photoshop files. PDFs are acceptable in some cases. No low-resolution jpegs, please.
  • Photographic images should be high-resolution (300dpi) images at full size.
  • Please outline text whenever possible, or provide all fonts needed.
  • Critical text/artwork should be a minimum of 1/4″ away from the dieline edge and/or scores.
  • Minimum bleed is 1/2″ out from the dieline. NOTE: If we supply a dieline with label trim included, please bleed the art 1/8″ out from the label trim area (green lines).
Flexographic/Direct Print Files:
  • Digital line art should preferably be vector-based (i.e., Adobe Illustrator) images. Photoshop line art should be 600dpi minimum.
  • Photographic image resolution should be at least 150dpi at full size.
  • Touching colors will be trapped (overlapped about 3/32″) to allow for press movement during printing.
  • Text size minimum is 8 points, if possible.
  • Line weight minimum is 1 point.
  • Critical text/artwork should be a minimum of 1/2′ away from the dieline edge and/or scores.
  • Minimum bleed is 3/8″ out from the dieline.
Dielines or Templates:

Dielines are necessary to assure the proper size and placement of art. Your Sales Representative can obtain one for you in your preferred format (i.e. PDF, eps, etc.).

File transfers:

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FTP Files
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Files can be received and sent via CD to:
Meridian Display
162 York Avenue Saint Paul, MN 55117

Email Art Files:

(If your file is 5mb or smaller)

You can also send files via to

Current Applications/Version:

The art department is Macintosh-based. Available programs include the Adobe CS4 Suite (Illustrator, Photoshop and InDesign) and QuarkXPress 7.3.

Please supply the following:
  • Complete, workable CMYK files; preferably in their native file format.
  • A color printout of the file (when sending art by mail).
  • All supporting files: Linked files and fonts.
  • Appropriate Pantone or GCMI spot colors (if applicable) – indicate coated or uncoated for Pantone. If you need a specific custom color, please provide a sample for color matching.
  • Name of company, project and contact person for any questions related to the project.

Any questions? Contact your sales representative at:

Phone: 1-800-786-2501

Fax: 1-651-227-6861