Submitting a high quality graphic image isn't always easy, which is why we have designers ready to help. If you can follow the steps below, you are halfway home to a perfectly screen printing item! Let's get started.
We accept the following file formats:
- 300 or higher dpi jpeg or .tif
- 300 or higher dpi Photoshop file (.psd)
- Illustrator (.ai, .eps, .pdf)
- RGB or CMYK
If you can submit 300 dpi files, your design and artwork will be miles ahead of anything with a lower resolution.
Let's walk through the art process
Sending in artwork is the biggest part of the printing process, so we want to walk you through the different kinds of files and what you may want to watch out for...
If you look at these files, take a look at the quality of lines. The Photoshop file even at 300 dpi will be fuzzier looking than the Illustrator file because the program is designed to make painterly images. The difference also lies in the fact that Illustrator creates a skeleton for the art that can be stretched however and not lose resolution. Where as the Photoshop file is pixel based, so textures work great in Photoshop. On the other hand, because it is pixel based, if you try to make it bigger it gets grayer. It works kind of like pizza dough. You can only stretch it so far.
SO Lets talk about Photoshop...
Photoshop is great. You can create realistic images and add textures that people love but you can also create a horror story of gigantic proportions for printers like us. Here we'll try to go over some important basics like resolution.
Always 300 dpi or larger
Open Photoshop, FILE>NEW, then when you see the pop up settings box, immediately go to the Resolution and set it to 300 dpi.
This way, you'll have enough pixels to work with. No matter the actual size. Everything is up to you after that. Go for it!
We've all done this at one point or another. We've tried to use a small image at 72 dpi and make it a bigger 300 dpi image, because we saw it work on CSI so it must work in real life. Tv CGI is not real. I know... I cried too. For those that are new to this, this is why its best to use a higher resolution from the beginning, especially if you want your imagery to come out well.
In order to ensure quality and create films for the screens, we have to take all art to 300 dpi and bitmap it if it is a photoshop, JPEG or TIF. This is what happens if we receive art that is at low resolution and smaller than the final desired product. So always make sure your art is at least 300 dpi and at the size you think you want it (example: shirt front at least 12in wide at 300 dpi), its easier to make something big, small, than small to big.
Before you send in your art file...
Delete any layers that are inactive in your art.
- Apply all textures to their prospective layers. (if you don't know how, just leave it as it is and we'll take care of it)
- Rasterize ALL type (right click on the text layer and choose "Rasterize type" this ensures your text is safe.)
- We cannot print something that is copyrighted. Please no logos or characters that you do not have rights to.
With all that taken care of you'll have a file fit for a T-shirt. :)
Illustrator is king.
Illustrator is the best for logos and clean lines. It is a vector based program which allows the user to create art with a built in skeleton. That ensures the designer the ability to make their art scaleable to any size they desire.
Most companies use Illustrator for making their logos and other graphic elements because is ensures them that their logo or design are always clean and hi resolution automatically.
We will always request that any body sending us their logo that it be .AI or .EPS.
Also that you please save it as a legacy if you are using adobe 6 or newer.
at family we use Adobe CS5.
HERE ARE OUR REQUESTS FOR ILLUSTRATOR:
- Create Outlines on all text. (This ensures that there is no loss of font style. Especially with specialty fonts that you may have bought.)
- Make sure all objects that need to be black are the same 100 % black color. Tip: Make all your colors swatches, don't try to match colors each time.
- Check if all the objects are indeed the color you want them to be. In that the objects you want to be the same color are the same.
NOW THAT WE'VE GOT THE BASICS FIGURED OUT, LETS GET ON TO THE TOUGH STUFF... COLORS...