File Formats

The file formats we provide you with at the end of your logo project should cover most uses you will have for your logo. The most important format we provide is the eps file. This format is for use with Adobe Illustrator and is your master editable vector file. The file format is fully editable and is for use by professioanl designers and printers. If there is a file format  you need and we have not supplied, you can always ask us for it and if it is possible we will do our best to provide it. We are also happy to work direct with your printer of choice to save you from going backwards and forwards trying to solve file issues. Just use the contact form opposite and let us know what you need.

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Tiff File

CMYK Color – 300 dpi high resolution (dpi means dots per inch. This is how the image is made up if viewed under a microscope)

The tiff file is for printing on a lithographic printing press. The CMYK color stands for the four colors that are used in “Process Printing”. Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and the K actually stands for Black. This file format is often requested by print shops. This is one of many file formats that a printer can request.

If you can open this file format on your PC you will often see that the colors are totally different to the other logo files we send you. This is because your computer monitor and often your home/office printer too uses RGB color. RGB color stands for Red, Green, Blue. Your PC does not have the correct filters to read CMYK color. This is entirely normal and when printed on a lithographic printing press the colors will print correct. (Because a lithographic printing press can print many more variations of the color spectrum you may notice a slight difference in the end product compared to what you would be able to print on a home office printer).

It is always best in the case of a consistent corporate identity to use a color matching system like Pantone. You will find a color matching book to view at your local printer.

Perfect for:

  • Professional printing.
  • Home/Office printing that supports CMYK color.

JPG or JPEG

3 sizes supplied = Normal, Medium and Small. RGB Color – 300dpi. These file types are all used for home/office printing in applications like Word or PowerPoint (you import the image into your document) or for web site images in FrontPage or more professional web site editing programs (html editors) like DreamWeaver or GoLive. The resolution of these files is 300dpi which in printing terms is high resolution. We give you several sizes because although it is possible to make your own sizes using the source file (eps file) few people in reality have the tools to do this. The sizes we send are usually sufficient for most things you want to do personally and if you do need anything else you can get the help of a designer with the correct tools to create other sizes as you see fit.

Perfect for:

  • Home/Office printing.
  • Web Design
  • Importing in to Microsoft Office applications like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access etc.

JPG Grayscale

Grayscale – 300dpi. This file type is provided so that you can seek trademark status for your logo. Most trademark organizations will only accept images that are in grayscale.

Perfect for:

  • Trademark application.
  • Home/Office printing.
  • Web Design
  • Importing in to Microsoft Office Applications like Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Access etc.

PSD File

RGB Color – 300 dpi. This file format is used by professional designers and is the native file format of Adobe Photoshop. You need Adobe Photoshop to open this file type. We supply it with a transparent background too so it is great for use by a professional web designer.

Many people mistakenly think the PSD file is your editable supplied source file. This is not true for logo design. For a logo to be used across a large spectrum of uses and applications it is created as a vector file. Vector files can be resized using the right software without loss of quality. Your PSD file can also be used for home/office printing if you have Adobe Photoshop. I repeat. In the case of logo design, this file type is NOT the master file.

Perfect for:

  • Home/Office printing. (Requires Adobe Photoshop. Lite version available on many new PCs as standard)
  • Web Design. (Requires Adobe Photoshop. Lite version available on many new PCs as standard)
  • Graphic Design. (Requires Adobe Photoshop. Lite version available on many new PCs as standard)

EPS File

CMYK Color – This is your fully editable master file that all the other file types are created from. You need specialist software to work with this file called Adobe Illustrator. The eps file is fully editable with the fonts flattened. We flatten the fonts because fonts are just like software and to own a font you must buy the licence. If we did not flatten the font then you would need to buy a copy of the font as well. You are of course free to do that yourself. There are many good font sites on the web but we always recommend Fonts.com or DaFont.com

The eps file is a vector file. All the other file types we send are what is called raster files. Raster files are made up of tiny dots, clearly visible under a microscope. This means that when enlarged in size or reduced significantly in size, raster type files will lose quality. Vector files on the other hand do not suffer from this loss of quality because the image software uses a mathematical technique called vectoring to create the image.

The eps vector file can be reduced and enlarged using the correct software without any loss of quality. This file format is also used by the majority of professional printers.

Perfect for:

  • Professional Printing. (Requires Adobe Illustrator the industry standard for professional printers)
  • Graphic Design. (Requires Adobe Illustrator the industry standard for graphic designers)

AI File

CMYK Color – Fully editable stationery design master file. Professional logo designers use vector drawing tools like Adobe Illustrator to create logo designs and not raster drawing tools like Adobe Photoshop. We also use Adobe Illustrator for stationery design as that is the industry standard for printers.

Perfect for:

  • Professional Printing. (Requires Adobe Illustrator the industry standard for professional printers)
  • Graphic Design. (Requires Adobe Illustrator the industry standard for graphic designers)

PNG File

 RGB Color – 72 dpi. PNG files are a fairly new arrival on the scene. It is a web site file format supported now by most web browsers. The beauty of this format is that the quality of finish is usually high. The PNG file format also resizes much better than Gif files. Request this format on the order form should you require it.

Gif File

RGB Color – 72 dpi. Gif files do not resize well at all. For us to supply you with a transparent gif file you need to tell us the size you need. Otherwise if you try to resize it yourself the results will generally be very poor. Gif files are not the best quality file format and often suffer from pixalation. This is the technical word for jagged edges. If you want this file format you can request it on the order form in the other information area but please remember to supply the size required.

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