Vector File Information:
Submitting a proper vector file will help keep art costs down and ensure that your order is processed quickly and accurately. Vector files are produced in Adobe Illustrator (.ai, .eps, .pdf) and CorelDraw (.cdr), and are the only files that we can use when a decal needs to be cut to shape, because these programs allow for individual line and shape components that are necessary for die-cutting. Vector based files can also be enlarged without losing image quality. Raster images that are creating in Adobe Photoshop (.jpg, .tif) are resolution based images (like a photo) and do not have line specific components to cut from, and when enlarged, may become blurry and pixelated depending on the original resolution of the image submitted.
LEFT SIDE VECTOR FILE FORMAT:
Submitting a vector file like the example on the left, could result in extra art fees, because our artists would need to clean up the file to resemble the "wire-frame" example on the right for proper die-cutting (cut to shape) output. If the file were not adjusted when it came time to cut the decal to shape, the computer would read all the different lines and cut them all, which would not result in the solid figure you see on the right hand side. However, if your vector file doesn't need to be cut to shape, then the left hand side formatting would be okay.
RIGHT SIDE VECTOR FILE FORMAT:
The right hand side vector format is the proper way to send a vector file for cutting. It shows the computer cutting blade the exact shape to cut out because it is a solid and fluid shape. As you can see, the left hand side "wire-frame" image, has tons of intersecting lines and shapes which when cut will all cut into one another, and won't form the solid shape you see on the right.