Graphic Centre Frequently Asked Questions

Art, Proofs & Colors

Do you have a Pantone number or CMYK color code already?  If yes, great – that’s all we’ll need to know!  If you need to choose a color or match something previously printed, please call and speak to one of our designers (985) 626-1642.

Please note that RGB and HEX values are NOT appropriate for printed materials.

No. Choose one color or 100; the colors of all digitally printed products are limited only by your imagination!

In most cases, Graphic Centre Signs, LLC will not print a sample unless there is a unique circumstance.  If you have a special need to see a sample print, please call one of our customer service representatives at (985) 626-1642.

In most cases, we do not charge a set-up or art fee.

Under certain circumstances, such as with logo creation, heavy editing, excessive edits etc., a special design fee may be incurred.  We will notify you of any additional fees in advance of proceeding with production.

Unless you have been notified that your design requires a special fee as indicated above, you are allowed up to 3 edits to a proof before any design fees are incurred.

The digital proof you received is a reasonable likeness to the final printed piece.  This proof represents image, art and text placement.  (Please carefully check your proof for errors in spelling, font type, and layout/general design.)

However, since we cannot control the capabilities and limitations of your monitor, we do not guarantee that your monitor’s display of any color, texture, or detail will be accurate.  Due to color variability and settings in computer and other screen monitors, a digital proof backbit by a computer monitor/smartphone/tablet screen can never match the color and saturation of a physical, printed piece.

For this reason, colors are not guaranteed.  We have no liability if the final, printed piece does not match the color(s) of the digital proof(s) displayed on your device.

If you do not have an official Pantone of CMYK print color, Graphic Centre Signs, LLC HIGHLY recommends choosing your color(s) in person from a swatch that has been printed from our printer.  A sample can be mailed to you if needed.  (This isn’t necessary for screen printed signs or companies/persons with whom we already have printing standards established.)

By placing an order with Graphic Centre Signs, LLC, you agree to these and other printing limitations.

Please see the graphic below for a simplified visual explanation of screen vs print colors:

 

In most cases, we do not charge a set-up or art fee for digitally printed products.

Under certain circumstances, such as with logo creation, excessive edits, heavy editing, etc., a special design fee may be incurred.  We will notify you of any additional fees in advance of proceeding with production.

What type of files do you accept?

 

PHOTOGRAPHS: Please send full size (do not crop), print-ready, high resolution jpg (or png if the background is removed and transparent) photo files at minimum 300dpi.  We will notify you if your photograph is not acceptable for print.

 

LOGOS/GRAPHICS: We accept print-ready vector files in an ai or eps format.  If you do not have your artwork in one of these file formats, please contact the graphic designer that created your logo.  If that’s not possible, please send the largest, highest quality file that you do have and we will contact you if it’s not acceptable for print.

 

A note about the most common issue we see with logo files:

 

Please note that Photoshop may be the gold standard in photo editing, however it should NEVER be used for creating logos.  For all of it’s strengths in photo editing (and some might argue for its use in web design), Photoshop is a raster based program with countless limitations when used to create a logo.  Your logo should never be created in a file limited by pixels and resolution.  Logos should always be created as vector files – fully scalable graphics that retain the exact same quality, color and crispness at 2 inches high as they would at 200 feet high.

 

Please see the informative graphic below for a simplified visual explanation of raster vs vector based files.

 

 

By submitting a photo, logo or graphic to Graphic Centre Signs, you certify that you are legally authorized to do so and Graphic Centre Signs is not liable for any suit, claim or demand arising from your reproduction or use of this material.

Can I add a photo, logo or graphic to my sign?

 

Yes.

 

By submitting a photo, logo or graphic to Graphic Centre Signs, LLC, you certify that you are legally authorized to do so and Graphic Centre Signs, LLC is not liable for any suit, claim or demand arising from your reproduction or use of this material.

 

FOR REAL ESTATE SIGNS: Please note that, in addition to the rules set by the Louisiana Real Estate Commission, some companies have Brand Identity Graphic Standards. We work closely with local brokers to ensure that our standard templates are in compliance with both the law and brand standards, however Graphic Centre Signs cannot be responsible for assuring compliance with the ever-changing rules of the LREC, nor the Brand Standards of real estate companies. It is the agent’s responsibility to ensure the correct signs are ordered and all proofs are in compliance with Brand and LREC requirements.

 

Also, any changes made to existing templates, however small, may result in your sign violating local law or brand identity standards. We suggest speaking with your broker before requesting changes to your real estate signs, and sharing the sign proof with your broker before giving Graphic Centre Signs, LLC print approval.

 

Graphic Centre Signs, LLC is not liable for any fines, suit, claim or demand arising from signage that may violate local laws or brand identity standards.

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