Artwork Guidelines

Labeling Your Artwork:

To help match e-mailed or hard copy artwork to your order, provide the following information with your artwork:

  • Company Name
  • Contact Name and Phone # (include extension)
  • File Name

Artwork Format:

Forbes uses updated versions of the following graphic programs:

  • Adobe Illustrator CS (Preferred file format)
  • Adobe Photoshop CS
  • Adobe InDesign CS

Forbes will not work with low res multi-color jpegs or artwork pulled from the internet. Microsoft Office Programs (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, ect.) are not graphics programs and will not be recognized as acceptable artwork file formats.


Electronic Artwork:

When sending art electronically, please follow these requirements:

  • Art must be black only (no color, shading or grayscale for dies).
  • Color-separated artwork, with PMS colors assigned when applicable.
  • Four color process art much be composed of high (300DPI) resolution images. If you require PMS color matching, specify all PMS colors. Please request a template.
  • All live text must be converted to outlines. If you are including the fonts, they must be True Type.TTF or OpenType.OTF
  • Vector art is preferred.
  • Raster Images (any image composed of pixels) must be at 600 DPI or more.
  • Always include a hardcopy if possible.

Although we accept art in many forms and formats, electronic art that follows these guidelines is the best method to ensure speedy and accurate production.


**Please Note: Art should be provided “camera-ready” meaning that is should be high quality and sized correctly for the its intended use. If the Forbes Art Team must manipulate your art in any way, we reserve the right to charge up to $35.00 without notification to the customer. Approval will be obtained for any charges above and beyond the normal charge.


Forbes FTP Site:

We have an FTP Site where you can upload your Art Files larger than 9MBs:

Once you have uploaded your file, please send an email to and provide the following:

  • Company Name
  • Contact Name and Number
  • Order Number
  • File Name

Please send your artwork to OR send a disk by mail to:

Forbes Custom Products

10 Forbes Street

Dansville, NY 14437