Graphic Design

To speed your project along, Austin has an in-house graphic design department with extensive expertise. We can help with all aspects of the design and set up your files for a perfect end product. Austin also hosts a dedicated ftp link so you can upload your files with ease.

  • Create original or use client supplied designs
  • Ability to re-work files for better printed label
  • Works directly with sales and production
  • FTP Site for large file transfer

Click here to download a Graphic Design Page Proof Example
(PDF format, 3.8 MB).

Download a copy of our graphics guidelines (PDF format, 64 KB), or call us at 330-928-7999 for help with these guide lines.



Graphic Design Guidelines

This guide has been developed to assist in the flow of information used to generate artwork for your project from conception through plating.

If you are supplying information for a new design or a revision of an existing project, please send Austin all copy, logos, fonts and graphic elements in digital form. If this is unavailable, typed copy and camera ready art is acceptable. To avoid confusion, send only the necessary files to produce the job.


The labels that will be primed using Flexographic Technology have minimum design guidelines. Please inquire if there are any problems adhering to the following standards:

  • Minimum line weight POSITIVE: .010″ REVERSE .015″
  • Minimum type size POSITIVE: 5PT REVERSE 6PT
  • When designing line art, indicate PMS colors. Do not use CMYK or RGB color mixtures. All rasterized process art should be high resolution, conventional CMYK format. (300 DPI or higher at 100% size). Consult us about creating type with process colors.
  • Maximum of 7 colors with varnish, 8 colors without varnish.
  • Austin will apply traps when necessary; .010″ standard trap, .007″ minimum trap
  • If design includes vignettes or screens, use no less than 3% dots. The line screen will be determined by Austin.
  • UPC symbols will be regenerated by Austin with minimum 80% magnification.
  • QR Codes


Our Graphics Department uses the Macintosh platform, but most files are universal and can be opened using a Mac or PC.

File Formats

  • Adobe Illustrator CS5
  • Macromedia Freehand MX
  • Adobe Photoshop CS
  • Quark Xpress 8
  • Some versions of Adobe PDF files can be used

Shipping Digital Files

  • CD or DVD
  • Email (compressed files no larger than 8MB)
  • Austin’s FTP site: Austin will supply FTP uploading instructions as needed.

Submitted files should include layout files of the final design at full size, original support files for any placed graphics and all fonts used in the project.

Other Necessary Items to Include

  • A full-size hard copy proof of submitted files indicating PMS colors.
  • A list of all supplied materials. This may include files, fonts, placed graphics, transparencies, illustrations and any special instructions to facilitate the completion of the project.
  • Full contact information including a project lead should we have any questions.

If you have any questions, please contact us and we will assist you in every way possible. Thank you.

You can also download these guidelines (PDF format, 64 KB).