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Should I remove Hidden Layers in my artwork??

Yes. Just like transparencies, hidden layers in artwork can have unpredictable results when printed. These results are not always visible in previews. We highly suggest that you remove any layers, objects, and effects that are not meant to appear in the final graphic or you may flatten the artwork or submit as a jpeg.

How do I submit multiple artworks for a single nyc order??

At this time, NYPrintCenter can only accept one artwork file per job. Please create one job per artwork you intend to submit. This can be done quickly in the shopping cart by selecting “Duplicate this job”.

What file types does nyc accept??

We only accept these file formats: JPG and PDF (single page) 

Please make sure your artwork size is the same exact size of your order. Also,do not include any bleed or crop marks.

What file specifications does nyc recommend for fast processing??

We accept JPG and single page PDF. We suggest 150 dpi resolution at 100% of the final print size.  Also do not include any bleed or crop marks.

Should I include any fonts with my files??

NO.  Instead, please ensure that all fonts are outlined prior to file upload.  If you are using Photoshop, please provide flattened file only.

Do I need bleed or crop marks for my files??

No bleed or crop marks.  Make your artwork match the size requested on the order.  We are not responsible for crop marks or registration printed.

My artwork file contains transparency, will it print ok??

No, it is always best to flatten any file you send to NYPrintCenter.  NYPrintCenter considers flattening transparency part of basic file setup and will not check for this issue.

What is the difference between raster and vector??
Raster-based artwork such as photos or flattened artwork (from Adobe Photoshop) are made up of tiny squares (pixels), and depending on your resolution and/or final output size desired, the file could have a low quality end result.  Any raster elements you wish to use should have a high enough resolution (DPI) before considering them for your large format product.
Vector-based artwork such as illustrations or clip-art style elements (from Adobe Illustrator) is made with mathematical calculations, and can be scaled up to any size without losing quality.  Keep in mind that any effects used in Adobe Illustrator are raster-based and have transparency:  this greatly adds to file size and you must have correct settings in your “Document Raster Effects Settings” to ensure best output for these effects.  If you are doing a photo-quality print on a 36″ x 48″ poster, and leave the raster effects settings at default 72 DPI – you may see tiny squares in your drop shadows, as opposed to a smooth shadow.
Does NY Print Center borders??

You may include borders in your artwork, but NYPrintCenter does not recommend it. Borders may vary from batch to batch making exact cuts very difficult. We will not reprint an order with borders of varying widths.

What is overprint, and how can it ruin my file??

Overprint is used to intentionally overlap inks for a number of reasons. We suggest that you turn all overprint objects off before submitting, for it may cause unexpected results.

What settings should I create my PDF in Adobe Illustrator??

For Illustrator CS2 and above it is recommended to use the “High Quality Print” preset.

Flag Templates?

To see Flag Template Click Here

Table Templates?

To see Flag Template Click Here

Trade Show Product Templates?

To see Trade Show Products Template Click Here

Event Tent Templates?

To see Event Tent Template Click Here

Tension Fabric Stand Templates?

To see Tension Fabric Stand Template Click Here

How do I create a smooth gradient??

When creating gradients in your artwork, we highly suggest creating those gradients in Photoshop, and not in Illustrator. the reason being, is that Illustrator is a vector based program and doesn’t raster the gradient the same way Photoshop does, and it will create “Steps” in the gradient that look like lines in the final print. The only way to cure this is to create the gradients in Photoshop and then either import the gradient into illustrator, or just completely design the artwork within Photoshop. Please see the attached photos, you can see how much smoother the gradient is in the Photoshop image vs the Illustrator image.

Can I submit an encrypted pdf??

No. Encrypted PDF files may result in a misprint or your order being placed on hold. Please make sure all PDFs submitted are not encrypted, all fonts are outlined and all images are embedded.

General Knowledge

Is nyprintcenter.com a trade-only website??

nyprintcenter.com is a resource for the Trade-Only.  We do not compete with trade customers for their clients.  To sign up for a trade account, please Click Here

Do you color match??

We do not color match.

Do you print using any Spot or Pantone colors at nyc??

We only print 4 color process (CMYK).  If you use Spot or Pantone colors, please have them converted to process colors prior to file upload.

What size are your grommets??

We use #2 grommets, which are approximately 3/8”.  Grommets are placed every 2′ standard.

Explanation for turnaround service?

Turnaround time begins once your file is uploaded. 

If your file is placed on hold, the turnaround time will begin once you select ‘Run As Is’ or once a re-uploaded file is received.

If an email design proof is requested, the turnaround time will begin once you approve the design proof.

 All the times are based on normal business days, Monday through Friday, excluding federal holidays. Please note this does not include shipping time.


If an order is uploaded on a business day BEFORE 12 noon PST, then it will be shipped on the following business day. (If there is a problem with the file, it won’t be shipped the next day.)

Store Pick-up:

If an order is uploaded on a business day BEFORE 12 noon PST, then it will be available for pick-up on the following business day after 3:30 p.m. PST. (If there is a problem with the file, it won’t be ready for pick-up the next day.)  You will receive an email notification if the order is ready earlier.

Same Day Order:

  1. Shipping Orders:
    If an order is uploaded on a business day BEFORE 12 noon PST, then it will be shipped the same day. (If there is a problem with the file, it won’t be shipped until the next day.)
  2. Store Pick-up:
    If an order is uploaded on a business day BEFORE 12 noon PST, then it will be available for pick-up on the same day after 4:00 p.m. PST. (If there is a problem with the file, it won’t be ready for pick-up the same day.) You will receive an email notification if the order is ready earlier.
Why do you have a minimum charge per item??

While we offer competitive pricing, we have to account for production and labor costs for each job.

Order cancellation?

An order can be canceled at any time prior to it entering into production. To cancel please log in to our website to view your order details and click cancel print job. If you do not see a button for cancellation, the job has gone into production and cannot be canceled.

Why does it take so long to upload files??

Your file size and your network connection are the two main factors affecting upload speed. Another way to ensure your file gets uploaded in a timely manner is flattening your files.

What is the recommended font size for my banner or sign to be viewed from a distance??

This depends on what the final output size will be, and its viewing distance.

Do you offer hemmed edges??

Yes, we do traditional sewn hemmed edges.

Is there any maintenance or cleaning required??

The best method of cleaning your outdoor vinyl banner is to lay it flat (if possible) on a clean area, table or floor. It is recommended that you use a mild dishwashing liquid and warm water to rinse. Do not use any harsh abrasive or petroleum type cleaners. Clean and dry each side before storing. You must ensure it is completely dry prior to roll up and storage. Place your banner back in box and store it flat, not vertical. If it is standing up vertically, it may wilt and warp causing wrinkles over time.

Why is ink chipping off??

The reason you might have chipping on some edges of your product is most likely due to the heavy ink coverage that you used in your artwork. Once your prints are cut down, there are chances that if you used dark colors at the cut lines – there will be some chipping that occurs after the cutting process.

Should I scale down my artwork??
It is not always necessary to scale your artwork down but here are a few good things to know
Vector Art
Is your file be over 200″? If yes you will want to scale it down to 50%. While Illustrator has a maximum artboard size nearly 228″. Acrobat and others will only read up to 200″ resulting in lost artwork. So while the artwork looks ok in Illustrator, it will not print correctly.
Raster Art
Will your file be over 30,000 pixels along either axis? If yes you will need to reduce the resolution of the file to reduce the overall file size to 30,000 or less. This will maintain the correct file size and aspect ratio. Don’t be worried about losing quality. A 30,000 pixel document at 150dpi is nearly 16′ and would not be viewed close up anyway.
Reprint/Return Policy?

If there is any issue with your order you must report the problem within 5 business days after the delivery date. Please call us and a representative will assist. If you do not contact us with in that time frame we will assume that your job was correct at the time of receipt.

The following are some guidelines and examples of issues that do not constitute grounds for a refund, or a return or reprint of a product:


  • An order that is refused at time of delivery or undeliverable orders. (We will reship the product at the customer’s expense if requested).
  • The product is lost, delayed or returned to NYPrintCenter due to an error made by the customer in submitting the proper shipping address. (For product that is later found or that is returned to us we will reship the package with a corrected address and charge an additional shipping fee for the shipment).
  • Product that is delayed in production and/or shipping as a result of the customer providing inaccurate information.
  • Product that incurs a higher shipping charge as a result of the customer providing inaccurate information.
  • Product that is delayed in production and/or shipping as a result of shipping company delays, acts of God, weather conditions, environmental or dangerous goods incidents, perils of the air, public enemies, public authorities acting with actual or apparent authority, acts or omissions of customs officials, authority of law, quarantine, riots, strikes, work stoppages or slowdowns, or other labor disputes or disturbances, civil commotions or hazards incident to a state of war, local or national disruptions in ground or air transportation networks or systems due to events beyond our control, disruption or failure of communication and information systems, disruption or failure of utilities, international customs issues, and any other circumstances that are beyond our direct control.
  • Errors that are contained in the uploaded customer file, e.g., misspelling, graphics, grammar, damaged fonts, punctuation, die lines, transparency, overprint, and finished product size. NYPrintCenter does not any changes on customer files.
  • Product that experiences print or images that are fuzzy, pixilated or otherwise distorted as a result of the customer providing artwork that is not at a minimum of 150 DPI at 1:1 ratio (or 100%) and/or in CMYK mode.
  • Products that do not exactly match color or ink density. NYPrintCenter does not color match or match customer specified ink density.
  • Orders that are duplicated as a result of customer error.
  • Orders that are canceled after the order has entered into production (or any process thereafter).
  • Orders that contain dated materials that arrive after the relevant date or with insufficient time to use the material as intended. It is a customer’s responsibility to allow sufficient time when placing an order for time sensitive materials.
  • Our failure to notify you of any delay, loss or damage in connection with your printed products or shipment or any inaccuracy in such notice.
  • The release of an order by the shipper without obtaining a signature.


Do you print white??

We do not currently print white ink.

Am I able to do a size change after my order has been placed??

Unfortunately we are not able to modify your order’s size details. Please cancel your existing order and place a new order with the size desired.

Are you able to print banners to the exact dimensions requested??

Depending on the size of your banner, you may receive a banner that is slightly shorter in length. Unfortunately, we can not guarantee exact dimensions due to the nature of large format printing process, where print heating/drying and media roll advancement may be factors in the result of your final banner print size.

Can exact measurements be cut for all products??

Because of the different materials used and the finishing of our products, there is no guarantee for exact measurements of your order. There can be a very small percentage that could be off because of this reason. We do our due diligence to make each product exact to the size requested, but there could be a small measurement that could be off because of the production finishing or material of your order.

What if I forgot to upload artwork after ordered??

Artwork submitted 30 days after order was placed will not be updated. In this case please contact us

Do you offer sample kit??
Yes, we offer a complimentary sample kit of a variety of our products including our best-sellers. So you can really see and feel the quality of our products. Please scroll all the way down and you can click on “Request Sample Kit”.

Your kit includes:

  • 13 oz Vinyl Banner (Matte)
  • Backlit Film
  • Mesh Banner
  • Fabric (Wrinkle Free)
  • Adhesive Vinyl (Gloss)
  • Adhesive Translucent Vinyl  (Matte)
  • Adhesive Vinyl (High Performance – Gloss)
  • Canvas
  • Window Perf
  • Popup Poster
  • Poster paper (Matte)
  • Polyester Flag Material
Custom Flag maintenance disclosure?

Weather you are ordering a street banner, large banner, or a long time use banner it is suggested to have the following additonal finishing options selected:

  • Webbing
  • Reinforced Corners
  • In addition to the finishing options it is suggested all grommets to be used upon installation
Do I need special Banner finishing??

In order to ensure the longevity of your flag and to honor any future claims we recommend the following maintenance be preformed.

When installing the flag it is recommended at least two people are used to set the flag up to prevent any damage to the flag or hardware.

Ensure all bearings are properly lubricated prior to the first use of the flag, and well lubricated thereafter to ensure rust doesn’t accumulate in or around the hardware. Lubricants such as
WD-40 will be sufficient.

Bring flag and hardware inside every night and upon rain or heavy wind.
Flags are not meant to withstand extreme weather conditions and should not be left outside for extended periods of time.

The flag should be placed in a location where it can move freely without coming into contact with objects such as trees, fences, walls, buildings etc. It is possible the flag may be scratched, ripped or damaged if it does come into contact with any objects.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Artwork Shipping

How will you ship my banners and signs??

All NYPrintCenter products will be shipped using UPS. Due to some restrictions set forth by UPS, we have taken measures to ensure competitive shipping rates.

All banners 96″ and under on their shortest side will be rolled and shipped in standard corrugated boxes. All banners over 96″ on their shortest side will be folded and shipped in a square box.

All other NYPrintCenter orders will be boxed and shipped according to their size. Other special shipping request, please call us.

How come you don't offer shipping on large rigid signs??

At this moment, sizes over 3′ 10″x3′ 2″ are only available for Store Pickup. We currently are not able to ship sizes larger than 3′ 10″x3′ 2″.

Can I ship your products on my shipping account??

At this time, we do not have this option.

Do you offer same day service??

Yes, we do.  However, your order has to be placed before 12 noon PST to be qualified for same day service.

Can I upgrade my shipping??
Yes, you can upgrade your shipping or change an address the day before an order is scheduled to ship. Please contact us immediately and a Customer Service Representative will assist and confirm this change.* **
*Upgraded shipping charges will apply.
**Shipping cannot be changed once a job has entered “Packing” status.
Can I change my order from store pickup to shipping??

Yes, you can change from store pickup to shipping.  Shipping fees will apply and need to be resolved before your item(s) will ship.

Does nyc offer group shipping??

Group shipping is available for jobs which have same/matching materials, Turnaround time, shipping address, shipping method, and same order.

Group shipping discounts are applied to items with shipping fees of Lesser Value.

Note: If you decide to cancel the item with the highest shipping fee value within a group ship, your group shipping discount will vary. And we cannot combine items from different orders.
Why is my shipping charge high??

Due to the large physical size of products some orders may have higher than expected shipping charges. Unfortunately there is little of what we can do as we are bound by the limitations set forth by our shipper, in this case UPS.

Where is your store pickup location??

Orders shipping via FedEx Ground may take 1-5 business days in transit depending on your location. Weekends, holidays, and observance days do not count as transit days.

Note: We are not liable for late shipments due to FedEx exceptions, such as bad weather conditions. If you received a late package and would like to be considered for a shipping refund, please notify us. We will contact UPS to see if a reimbursement is possible, however it is not guaranteed.

How come my order shipment is taking longer than expected??

Our store pickup location is at 330 E 39th St, Suite 7L, NY 10016. Please bring a copy of your invoice when picking up your order.

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