National Pen Artwork tips
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You should add your imprint to the online order form . The on screen preview enables you to check for typing and spelling errors. The imprint text will be scaled to fit the print area on your chosen promotional product.

Adding a logo to your order

You can add a logo to your order via the logo upload button. There is a box for special instructions on the upload page. Feel free to give us any information you think we need. Remember, that if you require to see a PROOF of your logo artwork prior to production, please tick the selector box.

Accepted Logo File Types

For best quality and quickest production of your order, it is best to upload your logo in vector format. Note: Changing the file name to a vector file extension will not change the file type.

Preferred Vector File Types:

• PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
Embed the fonts used or export as generic .eps
• AI or EPS (Adobe Illustrator)
Convert text to outlines, embed any linked images

Other Accepted File Types:

• BITMAPS(.jpg, .tif, .pcx, .gif, .png, .bmp)
• DOC, PPT or PUB (Microsoft Office Files)
Embed or include fonts

How to Convert Text to Outlines

If you are using Illustrator or other graphic programs, you will want to convert your text to outlines prior to sending the file. This ensures that your font does not get substituted and we will be able to keep your artwork exactly as you submit it.

To do this, on the Illustrator menu. Select text layer, click on “Type” and go down to “Create Outlines”. You can then upload the file with your order

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Please send us Vector instead of Raster

Raster files are made up of pixels and are commonly called bitmaps. Vector files use coordinates to create shapes with points and lines. This file type maintains high image quality at any size.
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Full Colour Artwork


Your file must be at least 300dpi or vector art. If your image is below 300dpi, please do not simply increase the resolution. This will result in a very blurry, pixelated image. Ideal full colour artwork will be 300dpi or higher at the size it will be printed.


The bleed area runs along the edges of your document. You will want to extend any background image or colour all the way to the edge, and slightly past it, to prevent any white borders from showing.

Web Images

When images are taken from a website, they are typically 72dpi. This resolution is not high enough for printing purposes. You may also run into copyright restrictions when using web images and therefore we do not recommend using these in your artwork. The only exception would be if the image was purchased from a stock photo website at a large resolution.

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Imprint Types

Laser Engraved

Imprint is etched into the item via a laser.

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Screenprint Ink

Imprint is pressed through a screen onto the item's surface.

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Full Colour

Imprint is printed in CMYK allowing for the use of photos.

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Full Colour Inkjet

Delivers beautiful and durable print results.

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Pad Print

Imprint is transferred to the item via an inked flexible pad.

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Artwork is heated to transfer dye into surface .

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Imprint is raised onto the item's surface.

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Imprint is depressed into the item's surface.

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Computerized sewing machines stitch the imprint onto item.

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