Lots of designers like to use Adobe Illustrator to create graphics for digital printing. Personally, I love to work in Illustrator. The files tend to be very small, they resize (ie: scale up) usually without a problem, and they print beautifully. I have, however, run into a common problem with some of the .eps, .ai and .pdf files I’ve received lately so I thought it might be a good time to pass along a tip. One thing you should know is that we don’t print directly from a .pdf file. It’s ok to send them, but we will be converting them to a file that we can use. Depending on the file complexity and/or number of files you need printed, this could add cost to your project. This said, when laying out your artwork, there are two very important things to remember. First, embed your images if you’re using photos or other raster files. Linked images all need to be embedded before they go to press, so if you do it before you send it, it helps reduce graphic time on our end and could save you money. Second, always remember to convert your fonts to outlines. We have thousands of fonts, but not every font, and converting fonts to outlines helps eliminate or reduce the possibility that your art will shift, change or have conflicts.