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Formatting Designs for Lumi Editor

How to prepare your artwork for use in the web-based Lumi Editor.

Introduction

These guidelines cover products you can customize in the web-based Lumi Editor. The Lumi Editor allows you to instantly get pricing and checkout, however the design capabilities are limited compared to dielines. You can find Editor products by visiting the Catalog.

For best results follow these guidelines when uploading files to the web-based Lumi Editor:

  • Export your design in a vector file format such as SVG, EPS or AI
  • Limit your design to one color
  • Convert fonts to outlines
  • Convert strokes to filled shapes
  • Use a transparent background rather than white for unprinted areas
  • Adjust overall dimensions in the Lumi Editor, not in your artwork file

Tip: If you would like to create designs with more than one color, two-sided printing or have more control over positioning we recommend using Lumi Dielines.

Use vector files whenever possible

The two main types of artwork files are called raster (such as JPG, PNG, and GIF) and vector (such as SVG, AI, and EPS).

The manufacturing processes we use at Lumi rely on vector artwork. For that reason, the Lumi Editor tries to automatically convert raster files into vector files. Vector artwork provides better quality printing because you can scale it up to any size without seeing jagged edges. However, automatically converting artwork from raster to vector can lead to some unexpected results, particularly if your raster image is low resolution. That's why we recommend uploading vector files whenever possible.

Limit your design to one color

Designs in the Lumi Editor can only have one color. If you would like to use more than one color, we recommend using Lumi Dielines.

For best results we recommend using high-contrast designs such as logos and text. Photography and gradients are generally not suited for our manufacturing processes. We recommend simplifying your graphic to black and white before uploading. The ink color can be controlled in the Lumi Editor.

Artwork dimensions are not preserved

Any artwork dimensions embedded in your file will not be preserved when you upload designs in the Editor. Dimensions are controlled directly in Lumi Editor by using the "Artwork Size" slider (or width and height inputs). These dimensions refer to the overall width and height of the combined elements in your design.

Uploading raster artwork (JPG, PNG, or GIF formats)

Raster artwork is not recommended but if you have no other file format, the Lumi Editor will try its best to automatically convert your design to vectors.

The Lumi Editor accepts standard image formats including JPG, PNG and GIF. For best results, your artwork should be at least 1000 pixels in the longest dimension. The higher the resolution, the more accurate your logo and fonts will appear.

Uploading vector artwork (SVG, AI, or EPS formats)

Vector designs must be relatively simple to be compatible with the Lumi Editor. For best results your vector file should be made up of black filled shapes, no white areas and no strokes. All text must be converted to outlines. All unprinted areas should be transparent, not filled with white.

Our image processor will automatically simplify complex vector files. If you are encountering missing or blacked out elements try following the steps below using Adobe Illustrator or the free Inkscape vector editor.

Converting fonts and shapes to outlines in Adobe Illustrator

If you are starting from a vector file such as EPS or AI, you may need to simplify the design for use in the Lumi Editor.

  1. Simplify your design to one color (choose black for best results).
  2. Remove unnecessary strokes.
  3. Convert text to outlines by using Select All then Type Create Outlines.
  4. Convert all elements to simple shapes using Object Expand Appearance then Object Expand.
  5. Finally Select All then open the Pathfinder panel using Window Pathfinder. Under Shape Modes click Unite.
  6. From the menu bar click File Save As and choose SVG. Save your file using the default SVG options.
  7. You're done! The file is now ready to upload to Lumi.