Artwork Guidelines and EPS-Format License Plate Layout Templates
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:
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, FreeHand, 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 a vector .ai or .eps file.
Be sure to choose the appropriate layout 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.)
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.
Standard full-size plastic auto plates
#40235, #40255: 12x6” Spot-Color Screen-Printed Polyethylene Plastic License Plate
#40257: 12x6” Full-Color Digitally Printed Polyethylene Plastic License Plate
Standard full-size aluminum auto plates
#40031, #40033: 12x6” Spot-Color Screen-Printed Embossed Aluminum License Plate
#40066, #40067: 12x6” Full-Color Resin-Printed Aluminum License Plate
#40124: 12x6” Spot-Color Screen-Printed Flat Aluminum License Plate
Oval and capsule-shaped