Apparel Printing

File Format

Most forms of apparel printing require a high quality, vectored image. A vectored image is simply one that is created by an experienced graphic designer using a special software that prepares the image to be print ready in a very high-quality format.

This means that no matter how far you zoom into or away from the image, the lines and curves remain smooth looking.

If you have a file that is very low quality but must be used, our graphic designer can entirely re-draw the image to be able to use for printing.

Low quality images rarely work for any printing process – if you want good, clean results that is! If the image is not vectored, it needs to be created at 300 DPI to achieve good results. If your file is not 300 DPI, you cannot just increase the resolution of the file as that will still result in a blurry image; this is called “upsampling”. The images needs to be created at 300 DPI at the finished print size.

For apparel printing, some acceptable file formats are :

  • PDF– Make sure you embed all fonts and choose hi-res settings for all images, as well as include bleed if applicable.
  • Illustrator (AI or EPS)– Make sure to supply fonts or outline fonts and embed or supply all raster images.
  • Photoshop (PSD, TIF or JPG)– Please do not lower the quality of JPG files when saving out; use Maximum Quality (12) setting. Include all layers, paths, channels, linked images and fonts.

Fonts

Make sure to include all fonts used in your artwork or we will not be able to see or use them. Most desktop publishing programs have the option to include/embed fonts when a PDF of your file is created. This is our preferred file format.

In some graphics programs, such as Illustrator, text can be converted to outlines or curves. Doing so ensures that your text remains intact even if we don’t have your font on file. You simply need to choose “Create Outlines”on the Type drop down menu on all of your text

Color Matching

If color matching is critical please bring us an accurate sample for reference or provide us with Pantone numbers. What you see on the screen might not always match the final printed product.

We can only color match vector based files, not Photoshop or flattened images. We are happy to show you a sample of how your printed product will look before the entire run is completed.

Sizing Your File

When sending your artwork, please make sure all files are sized to the exact size you would like it printed. For example, if you want the imprint to be 10″ wide, please make sure the artwork file is 10″ wide UNLESS bleed needs to be accounted for. We do not make any changes on customer files.

Maximum Print Area

  • Screen Printing: 16″ x 18″
  • Direct-To-Garment: 14″ x 18″

Please, contact us at any time for artwork related questions!

Commercial Printing

File Format

All images and files should be saved in CMYK format, not RGB. The recommended image resolution for offset and digital printing is 300 DPI at final size and 150 DPI at final size for wide format printing.

Files sent with lower resolution than this will be fuzzy and unclear. Most pictures that come off of Google will not be high quality enough to print clear and vibrant images. While our printers output prints at a very high resolution, any supplied artwork that is pixelated will print that way.

Fonts

Make sure to include all fonts used in your artwork or we will not be able to see or use them. Most desktop publishing programs have the option to include/embed fonts when a PDF of your file is created. This is our preferred file format. In some graphics programs, text can be converted to outlines or curves. Doing so ensures that your text remains intact even if we don’t have your font on file.

In some graphics programs, such as Illustrator, text can be converted to outlines or curves. Doing so ensures that your text remains intact even if we don’t have your font on file. You simply need to choose “Create Outlines”on the Type drop down menu on all of your text.

For commercial printing some acceptable file formats are:

 

  • PDF– Make sure you embed all fonts and choose hi-res settings for all images, as well as include bleed if applicable.
  • Illustrator (AI or EPS)– Make sure to supply fonts or outline fonts and embed or supply all raster images.
  • Photoshop (PSD, TIF or JPG)– Please do not lower the quality of JPG files when saving out; use Maximum Quality (12) setting. Include all layers, paths, channels, linked images and fonts.
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Sizing Your File

For commercial printing, you do not size your files to the desired finished product size – they must be sized slightly larger. At least for most commercial printed products. This is because when we print, for example, your business cards, we print multiple cards on the same sheet and cut them down to the finished size later. This gives your final product a seamless appearance of the image “bleeding” off the edges.

When sending your print ready files, you must include adequate bleed. Bleed is simply an extension beyond the finished size of your printed piece that is later cut down to the finished size. Different printed products will require different sized bleeds. We are happy to provide templates for you to use for reference when designing your files.

Color Matching/Output

If color matching is critical, please bring us a color accurate sample for reference or provide Pantone numbers. We can only color match vector based files, not Photoshop or flattened images. We are happy to show you a sample of how your printed product will look before the entire run is completed.

Color output depends on the individual printer and the material it’s printing on so results can vary with each printer. Not all colors can be duplicated precisely due to differences in machinery, ink, and media. Colors displayed on computers may not be an accurate representation of what the final printed color will look like.

Please, contact us at any time for artwork related questions!