General Projects: 1-2 Business Days.
Complex Projects: Up 5 Business Days or More.
For an accurate estimate, TAS will need all the specifications of your project. For simple projects we can provide estimates same day or next day via email. On specific occasions we are able to provide you an immediate verbal estimate. Verbal estimates are not guaranteed. We will then follow that up with a documented estimate via email, text or hard copy. Please ensure you have a documented estimate before moving forward.
General Projects: 1-5 Business Days, after cost approval and required deposit.
Complex Projects: Up to 10 Business Days or More, after cost approval and required deposit.
With all information, clear instructions, accepted art files art_guidelines TAS generally can create initial proofs accurately and quickly.
General Projects: Same Day to 5 Business Days.
Complex Projects: Up to 10 Business Days or More.
It advisable to provide all the revisions at once to avoid delays in the total project timeline. TAS understands that some revisions are simple, some are complex, some are in-between. We will make every effort to complete your revision as quickly as possible.
Due to the current global supply chain and shipping issues TAS does not guarantee or warrantee a concrete production time. Any verbal acknowledgement of your due dates will only be considered as a “best scenario.” TAS is beholden to getting supplies consistently to be able to operate an our normal
Production timeline will vary depending on the project. The timeline will start the business day after approval is given prior to 2pm PST. The items would be available the day after the last production day.
Standard Screen Printed Items: 10-12 Business Days.
Complex Screen Printed Projects: 10+ Business Days.
Standard Embroidered Items: 10-12 Business Days.
Complex Embroidered Items: 10+ Business Days.
Standard Heat Applied Items: 10-12 Business Days.
Complex Heat Applied Items: 10+ Business Days.
Standard Rhinestone Items: 10-12 Business Days.
Complex Rhinestone Items: 10+ Business Days.
Standard Jackets: 5-6 Weeks.
Specialty Jackets: 6+ Weeks.
Standard Chenille Patches: 12-15 Business Days.
Complex Chenille Patches: 15+ Business Days.
Standard Items: 12-15 Business Days.
Complex Items: 15+ Business Days.
Standard Embroidered Patches: 10-12 Business Days.
Complex Embroidered Items: 12+ Business Days.
Standard Leather Patches: 12-15 Business Days.
Complex Leather Patches: 15+ Business Days.
Standard PVC/TAS FLEX Patches: 15-20 Business Days.
Complex PVC/TAS FLEX Patches: 15+ Business Days.
Standard Real Estate Signs: 3-5 Business Days.
Complex Real Estate Signs:5+ Business Days.
Standard Storefront Signs: 10-12 Business Days.
Complex Storefront Signs: 12+ Business Days.
Standard Political Signs: 3-5 Business Days.
Complex Political Signs: 5+ Business Days.
Standard Canvas & Photo Prints: 3-5 Business Days.
Complex Canvas & Photo Prints: 5+ Business Days.
Standard A-Frame Signs: 3-5 Business Days.
Complex A-Frame Signs: 5+ Business Days.
Standard Yard Signs: 3-5 Business Days.
Complex Yard Signs: 5+ Business Days.
Standard Banners & Flags: 3-5 Business Days.
Complex Banners & Flags:5+ Business Days.
Standard Off-Set/Flat Printing: 3-8 Business Days.
Complex Off-Set/Flat Printing:8+ Business Days.
Standard Decals, Stickers & Labels: 3-12 Business Days.
Complex Decals, Stickers & Labels:12+ Business Days.
Standard Vechicle Magnets: 3-5 Business Days.
Complex Vechicle Magnets:10+ Business Days.
Standard Spot Vechicle Graphics : 3-5 Business Days + 1-3 Business Day Installation.
Complex Spot Vechicle Graphics:5+ Business Days + 1-5 Business Day Installation.
Standard Vechicle Wrap : 6-11 Business Days + 1-3 Business Day Installation.
Complex Vechicle Wrap:11+ Business Days + 1-5 Business Day Installation.
Standard Promotional Items: 6-21 Business Days.
Complex Signs:21+ Business Days.
We recommend saving as a PDF file. You may also send the file in the following types: JPG, JPEG, TIF, TIFF, EPS, and PNG.
We prefer that you send PDF with embedded or outlined fonts. PDF files are easier to handle and will likely speed up your turn-around. Remember to flatten your files before uploading.
For Roll Labels, we recommend designing:
If you send us an RGB file, there is a chance that a color shift may occur and you may not be satisfied with your job.
You should always start and finish your designs in CMYK color mode.
Low resolution files may be printed as is or will be placed on hold until we receive new files, slowing your turn-around.
We only accept 300 dpi files and no less.
Bleed must extend past the cut-line and will be trimmed from the product during the final cutting phase. When the image is required to extend all the way to the edge, bleed is needed to preserve the finished look and the quality of the final product.
Please keep all text at least 0.125" inside the cut-line.
We recommend using our templates at all times.
Yes, but if the border is too close to the cutline, it may be cut off-center slightly.
We cut through many sheets at a time, so watch your borders to avoid an unwanted mistake.
TAS LLC. requires Print Ready files with proper rotation. Files submitted are printed HEAD to HEAD as-is based off your files.
Make sure to set up your files so that when we print them HEAD to HEAD the final product will read the way you would like. Also, front and back files need to be set up either both sides vertically or both sides horizontally.
If you would like your back file to be upside down, please send your artwork as shown below.
If you have a fold-over or greeting card, please send your artwork as shown.
For files not properly set up, TAS will use best judgment and will not be responsible for improper rotation.
Any transparency issue can be resolved before saving your file.
To prevent this, never use shadows, glows, or any other transparency (image or otherwise) on top of a spot color. Always convert your spot color to CMYK and flatten before sending.
All of these effects will cause transparency problems.
When sending artwork, do not send extra files, like proofs or samples, because they might get printed. Only send the files you need printed.
We are not responsible for these kinds of files being printed. Unless requested by one of our employees, DO NOT send files that you do not want printed.
Primarily used to intentionally overlap inks for a number of reasons, overprint can cause unexpected results. We suggest that you turn all overprint objects off before submitting your files.
In this case the logo was set to overprint. The colors from logo are mixing with the colors from the background. Unexpected results may occur if you have accidentally set certain objects to overprint. Always check logos and other artwork before submitting.
No. We are now specifically set up to process one side at a time, and this requires that each side of a job must be on a separate file.
Not separating files will cause delays and you might have to send the files again. Remember to separate the pages of your .pdf files as well.
When creating a Spot UV job, you must include a Spot UV template file along with the regular print file. The Spot UV template file is used to show where the UV coating needs to be applied.
For better quality we recommend creating mask files in vector based programs such as Illustrator or CorelDRAW.
Please only use solid 100% K to indicate where you would like the UV. Do not use shadows, glows or grayscale images. White will indicate no UV.
Remember, if it's white, you can write!
When using a blue in your design, always make sure to leave at least a 30% difference in your Cyan and Magenta values.
Blue is close to purple in the CMYK spectrum. Remember, use a low amount of magenta whenever using high amounts of cyan to avoid purple.
When exporting from any program such as Indesign or Illustrator, use these settings to make sure your .PDF files export correctly.
We also have a PDF Preset (.joboptions file) to make it easy to create a TAS Print Ready PDF. Download the file, then double click. This will install a Preset into all Adobe products (Photoshop, Illustrator, Indesign, etc..) so you can choose it while saving your PDF. Click here to download.
NOTE: Due to Adobe limitations, this preset will not convert all colors into CMYK. You must convert all colors to CMYK before saving your file.
Grayscale images that are converted to CMYK will have a color shift in the final print. That shift may be green or yellow.
Always check the CMYK values of your grayscale in the final CMYK document. If there are other values other than K in your grayscale image, there is a chance that the color will vary.
To eliminate all values other than K, use your Channel Mixer (adjustment layer) in Photoshop, then click "Monochrome" and adjust accordingly.
Rich black is an ink mixture of solid black, 100% K, with additional CMY ink values. This results in a darker tone than black ink alone. If you print black alone as 100% K, the resulting black may not be as dark as you might like.
We recommend using
This will give you a deep, dark, rich black.
*Products that are printed with dye-sublimation (9oz Premium Polyester Banner, Flags, Table Covers, Fabric Tube Displays, etc.)
call for the following color values:
Cracking of the edges of a business card sometimes occurs when the card contains high values of ink, as in dark colors.
This usually happens on a small amount of cards in the run. To prevent this, use lighter colors or if you must use dark colors, use as little ink as possible.
There are three different ways Pantone colors can affect the way your job prints.
first is by object effects, such as shadows or glows, on top of your Pantone colors. Here is what the effects will look like on screen:
Here is what the effect looks like after printing:
As you can see, when a Pantone color is under these object effects, transparency issues show up during printing. To avoid this, convert all your Pantone colors into CMYK before submitting your order.
The second way Pantone colors can affect your file is when you use transparent images. Here is what a transparent image looks like on screen:
Here is what a transparent image looks like after printing:
You can see the image is no longer transparent on top of the Pantone color. These white areas will show up during printing. To fix this issue, convert all your Pantone colors into CMYK. This must be done before submitting the order.
The last way Pantone colors can affect your order is the color conversion between a Pantone color and CMYK. If you use Pantone colors in a job that will print CMYK, your job might print with undesirable colors.
Here are some examples of what the Pantone color looks like in the Pantone color book and what the CMYK print will look like:
If you send in a job with Pantone colors, the CMYK conversion will change the Pantone color. Before sending your order, make sure all Pantone colors have been converted to CMYK.
This depends on what the final output size will be, and its viewing distance. Please reference our Scale & Resolution Example Chart and Letter Visibility Chart below: