Submitting Art for Table Covers and Retractable Banner Stands

Guidelines for FreeHand - Note - we do not work in FreeHand, your final version should be a file that we can open in Illustrator

When You Set Up Your Document

Give your file a name that is easy to associate with your job.
For retractable banners make your design to size, 31" X 79", or 41" X 79" image area. (If your design bleeds, add at least 1/4"of background color on all four sides, outside the image area)
For table covers, print size specs.

RGB color mode will yield brighter colors, CMYK is usually better for skin tones and muted colors.

Document Step Up Document Size

Specify PMS numbers
Select the text or shape to be filled then Windows>Swatches (click the small arrow upper right)>Pantone Solid Coated
Select a color from the Pantone window or type in a PMS number to be placed into the swatch pallet.

Specify PMS ColorsPantone Palette PMS Colors

Placing Bitmap Files

Use this step if your file contains any bitmap images.
Tiff (.tiff), EPS (.eps) Large file, JPEG. (.jpg) Not recommended

Import your images, making sure they are at least 125 dpi at full size.
For more information on working with bitmap images see color space guidlines on the Photoshop page.

Saving The File

Export the file rather than save it.
Export in an Illustrator format, the highest number available in your version, click setup to select RGB colors conversion option.
Name the file with your company name and date, (, or your order number.

Save as
Save As 2


Name file with company name and date, or order number.
File is to size, 31" X 79" or 41" X 79"image area. (Bleeds add 1/4" to each side, outside of image area)
Colors in RGB format.
All text converted to cirves
When laying out the design, make sure graphics and text are not close to the edges allow at least 1.25" to edges of the banner.

Our art staff is available for questions or they can be hired to produce or adjust layouts for you.