The Howard Company's Designers have years of experience in Menu Board design, a service which is included when purchasing our menuboards or other products that include graphics*.
You may choose to opt-out of this service by providing your own artwork created to the specifications below. You will receive a layout to review and approve for production. All layouts include up to 3 free revisions/changes (additional charges will apply after the 4th). To reduce the number of revisions, we recommend reviewing the Design Basics for Menu Boards— which includes information on how to determine legible font sizes.
See File Preparation for Print See File Preparation for Digital
Please verify that artwork meets the requirements below before uploading:
If artwork is created in Adobe InDesign —Please export packaged file (Indesign: File/ Package) and submit the packaged folder (Indesign file, Links, Fonts)
You may export files from Layout programs (ie: Quark, Corel, Publisher, PowerPoint, etc.), but note that Designers will likely need to recreate the design in Adobe Illustrator. This could lead to a longer turn-around time
Fonts need to be supplied by the customer or outlined/rasterized
The minimum font size for printed (static) graphics is 36 pts
**Howard cannot make edits for customers if fonts are outlined/rasterized
Art should be actual size (.25” or .5” scale if over 225”)
Include 1/8” (.125”) bleed on all sides
Product images & supported backgrounds should be 300 dpi or above
**Low-resolution images that have been re-sampled to 300 dpi in Photoshop are not high enough quality and will not be accepted
Include Pantone color swatches for correct color matching and future reprints. Click here to choose Pantones. (You may also be provided a physical proof for color matching if Pantone colors cannot be specified). If Pantone swatch is not specified, designers will pick a Pantone that closest matches the artwork provided.
Include all support artwork/photos
CMYK color mode
The requirements below are necessary in order to create editable templates that will allow you to make your own content changes (ie: Updating pricing or Images). Note that the digital software is a Digital Content Manager, and not a design program.
Artwork for digital must be set up in pixel dimensions of 1920 x 1080
**1920px x 1080px for Horizontal screens Download Template
**1080px x 1920px for Vertical screens Download Template
Do not include bleeds
Photos & supported backgrounds should be at least 72 ppi or above
Fonts must be supplied by the customer to have editable templates made
Include all support artwork / photos
RBG color mode
*Graphic orders only and future digital design changes could be subjected to art charges