Making sure that our customers are happy with their orders is our number one priority, that’s why we take great pride in our process and helping our customers understand what we need from them to set us both up for success!
Below are our general steps and guidelines for best results. Take a quick look to better help us, help you!
→ Outline fonts and strokes in Illustrator and rasterize layer styles in Photoshop.
→ Put each color on its own layer and name it with the color.
→ Group layers of like colors.
There’s two types of files commonly used for screen printing and both will work, but to achieve the best results we recommend vector or high-res raster artwork.
The standard minimum resolution for print is 300 dpi at the desired print size. This means that the design was created at this size, and not scaled up from a smaller size. Ideally, we would not be scaling up more than 10%, such as making a 10" wide design 11" wide to print.
It is possible to have more resolution, such as 600 dpi at the desired print size, but at some point file size becomes a concern. For this reason, going above 600 dpi is not advised unless the design will be scaled up significantly.
Our sales and art department will gladly evaluate your art files to determine how well they could be printed.
Vector art is created using vector illustration software programs, such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. These programs use mathematical equations and geometric primitives (points, lines, and shapes) to create art that is clean, camera ready, and can be scaled infinitely, without any loss of quality or fidelity.
Vector art is usually created in Adobe Illustrator, and is commonly saved with certain file extensions; the four most common are .ai, .pdf, .eps and .svg.
However, just because a file is saved in one of these formats, does not mean that it is truly vector art. Sometimes, people open raster files in Adobe Illustrator, and re-save the file in a vector format, without recreating the art using the vector editing tools. Only art originally created in a vector editing program, such as Adobe Illustrator, is truly vector art.