What Type of Files Can be Used for Print

What Type of Files Can be Used for Print

When you are creating your own print files, there are a few things that you need to keep in mind. The most important element is that your file needs to be high resolution and either in .ai or .eps format. When these formats get sent to the printers, they’ll be able to produce high quality prints with all of your fonts and colors looking just how you want them to look.


EPS, an Adobe Illustrator file format, is a vector file type used to create print files. EPS files can be opened and edited in Adobe Illustrators, but they cannot be exported as other formats like PDF or JPEG.

EPS files are created using the “Save for Web & Devices” option under the File drop-down menu in Adobe Illustrator.

You can also convert other image types into EPS to make them print-ready!


Adobe Illustrator (AI) is a vector graphics file format. A vector graphic is scalable, which means you can increase the size of your artwork without losing any quality. Vector files are often used for print because they can be printed at any size and will still look crisp and sharp. They’re also common on the web because they don’t require an image to be resized when their screen resolution is changed (for example, from 1024×768 to 1600×1200). Vector graphics are often used on mobile devices too because they scale well when viewed on small screens.


PSD is a layered file format that can be used for print. It’s not recommended for web use, as the layered nature of PSD files makes it difficult to optimize images for the Web.

If you’re going to use a PSD file, make sure it’s optimized!  Be sure to check each layer and make sure that it doesn’t include any unnecessary elements (like unused layers).


PDF is a file format used to share documents between different software and operating systems. PDF files can be opened and printed on any system, regardless of what kind of computer or printer you have.

PDFs are also available in a variety of formats called “layouts”. For example: 2-up or 4-up means two pages per sheet; portrait/landscape refers to how the page is oriented; color printing means that your document will print in color automatically (you don’t need to use Pantone colors).

A PDF file is made up of vector graphics, meaning it contains only points, lines and curves (not pixels). This helps make sure that your final product looks sharp no matter how big or small you scale it without losing quality.


The JPG file format sacrifices some of your original data in the name of reducing file size. This makes it ideal for photos and other images with large continuous areas of color (such as logos), but less suitable for line art or text. If you’re looking to create a professional-looking brochure or website, then you probably want to use JPG—it’s the most common image format out there!


In this article, we’ve discussed some of the most common print file formats. Not all files are printable, so it’s important to know what to expect from your design. You can always talk with Pelican Promos about other formats or ask them for their recommendations based on the type of work they do.

If you want to print your files, there are many different file types that can be used. The most common is PDF, but there are also other options like JPG or PNG files. If you don’t know what type of file you should use for print (printing), then we recommend using PDFs because they’re easy to work with and it’s not difficult finding ways to convert them into other formats such as EPS or AI’s later on down the road if need be.

Pelican Promos works with you and your business to bring you high-quality promotional products. We understand your needs and want to help your business grow and thrive. Contact us today for more information on the file types discussed above! We offer a free quote for your promotional product needs, and would love to chat with you about how we can help your business.