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File Preparation for TAP Graphics

Applications used at TAP Graphics:

Adobe Illustrator
FlexiSign Pro

File preparation is generally required to ensure a successful importation of files into TAP computers. Although we can import many types of files (see list below), we have the best results with EPS, AI (Adobe Illustrator), or PDF. Please use one or more of these, if possible.

Check your application documentation if unsure how to do the following:

• Eliminate all shading, halftones, gradient fills, or layering.
• Convert strokes/line thickness to outline.
• Convert all fonts (text) to curves or paths.This eliminates the need to have your font on our system.
• Weld or join any overlapping objects to eliminate intersecting lines.
• Export file(s) to cd or flash drive or e-mail to tapgraphics@tapplastics.com.

Mac Users: Export file as a PC format EPS or AI, cd or flash drive e-mail to tapgraphics@tapplastics.com.

Sending Files:
e-mail as an attachment: tapgraphics@tapplastics.com
Mail disk to:
TAP Graphics
3011 Alvarado Street
San Leandro CA 94577
If Additional Help Is Needed:
call 510 357-3762 or
fax 510 357-3067
Monday–Friday • 8am to 4:30pm.

Scanning Artwork. If digital artwork is not available, or your file does not import properly, we can scan/edit a clean print (up to 8.5” x 14” for a onetime fee. Once we see your actual artwork we can give you a firm quote. Large, clean artwork saves time and money; and results in a more professional finished product. Once entered into our system, your file will be stored for future use and can be modified, if necessary.

File formats requirements for TAP Graphics
Adobe Acrobat File Format • PDF
Adobe Illustrator • AI
Encapsulated Postscript Format • EPS
Tag Image File Format - not compressed • TIF
Joint Photographic Experts Group • JPEG
Bitmaps 200 dpi or above