Photoshop User Tips

Photoshop User Tips

Resolution, Color Mode, Flattening, Convert to Shape, Saving Files

File Size: Whether you use our templates or you create your own document, please make sure the dimension of your file is the exact size of the finished size.

Image Size and Resolution: In Photoshop, you can go to IMAGE > IMAGE SIZE to find out your image resolution and size.

Photoshop image size

Determine Image Quality from Source

Good Quality:
High resolution / high quality stock photography
High resolution / high quality scanner

Low Quality:
Screen capture of video frame
Low resolution / low quality stock photography
Image lifted off a web-page

Resolution Illustration

Why 125 DPI? Since your banner will be a large format print, you don't need to prepare your file in 300 DPI which is usually used for smaller format print.

  • If you are uncertain of the quality of your images, please call us at 239-433-9738 or email us at

Color Mode: Your file has to be in CMYK mode.


Photoshop color mode

Saving: When you are done with the design, save as new file, flatten all the layers then save as a TIF or PDF file.

Flatten Image

If you need our graphic designers to modify your art work, don't flatten layers but convert all text to shapes.
(Graphic modification is based on $85 per hour. Please call for estimated time.)
Convert text to shapes

You are almost done!

  • Before you upload the file(s) to us, view your graphic in actual pixel view. VIEW > ACTUAL PIXEL
  • Review the entire graphic carefully, especially your logo and photos if any, to make sure it looks good to you.
  • What you see in the actual pixel view is very close to what you will get on your banner(s).
  • If you are satisfied with what you see, please UPLOAD FILES with your contact and order information.

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