How to get Custom Flash Drives fast!
In the promotional world, speed is king. Getting custom promotional products such as custom USB drives as soon as possible is extremely important. Missing deadlines really isn’t an option in this type of market and it’s just bad for business.
So what can you do to speed up your duplication job and avoid any nasty consequences? The first thing you should do to speed up your order is to know exactly what you are ordering. If you want a metal USB drive, knowing exactly which one makes it easier for our sales representatives to send you a formal quote much faster and will speed up the process. On each of our custom flash drive web pages, we have product descriptions and specifications to help you decide if the drive you are looking at is the right one for you.
The second thing you can do to speed up your duplication job is to supply Premium USB with all the necessary materials ASAP. This is probably the single MOST important step in the process. We often have clients who want USB drives super fast, but they aren’t hasty on supplying us with their master drive or promotional material; which delays their duplication process. Pictures, movies, PDF’s, and anything else you can think of that you would want on your promotional drives must be supplied to us if you want to keep your duplication job on track for your deadline.
The next best thing to speed up your duplication job is to stay in constant contact with your service representative. If any problems arise or we are missing any of the required information, getting in contact with you is vital to keeping your job on track. Readily check your email and keep your cell phones charged (alternate phone numbers are good too)!
If you are ordering custom printing, then having proper artwork is essential! JPEG and other file formats are nice to have for many different applications, but are not really suited for custom printing because files like JPEG are flattened and are not in high resolution. Flattened images simply mean that all the different elements in the artwork are all attached to one another and not independently moveable. Even Photoshop (PSD) or other “editable” files can be bad if the elements are flattened to one layer.
To avoid flattened images, simply keep your artwork layered. In Photoshop for example, if your artwork has 5 layers, supply us the PSD file with all 5 layers instead of a PSD file with only 1 flattened layer. If any changes need to be made to your artwork such as adjusting it to fit into the print area of your chosen USB drive, then layered files allows us to preserve the quality of your artwork. Flattened images cannot be altered.
The preferred file format is Vector (EPS). Vector files, unlike raster files, do not lose their quality upon resizing. So for example you can take a 1200X800 vector image, resize it to 2400X1600, and it will look identical to the original. If you were to do the same to raster files, they would become pixilated and make your artwork look low-res. To learn more about the differences, visit our Maximizing Your Print Area blog!
Adhering to our artwork requirements is huge! When doing so, you will be much happier with the way your drives came out. As mentioned above, vector format is a must. Next, using appropriate colors is vital as well. No more than 4 pantone colors ensure that your printed artwork looks vibrant and not clouded. One final additional note… Not too much detail on your artwork ensures that your clients will be able to actually read/see your artwork. It’s fairly common to want high detailed images on promotional drives, but because of the limiting size of the USB itself, images get smaller and it becomes increasingly difficult for even the best industrial printers to print complex images onto USBs.
Time is of the essence, so if you have any questions about the USB duplication process, don’t hesitate to call us; especially if you are in need of Express Service!