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Digital Requirements, Submission of Artwork

Digital Submission

  • Email submission to art@smartshoppermag.com is preferred for files smaller than 2MB.
  • To use FTP transfer, please contact our Art Director at 410-902-2313, for password information and instructions.

Acceptable File Formats

  • Acrobat PDF 8.0 or Lower: Must be saved at the highest quality/press quality and must have fonts embedded.
  • Photoshop CS3 or Lower: Must be in CMYK color mode.
  • Illustrator CS3 or Lower: Create outlines of type and include any linked files in Illustrator vector files.


  • Halftone images must be at least 300 dpi. We do not guarantee quality results on images submitted at lower resolutions.
  • Bitmap image files must be at least 600 dpi.
  • All fonts must be embedded in the PDF or outlined in Illustrator.
  • RGB & Pantone colors will be converted to CMYK.
  • Matched color is not guaranteed.

For questions regarding file formats and submission of artwork, please contact our Art Director at 410-902-2313.


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