Art Specs

Artwork Guidelines for Screen Printing

We do offer in house design services.  Ideally, we need some idea of what you are looking for and we will work on a proof for you.  Cost is based on difficulty and we are very fair with our rates.

Providing correct artwork is a very important factor to producing a high-quality print.  Below is information on how to provide artwork in the correct format for the best printing.

Acceptable File Formats

Please only include what you want to have printed.  Please do not include extra white space, artwork instructions or anything else that you do want printed.  Just the art too not on sample shirts or layouts.  You can send art instructions or layouts or any other pertinent information in a separate file.

.AI and .EPS Adobe Illustrator Files

The AI file is the original, editable working files.  EPS files are also acceptable.  Be sure to convert all text to outlines and make sure that there are no raster images included in the file.

.PDF Portable Document Format

PDF format is a very popular format as it can be universally viewed on any computer with Adobe Acrobat.  It is also possible to preserve illustrator editing capabilities when saving in this format.  This means it can be opened and modified in the same way an AI file can.

.CDR Corel Draw

We can use these files as well as we also use Corel Draw.

Unacceptable File Formats

These files are not useable without proper adjustments.  These file formats generally require an extensive amount of art time and will be charges accordingly.

.JPG, .PNG, .GIF

These are basic raster images and photographs.  Unless the images are very high resolutions these files require an excessive amount of art time to recreate.

.Doc, .XLS, .PPT

These files types are good accompanying files to provide art instructions but are not useable for screen printing directly.

Vector VS Raster

Vector

A vector file can be scaled to any size without any loss of quality.  This is because it is built up from precise points.  You can see how a vector shape is built up in the image above.

Raster

Raster files are built up of small squares called pixels.  This means that as you increase the size of the image it will become blocky and appear to be blurred or pixelated.  This is why a logo design should be created in a vector format for the best results.

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