February 27


Digital Color Solutions FAQ

By Hackworth

February 27, 2009

Banners, Brochures, FAQs, File Format, Signage

Q: I found an image online that I would like to include in my brochure and on a banner. Is that possible?

A: Generally, images found online are not usable, because their resolution (quality) is poor. While the image may look okay in its original size, it will become distorted once enlarged.

The best options for print media are images between 150 – 300 dpi (dots per inch). You can find the dpi of your image by right clicking on the image and selecting “properties”. The higher the image dpi the crisper the image will print.

Q: I need a durable sign announcing an upcoming event for our lobby. What are my options?

A: While HRI has several possible indoor/outdoor signage options the best option for this particular project would be to mount your poster on either FoamCore or Gator Board.

  • Foam core is an economical option that will last up to 30 days.
  • GatorBoard is a great option for long term indoor use. It is more durable than FoamCore and does not warp or dent.

We recommend that you have your project laminated to reduce fading. HRI can also provide framing options to give your project a finished, professional look.

Q: What is the best format to email my project to be printed?

A. While Hackworth accepts any format, the preferred format is pdf. Printing from a pdf ensures maximum print quality. Projects sent in other versions may need to be reformatted or even recreated to give you the end result that you are looking for. If you are emailing a logo to us, please email it as a vector file (examples of vector files are: image.ai, image.esp, or image.cdr)


About the author

In 1991, Hackworth opened its doors as a blue printer in Chesapeake, VA. Under the direction of Dorothy and Charlie Hackworth and their son Charles, the business is now a full-fledged graphics, printing and technology company serving the Mid-Atlantic.

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