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A BUYERS GUIDE TO PURCHASING FULL COLOR DECALS

This page has been provided to answer most of your questions regarding full color digital imaging and to show how to order the color products.
PLEASE READ THIS ENTIRE PAGE BEFORE
CALLING OR EMAILING US WITH QUESTIONS

TERMS YOU NEED TO KNOW:
IMAGE RESOLUTION: This is a relative term to describe the quality of the image. Most times the resolution is described in pixels and dpi. Better resolution images make better output prints.
BMP, GIF, TIF, JPG, EPS: These are graphic file types. Each one was developed for a specific purpose. The lowest resolution formats are bmp, gif and jpg. The highest resolution formats are TIF and EPS. EPS is especially good because it makes the image into vector format which allows us to rescale the image to any size without reduction in image quality.
SOURCE IMAGE: This is the picture or lettering file you provide to us. It can be in almost any file format, but Photoshop EPS or uncompressed TIF format works best for prints.
PIXELS: Every image is made from tiny specs of light which are called pixels. The size of the image is measured by pixels. Graphics seen on computer screens are a maximum of 600 pixels wide for most screens. In order for us to print, we need at least twice that size.
DPI: (Dots Per Inch) This is the printer's measurement of the quality of your image. The higher DPI means crisper cleaner pictures. However, bad source images will make even worse prints no matter what dpi settings are used. Our equipment can print between 400 and 1440 dpi
OUTPUT PRINT: This is the full color printed product that we produce. It can be printed on white and clear for some products. It can be a full color picture, or a multicolor logo or lettering. The output from our machines can be up to 60" wide and unlimited length. We offer perforated window film (see through back window mural material) for some products.



STEP 1: CREATE OR FIND YOUR IMAGE
This is without a doubt the most important step in the process. The image that you submit to us for printing MUST be of high resolution in order for the print to be crisp and clean. We recomend that the source image is at least 10"x10" or 3000 x 3000 pixels. If you image is not that size, output picture quality will definitely be effected. Do not attempt to resize the image. This will only make the it more pixelated and unusable. The source image must be resampled (If it's digital picture, it must be taken again with a higher resolution setting. If it's an image created using your graphics software, you must go back and remake it larger) The output size of the image will dictate the required size of the source image.

EXAMPLE OF A NON PRINTABLE IMAGE

NON PRINTABLE SOURCE IMAGE

OUTPUT FROM SOURCE IMAGE
This is a typical example of a non printable source image. This image looks bad at 140x140 pixels. If we attempted to print any size print from this it would look like the image on the right.

EXAMPLE OF A GOOD PRINTABLE IMAGE

GOOD SOURCE IMAGE
ACTUAL SIZE 10" x 10" or 3000 pixels

OUTPUT FROM SOURCE IMAGE
This is a printable source image. This image is clear and crisp even up close.
SOURCE IMAGE DOs and DON'Ts
Do:
Send us your highest resolution image (2 megabyte maximum)
Do: Save the image in eps or uncompressed tif format (2 megabyte maximum)
Do: Resample the image if necessary. Bad images make worse prints
Don't: Think that we can resurrect a bad quality image
Don't: Send an image embedded in an email. Send it as an attachment
Don't: Think that a 300x300 pixel image will print a clear 10"x10" print. It will not.

 

STEP 2: MEASURE YOUR VEHICLE OR INSTALL LOCATION
Before we can give you an exact price for your job, we need to know the size of the print and the quantity you require. You will need to give us dimensions in inches (in) for the height (up and down) and width (left to right). Your source image must be roughly the same scale as the dimensions you request. All of our products are custom made to order, so there are no refunds, exchanges or returns on any of our products. Be sure of the sizing before you place an order. We will not have specific car or truck dimensions. You must measure it for your vehicle or installation area exactly.
PRINT SIZE AND QUANTITY DOs and DON'Ts
Do:
Measure with a ruler or yardstick the height and width
Do: Estimate the number of prints you would like. We can provide quantity pricing for specific quantitys (ie 25, 50, 100, 250, 500, 1000, 5000)
Do: Realize that higher quantities will cost less than small quantities
Don't: Expect us to know the size required for a specific vehicle
Don't: Send artwork or call us without size and quantity information.

 

STEP 3: SEND US THE ARTWORK WITH THE ORDER INFORMATION
Send us the following items:
- Printable Source Artwork (as an email attachment)
- Print Size and material type (white/clear or perforated)
- Desired quantities
- Telephone and reachable email information (check your email software so that it does not mistakingly place our confirmation email in a spam folder)
Allow 2 business days to look at and return a confirmation email regarding your order. The confirmation email will include specific pricing for quantities listed, along with a secure link to our shopping cart system to enter payment and shipping information. Once you send in the payment information the order is processed and made within 1-2 business days. Weekends and holidays are not business days. If you have questions that are not covered on this page, call us at 732-625-0101.

Send your artwork and information to edecalshelp @ aol.com

Contact us for more information. We can take a look at your artwork and give you exact pricing, plus give you suggestions on what would work best for your needs. Please be sure to include quantities and sizes for all quotes. Sorry, our order minimum is 6 pieces.

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GENERAL DOs and DON'Ts
Do: Save the image in eps or uncompressed tif format
Don't: Send an image embedded in an email. Send it as an attachment
Don't: Think that a 300x300 pixel image will print a clear 10"x10" print. It will not.
Do: Realize that higher quantities will cost less than small quantities
Don't: Expect us to know the size required for a specific vehicle
Don't: Send artwork or call us without size and quantity information.
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