Your design has lines/strokes that are black - How to convert them to fills:
If you have a thicker black, gray or white stroke/line in your design, then you’ll need to expand these to *fills*. We recommend all Raster engraving lines to be at least 1mm before you expand them to ensure the engraving comes out.
To turn a black/gray/white stroke into a filled shape in Illustrator, select your line and make sure it is at least 1mm.
Use the Object > Path > Outline Stroke command to turn your lines into filled shapes.
The black stroke colors will then turn into black fills:
To turn a black/gray/white stroke into a filled shape in Inkscape, select your line and use the Path > Stroke to path command:
The black strokes will then turn into black fills:
If you’ve followed all these steps and your file is still not uploading, then drop us a line at service-at-ponoko-dot-com and we’ll happily take a look at your file for you.
Your design is in CMYK mode - How to check the color mode:
Firstly, check the color mode of your document. (It's best to start working in our templates as the color mode will be set right)
From the File menu, select Document Color Mode > RGB Color
When saving your file as an ‘Illustrator EPS’, check that your screen matches the panel below (with all of the boxes under ‘Options’ remaining unticked). The most important one which is causing you trouble now is "Include CMYK Postscript in RGB Files".
Once you've resaved in this fashion, your file should upload correctly.
Go to Tools > Color Management > Default Settings. Make sure your default color settings are set the same as this image.
If you are using any version of CorelDRAW previous to X6, you MUST export your file as a SVG. You can read more about that in our CorelDRAW starter kit.
You must export your Inkscape file as an Inkscape SVG. You can read more about exporting Inkscape files in our Inkscape Starter kit.
Your designs have the wrong blue or red values - how to find lines with the wrong color:
Your lines must be either:
The following steps will help you find lines that do not have correct formatting.
Click on a line with the correct color values.
From the Select menu choose Same > Fill & Stroke. This will select all the lines that have the same, correct value.
From the Object menu choose Hide > Selection to hide these correct lines from display on your artboard.
Repeat this process until there are no lines left and/or you have found the lines that had the wrong color values.
With an apparently blank artboard choose Select > All from the Select menu to see if there are any invisible objects still in your design that might be causing errors. If anything is selected you can delete it.