$50 Discount for Print-Ready Art

Artwork Guidelines and Downloadable EPS-Format License Plate Templates

Important: Plate artwork submitted using a template to qualify for the order discount is printed “as is,” and does not receive our “before and after” design service.

The $50 discount also applies to reorders that reuse identical plate artwork. No time limit, art kept permanently.

Standard no-charge colors vary depending on the type of license plate ordered. Links to the relevant color charts are provided below for each plate item number.

To qualify for our $50 order discount you must use a template below to prepare digital print-ready art, and follow the artwork requirements. The templates are intended for either professionally trained graphic designers or those with equivalent experience, and you should follow standard industry trade practices for preparing your file to qualify for the discount. These are covered in the artwork requirement links further below, but the main requirements are:

  • Professionally drawn and built vector paths and objects that color-separate cleanly and can be trapped easily.
  • Use of defined color swatches, consistently applied, that enable proper color separation.
  • All fonts converted to outlines/paths.
  • Bitmap (pixel-based) artwork used only for full-color files (i.e., CMYK process-color).
  • Mounting holes do not punch through critical artwork unless you notify us it’s okay in advance, so we don’t spend time to fix.
  • Save or export the file in Adobe Illustrator .ai or .eps vector format, any version through CC (Creative Cloud).
  • Include a JPG, PNG, or PDF version separately for visual reference, so we can verify that your vector .ai or .eps file opens and displays correctly.

The idea is that you should have enough experience with professional graphics file preparation that you readily understand how to meet the outlined requirements, to save us the majority of the file prep work we would otherwise perform. If you, or any outside designer you may have worked with to create your art, are not familiar with what vector artwork is, it’s unlikely your artwork will qualify for the discount. If you’re unsure about anything, ask ahead of time — we’re more than happy to answer questions about artwork. Ensuring properly built art is in everyone’s best interest in saving time and money, not to mention seeing that your artwork gets printed as intended.

We will in some cases give partial discount credit, at our discretion, depending on how much time your file saves us, even if it does not fully meet the requirements, so it’s not an “all or nothing” proposition. But be reasonably certain you have the know-how before investing your time. Normally this means you’re skilled with a vector-drawing program like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw. Or Photoshop may be used to prepare artwork for process-color output, but the art should still be placed and cropped as it is intended to print in one of our vector templates, and saved as an Illustrator vector .ai or .eps file (not Photoshop .eps).

Be sure to choose the appropriate product template for the item number you’re ordering. Templates contain plate and mounting hole outlines, and specify margin areas to aid in making allowances for art placement. (Exact plate size, corner radius, mounting hole shape/size, and margin requirements vary depending on the item number.)

Standard full-size plastic auto plates

#40235, #40255, #40275: 12x6” Screen-Printed Polyethylene Plastic License Plate

  (40255-template-02.eps.zip)

#40257, #40277: 12x6” Full-Color Digitally Printed Polyethylene Plastic License Plate

  Same template as #40235, #40255, and #40275 above (40255-template-02.eps.zip)

#41281, #41285: 12x6” Chrome or Diamond Plate-Finish Spot-Color Screen-Printed Polyethylene Plastic License Plate

  • Standard spot ink colors.
  • Artwork requirements for spot-color screen-printing.
  • Full-bleed printing is possible, at no extra charge, though bleeds using wide areas of solid ink coverage are not recommended. (Standard outer margin is 1/4”.) There is some variance in repeatability during die-cutting of the plates after printing, with the risk that bleeds may not extend fully to plate edge. Generally this means avoid bleeds with wide expanses of solid color, but artwork with tapered shapes that come to a point or tangent near, at, or slightly past the plate edge can work. That is, if the chance they may fall somewhat short of the plate edge, or further past the edge, than you had planned is not an issue, then go ahead with that proviso in mind.

  (41281-template-02.eps.zip)

Standard full-size aluminum auto plates

#40124: 12x6” Screen-Printed Flat Aluminum License Plate

  (40124-template-02.eps.zip)

#40127: 12x6” Full-Color Digitally Printed Flat Aluminum License Plate

  Same template as #40124 above (40124-template-02.eps.zip)

#40031, #40033: 12x6” Screen-Printed Embossed Aluminum License Plate

    (40031-template-02.eps.zip)

#40066, #40067, #40069: 12x6” Full-Color Resin-Printed Aluminum License Plate

  (40066-template-02.eps.zip)

Oval and capsule-shaped
full-size aluminum auto plates

#40035: 12x7” Oval-Shaped Screen-Printed Embossed Aluminum License Plate

  (40035-template-02.eps.zip)

#40037: 12x6” Capsule-Shaped Screen-Printed Embossed Aluminum License Plate

  (40037-template-02.eps.zip)

Half-size aluminum auto plates
for fire departments and EMS

#40063: 12x4” Half-Size Full-Color Resin-Printed Aluminum License Plate

  • Printed in full process-color, so standard ink colors do not apply.
  • Artwork requirements for resin-printed process-color.
  • Printed on white reflective sheeting permanently affixed to aluminum. Can be printed full-bleed, so any background color can be achieved using ink, including dense high-gloss black.

  (40063-template-02.eps.zip)

European auto plates

#42031: 20.5x4.5” European-Size Screen-Printed Embossed Aluminum License Plate

  (42031-template-02.eps.zip)

Motorcycle/ATV license plates

#40635: 7x4” Spot-Color Screen-Printed Polyethylene Plastic Motorcycle/ATV License Plate

  (40635-template-02.eps.zip)

#40431: 7x4” Screen-Printed Embossed Aluminum Motorcycle/ATV License Plate

    (40431-template-02.eps.zip)

Bicycle license plates

#40831, 40833: 6x3” Screen-Printed Embossed Aluminum Bicycle License Plate

  (40831-template-02.eps.zip)