ACCEPTED FILE TYPES
-Adobe Illustrator (.AI)
-Encapsulated Post Script (.EPS)
-Adobe Photoshop (.PSD) (300dpi or greater)
-Portable Document Format (.PDF)
-Tagged Image File Format (.TIFF) (300dpi or greater)
We prefer to work with .AI or .EPS files because vector files can be scaled and editted easily without affecting image quality. Our second preference is .PSD, .PDF, and .TIFF files sized at finished print size and at least 300dpi. Files under 300dpi are not acceptable for print work. Taking a lower resolution file and increasing its resolution to 300dpi (upsampling) will result in a blurry image that is also unacceptable for print work. If creating a raster format image (.PSD, .TIFF, some .PDF files) your artwork needs to be created at the finished print size (if you want the print on the shirt to be 12″ wide, the art needs to be created at 12″ wide) at 300dpi from the start.
.JPG files are generally not the best choice for print work as artifacts are often introduced to the image and details are lost in the compression process everytime the file is saved. We can sometimes salvage .JPG images, but it is not the best choice and may incur fees to fix the image.
Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Publisher files are absolutely not acceptable file formats for screen printing. If you provide files in these formats artwork charges will definitely apply because we will have to recreate your artwork from scratch.
CONVERT TYPE TO OUTLINES (IN VECTOR FORMAT)
If creating artwork in Adobe Illustrator (or Corel Draw) please convert all type to outlines. Select all the type in your design then go to the Type menu and select “Create Outlines.” This will change the type to actual objects and will allow us to view your design accurately without including the actual font files. If you don’t do this step your artwork may appear different on our computers if we don’t have the same fonts installed on our computers.
DON’T RASTERIZE TYPE (IN RASTER FORMAT)
If creating artwork in Adobe Photoshop (or other raster format programs) please do not rasterize the type. Please leave all type as fonts and include the actual font files (.TTF, .OTF). Rasterizing the type can often make it blurry. If you provide the font files it will lead to the best possible print.
Please allow us to halftone your files for you. There are a lot of variables to address in the screen printing process when it comes to halftones. We need to be able to control those variables and match them to our film output screen making proceedures to ensure that the artwork will be printable and will be of the highest quality.
If you are supplying your artwork in a raster format such as a .psd or .jpeg you should always make 100% sure it is at least the same size as you would want it to be printed and at minimum resolution of 300dpi. Raster files that are supplied in a low resolution or at a very small scale will not translate well in the print results. Raster images cannot be sized in the same was as vector files and degrade in quality with every modification that needs to be made and the final result will be a horrible pixellated image. Please note that if you provide us with low quality files, the result will either be a low quality print, or you may incur artwork charges if excessive time is required to get your design print-ready. Most images found on the internet are 72dpi, the standard resolution for viewing images on a computer monitor, so these images are definitely no good for screen printing. Please always send us the original art files when you can to avoid any extra artwork fees.