trying to find a print quality black out line of the Smart Car

I need to find a print guality black out line,of the car to send to a printer. I am trying to have some cards printed. All of the printers say they need a print quality photo for the art work. I have been told all down loads off the internet will not work. Don't know anything about printing ,just want to give my printer what he needs to print my cards.Do not wan't to use a color photo as the cost for color is just too high.
On the main page of this web site ,I see many outline type pictures I coud use . Anyone out there with some graphice knowledge that is willing to help me with this? Thanks Ed

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Comment by Robert on May 19, 2009 at 4:39pm
I'm a graphic designer and the company I work for has a client that would like to have their Smartcar wrapped. Does anyone know what I can find/purchase vehicle outlines for the smartcar? I have contacted vehicle pro outlines but haven't heard back from them. It would need to be exact measurements but scaled to like 25%.
Comment by toes on April 5, 2009 at 1:23pm
Vector, You are correct about the dpi issue, but working in the creative services industry (Architecture) we do run into copyright issues that our print/copy shops are very well aware off and do ask us to eliminate their liability. (And it is only fair to ask the creator of the work for their consent in reproducing/reusing it)

At the very least I would ask someone at smart about using the outline graphic or any other existing smart logo.

I also thought about this issue when we generated our "Colorado Smart Owners" group logo for this site, but then I believe anything on this site is probably owned by smart anyways and I would hope they would contact us, if they disapproved. t.
Comment by Vector on April 5, 2009 at 9:29am
I'm just thinkin' out loud here, but If you want a single color [per your comment about "color"], why not use the simple SMART outline graphic, not the picture, but the logo on the shirts.

OR-- ask your local SMART center where they buy thier business cars locally.

The printer needs what they call "camera-ready" artwork. It's not a copyrights issue, just a qulity of finished product issue. Very few people know that a computer screen tricks your eyes into "seeing" quality pictures, but only display about 72dpi [dot per inch] The printer wants 300 dpi to make your cards look professional.
Comment by Terri & Jim Dantin on April 1, 2009 at 7:22am
That could be the issue, but my experience with local print shops is that many are technologically challenged, and they have to deal with even more technologically challenged customers. They get fuzzy inkjet printouts from customers, but don't know how to properly describe what they need to produce a quality card, so they take the "it won't work" attitude.
Comment by toes on March 31, 2009 at 11:13pm
@ Terri & Jim Dantin: I think that print shops are concerned with copyright infringement when you tell them you are downloading something from the internet.
Comment by Billo on March 31, 2009 at 12:48pm


I have an image here that might be of help. Maybe Terri & Jim can start with it.

Billo & ITIBITI
Comment by Terri & Jim Dantin on March 30, 2009 at 4:10pm
Can the printers handle a scalable vector graphic image? The statement "all down loads off the internet will not work" is BS. Ask them what file formats they support (like EPS or SVG)

If you find a graphic you like, I can probably convert it for you. If you're talking about something like a business card, there are plenty of capable online printers.

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