Our production process involves the printing of a film negtative to make your magnesium dies. When a file is received, we will inspect it for issues we think might be a problem, make any needed adjustments and return a pdf proof for your approval.  Even if no adjustments are needed, we will always send you a proof for approval, as it saves us both time and money to double check everything before production begins.


Preferred Native File Type

               Adobe Illustrator, .ai

               Adobe Acrobat, .pdf


Preferred  File Types

                .ai, .pdf, .eps


Accepted File Types

              .psd, .jpg, .tiff, .indd, .bmp

We will be happy to try to use any type file you have to supply. Please be aware that even though we can open many different types of files,  there may be a loss of quality or information from within the file once we convert it to vector art. If we can't open your file, our first question to you is, will you save your file as a .pdf and resend.  Most of todays programs have the ability to save a file as a .pdf, which is often located within the print dialog box.



 If you are using anything besides basic fonts (Helvetica, Arial, Times), we ask that you outline all type or include a copy of your fonts.


Bitmapped Graphics vs Vector Graphics

See sample pictures below.


Bitmap (or raster) images are a series of tiny dots called pixels. Each pixel is actually a very small square that is assigned a color, and then arranged in a pattern to form the image. When you zoom in on a bitmap image you can see the individual pixels that make up that image. If you are scanning somthing to send to us, please use a resolution of at least 300 dpi as this gives your image more infomation for us to work with.


Vector images use mathematical formulas to draw lines and curves that can be combined to create an image from geometric objects such as circles and polygons. Vector images are edited by manipulating the lines and curves that make up the image using a drawing program like * Adobe Illustrator. Vector artwork can be scaled and manipulated much easier without the loss of quality experienced when enlarging Bitmap images.

Sample of Bitmapped Art made into stamp.

Sample of Vector Art made into stamp.

Phillips Engraving was founded by Mark Phillips. In 1945 he purchased Lotus Engraving and Photographic in Atchison, Kansas, which he renamed Phillips Engraving and moved to Springfield, Missouri in April of 1947.


Some of the early customers were Sweetheart Cup Company, Gospel Publishing House and Rock Tenn Company along with many of the local printing companies that are still customers today.


J.C. Porterfield began working for Phillips in 1959 bringing with him four years of experience as a photoengraver from Box Engraving in Paducah, Kentucky. In 1981, after 22 years of service, J.C. purchased the business from the retiring Phillips. In 1981, his son, David Porterfield, joined the Phillips team and became President in 1995 when his father went into semi-retirement. In 2001 he purchased the business from Angie Porterfield after the passing of J.C. Porterfield.


We are proud of our heritage and the tradition of customer service that has been and will continue to be Phillips Engraving.


2103 E. McDaniel

Springfield, MO 65802


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Phone: 417-869-4811


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