Make your design scale 1:1. Use mm as the measurement unit. Below you will find the ideal design specifications, for both vector and pixel based files.
If this is all new to you (i.e., you do not know what you are doing). Stop. And just send us the files you already have, together with your wishes, dimensions and film types you require. It will likely save you a lot of time. And hopefully us as well.
Ideally you would send us a vector file in .eps (Adobe CS1) for objects that need to be cut or cut-to-shape. Often the designer of your logo/branding will possess these files.
- Everything, that needs to be cut-to-shape, needs to consist of vectors.
- Fonts have been converted to outline.
- No centre lines but everything converted to outline (outline stroke).
- Colours in CMYK not PMS.
- No linked files, all must be embedded.
- Nothing smaller than 3mm. Lines need at least a width of 3mm. A dot (the smallest possible object) need to be at least 3×3 mm.
- With the exception of floor graphics (floor stickers). A floor sticker cannot contain anything smaller than 50mm. Lines need at least a width of 50mm. A dot (the smallest possible object) need to be at least 50×50 mm. In addition, floor graphics cannot contain shape edges (i.e., spikes, pointy lines, etc.). Edges need to be very curved, shaped like a cirkel, snowman, dogpaw, etc.
- Minimum height of fonts need to be at least 20mm. Script fonts at least 30mm.
- Paths needs to be united.
- Do not use any (complex/multiple) clipping masks.
- Avoid (complex) gradients and/or transparencies.
- Use version CS6 of Adobe Illustrator. And send us your design as an .eps file.
- Preferably high resolution, low compression images.
- We advise a minimum resolution of 3×3 pixels per square mm (75 dpi). Or 3000×3000 pixels per square meter (1000×1000 mm).
- Send us your design as a .png (use transparency for your cut-to-shape design) or .jpg. Low compression, high resolution.
Taking photos of your stained glass windows
Take a photo from inside, on a sunny moment, positioning the camera, horizontally and vertically, in the middle of the glass. To minimise distortions and interference. And hold a white sheet, at a couple of meters from the glass, on the other side (outside) of the window. Generally, it is best to shoot from inside the building outward.