There are many variables
for the compatibility of computer produced artwork, and files
which are incorrectly prepared may not produce the best
results. Please follow these guidelines carefully, and call us
if you have any questions.
Setting Up Your Illustrations
Some images simply cannot
be silkscreened easily. These include color photographs,
multicolor blends and items with sharp details. Please refrain
from using lines or dots smaller than 1 point.
Pantone uncoated spot colors should be used instead of process
Suggested File Formats & Extensions:
kinds of files will give the best results...
- Illustrator CS (or
- CorelDraw 12 (or lower)- .cdr
- Encapsulated PostScript- .eps
- Portable Document Format- .pdf
- Photoshop CS (or lower)- .psd, .tif, .gif, .jpg
note: bitmap images must be at least 300 dpi and actual size.)
Microsoft Word- .doc
(Word reduces the
quality of imported images. Whenever possible, send original
image files along with the Word file)
These are programs which we do not use. Please export your
artwork into an acceptable format listed above.
(export as PDF file)
- Quark XPress
(export as PDF or
- Microsoft Publisher & Powerpoint
(copy and paste
into a Word file)
look good, but the quality of the image will quickly
deteriorate when enlarged. We will do what we can to fix
problems and reset type, but fine details may be lost and
extra charges may apply to fix art.
- Low resolution bitmap images such as images from the
- Faxed artwork
Other formats may or may not
work depending on the information in the file itself. Many
programs have an “Export” or “Save As” option in the “File”
menu that may give you one or more of these options.
Please be sure to include the
proper file extension if you are sending a Mac file.
Please send a printed copy,
faxed copy or JPG bitmap of your artwork along with your
vector art file to assure that there have been no changes
during the conversion process.
Please be sure to include
all externally linked bitmap files and images.
Please change all text
characters into paths or outlines. This is to ensure accuracy
as font formats change from one platform to the next. In
CorelDraw, this option is in the “Arrange” menu as “Convert to
Curves”. In Adobe Illustrator, it’s under the “Type” menu as
“Create Outlines”, as “Convert to Paths”. Unfortunately,
this feature is not available in Microsoft Word, so art may
change from your computer to ours. Please check fonts
carefully if you are sending Microsoft Word files, you can
also send the name of the type style that you are using.
Art may be e-mailed to
Please don't forget to include your name and phone number in
the e-mail. We also accept standard media: 3.5” Floppy
Disk, USB Storage Media, or CD. We use a Windows-based system,
IBM formats only.
Silkscreening requires the
use of large halftones to accommodate the ink flow. Suggested
Dark ink on light garment: 25
Light ink on dark garments: 30 LPI
Please omit halftone patterns
from camera-ready copies of your art. These are difficult to
scan into the computer. You should simply outline the shaded
areas so dot patterns can be added later.