Preparing Art for Custom Inflatables

How To Send Us Your Art

Before building your inflatable, we will need certain types of artwork from you. This might include logos, graphics, or other images. You can usually get these files from your company's art department, design house or ad agency.

Send Flat Art Files

Note: We cannot use a photograph of a three-dimensional object. Instead, please provide flat artwork, e.g. the files used to create the product's packaging.

How to send artwork to Landmark Creations 

If possible, supply a color correct file of your final graphics, including call-outs for critical Pantone swatch colors. Under normal circumstances, artwork must be provided 3 to 4 weeks prior to the shipment of your inflatable.

Art File Formats:

Vector Graphics

Customers whose inflatable or banner will require digitally printed text or logos should use a vector-based file format. Vector graphics are good for producing crisp outlines for logos and illustrations, independent of size.

Vector Graphic Example

Instructions For Your Art Department:

  • Recommended file formats are .AI  or .EPS.
  • RGB Color mode is recommended.
  • Convert all fonts to outlines and embed any linked images.

Bitmap Images (AKA Raster Images)

Customers who don't have vector graphics for their artwork will need to submit art files in bitmap form.

Bitmap Art Example

Instructions For Your Art Department:

  • Recommended file formats are .PSD or .TIF.
  • Do NOT use any type of file compression (such as .JPEG or .GIF files).
  • RGB Color mode is recommended.

Raster Art Size Specifications:

Resolution: We recommend the final art be at least 50 dots/pixels-per-inch (DPI/PPI) when printed at full scale. You can quickly determine the minimum size of your art file by using the equation below:

Art size at scale (inches) x 50 (dpi) = Art File Dimensions Needed (in pixels)

For example, if the banner for your inflatable will be 60 inches by 24 inches, the art file you send should be at least 3000 x 1200 px

  • 60 in x 50 dpi = 3000 px
  • 24 in x 50 dpi = 1200 px

Additional Notes

If your files contain a combination of raster and vector artwork: Make sure to embed your raster images in the file, or include them separately if linked. Include a copy of all fonts used, and provide Pantone, HEX, or RGB color codes for us to match.

3D Models

Customers wishing to provide 3D assets should submit models and textures exported from their 3D software package. In most cases we are able to use this model as a direct reference for creating our production model and digital surface art.

Recommended Formats:

  • 3D Model
    • File formats: .FBX or .OBJ
    • A smoothed final mesh will usually work well. Including a lower-res copy or version with smoothing history intact is ideal.

  • Texture maps: 
    • File Formats: .PSD, .TIF, .PNG
    • If we will be using your surface art for final production, keep in mind the large scale of real-world inflatables and, if possible, provide very high resolution maps or split into multiples (e.g. one 16k map, two 8k maps, four 4k maps).

Materials and Textures: 

Please include any materials, surface maps and texture files for our reference when creating your inflatable. If there are rendered material elements that contribute to the look of your model (lighting, normal maps, cavity maps), please bake these down to a master texture file if possible.

If you have any further questions or concerns, contact us.

Custom Inflatables FAQ

What is a cold-air inflatable?

Custom inflatables that are labeled cold-air require a blower system (fan) to keep them upright. Cold-air inflatables include sports tunnels, large product replicas, mascots, rooftop inflatables, etc. Cold-air inflatables do not “fly” or float in the air like helium-filled inflatables.

I’m looking to rent an inflatable (fill-in-the-blank) – can Landmark help me?

Sorry, but no. We do not rent inflatables, each of our structures are custom manufactured for purchase only. We do not have anything in-stock as everything is made to order with your specific needs in mind. We think it’s better that way!

What is included in my inflatable purchase?

Depending upon what you purchase your inflatable can include a blower system, installation hardware, instructions, ground stakes, tethers, cambuckles, a repair kit all wrapped up in a storage bag. We also offer specialty storage and shipping container options upon request.

Do inflatables need constant airflow? How does it stay inflated?

The answer is different depending on the type of inflatable you have. Landmark specializes in cold-air inflatables; this style does require a constant source of airflow. Our custom inflatables come complete with a blower that should be kept running while the inflatable is in use. Sealed inflatables do not require a source of airflow. Helium inflatables do not require a source of airflow, but must be filled with 99% pure helium to remain afloat. The helium will need to be replenished every three to five days.

Does my blower system need to stay plugged in and turned on to keep it inflated?

Yes. Cold-air inflatables require a blower system (fan) to keep it upright. You’ll need to plug in the blower system, turn it on & keep it on as long as your promotion lasts!

How is the blower (fan system) attached?

That depends on the type of blower your inflatable has. For external blowers use the zipper and Velcro strap to simply attach the blower sleeve to the blower tube. Internal blowers are permanently installed in the inflatable. No action is necessary.

Can I hang a custom inflatable from the ceiling (at a trade show, museum, etc.)?

 But of course! Our inflatables can be designed with the blower system placed at the top of the structure allowing it to be hung. An inflatable used in this way will include the hanging hardware required for installation. Note: If you plan to suspend an inflatable at your next trade show review the regulations and requirements of the show prior to purchasing!

Do you provide straps to keep inflatables grounded?

Yes, cold-air shapes do come with tether straps and ground stakes that keep the inflatables secured to the ground or roof can be added to your order as needed.

I can’t use ground stakes at my location? What can I use to secure my inflatable?

Depending upon how large your inflatable is you have a few options: Sandbags, water barrels, stationary items and solid weights are some popular anchoring options. Once an inflatable project is designed we can offer installation advice!

How can I maintain the inflatable and continue using it for years to come?

It is not hard to keep your inflatables in good shape. Just follow these simple steps:

Keep your inflatable away from sharp objects to prevent punctures and tears.
Always completely deflate your inflatable before storing it.
Be sure your inflatable is completely dry before storing it to prevent the development of mold or mildew.
Store your inflatable in a cool, dry place away from direct sunlight to prevent fading.
Each year, do a quick inspection of the blower, tether straps and seams to be sure your inflatable is not in need of repairs.

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