Sending Us Artwork
We work with some of the best software and machinery in the industry to produce top quality decals and accessories, but like any other printer the finished article is only as good as the original artwork.
Vector and Bitmap Artwork - What's the Difference?
We can accept both vector and bitmap artwork, although we always prefer to use vectors. What's the difference? Well, a bitmap is a conventional image or picture made up of pixels, or bits (tiny squares of colour). Every picture you've ever took from a phone or a camera is a bitmap, as will any image you've ever downloaded from sites such as Google Images. Bitmaps are used whenever memory, or file size, is at a premium - they're really good at transferring large amounts of detail in a minimal file size. The drawback of bitmaps however is that they're a fixed size, and if re-scaled to a size larger than the original then the file will become blurry or pixelated. Whilst we can work with most bitmap images, we cannot improve on the original image quality. Most will turn out fine, especially for the sizes involved with motorcycle decals, but there's always the risk that your product will be blurry or pixelated. If the bitmap isn't of sufficient quality then we'll also be unable to place a cutline on the artwork (the line which our machine follows to cut your decal out), and hence we'll be unable to finish the decal. As a rough idea, the bitmap example shown above on the right is of borderline quality for printing as motorcycle decals - any lower quality and the 'D' in industries would be too fuzzy for us to work with.
Due to these fundamental issues with bitmaps, we always recommend you send us vector artwork if you can. Vectors are common amongst the graphics industry because they can be scaled to any size without compromising image quality. Rather than pixels, vectors use mathematically defined equations, straight lines and curves to define the shapes within a piece of artwork. This means that the same file can be used to create graphics of every size, from the decals for your bike's screen right up to 3m tall truck graphics. There are very few drawbacks to vector artwork, and hence they are becoming more and more common in everyday life (PDF is a vector file type you may have used or heard of). Most companies nowadays will have a vector copy of their logo ready to produce graphics from, so if you're ordering sponsor decals from us it's worthwhile asking your sponsor for the file to make sure your graphics are as professional and as high quality as possible. If you've paid a graphic designer or artist to create a rider or team logo for you, chances are that this will have been created as a vector file too. For larger company logos, vector files can also sometimes be found on logo sites such as brandsoftheworld.com or seeklogo.com, so it's always worthwhile checking before you send us a bitmap image.
We accept the following file types:
Bitmap: .JPEG, .PNG, .PSD
Vector: .AI, .EPS, .PDF, .DXF
If you have more than one file type of the same logo, send us all of them - it's always better if we have a choice!
Large File Transfers
Some files may be too large to send in an email. If this is the case, you can use an online file transfer service to send us your artwork. We recommend wetransfer.com for online file transfers.
The Boring Stuff
By sending us sponsor or company artwork, you are confirming that you have the correct permissions to do so. We cannot be held responsible for any copyright or artwork licence infringements.
If you send us a non-vector (bitmap) image as an artwork file, you are confirming that you are happy with the image quality. We cannot stand over decals and accessories that are pixelated or blurry due to poor quality bitmap artwork.
If you need any more information on sending artwork, or have a query regarding the quality of a bitmap image, please feel free to contact us and we'll try our best to solve any queries!