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Digital art requirments and guidlines.
:-( The unfortunate truth about computer graphics..... It is our experience that most people assume any computer image can be used for reproduction. Unfortunately most every computer image is designed for viewing on 72.dpi digital displays & monitors only. this low resolution results in nothing but a blurry bunch of pixels when used for printing. Images grabbed off the internet are rarely usable. This is how the original artist/author protects his or her work from unlawful copyright infringement.
For the majority of people you can simply bring in your sketch or art and we will scan it or create it in a professional digital format. A simple computer image like jpeg will work for recreation as well.
If you are trying to supply usable artwork that will not require any art time as production ready, to not incur an art charge here is what is required.
Digital Direct to garment art requirements.
- As always a professional
vector ( Post Script ) file from a drawing program like Adobe Illustrator or Corel draw is usable for any & all forms of reproduction. We can read all formats.. .eps, .pdf, .svg, wmf, swf, cdr.ai, and many others.
- For Bit-map (
Raster ) files there are just a few rules. these are the majority of computer images people use and see. like jpeg's & gifs. from digital cameras & scanners.
- Must be in (cmyk) Cyan, Magenta,Yellow and Black format.... Not (Rgb) Red, Green and blue of Digital displays. Neon colors of rgb will not print.
- Must be 300
DPI ( Dots per inch )
pixel resolution at the actual print size. Files that have been increased in resolution ( res'd - up) cannot be used.
- Should have a transparent background. art going on colored shirts will print the black, white or color of the page behind the art.
- Usable formats are. psd, png, .tif, .tiff, .gif Jpeg's can be used for some garments.. this compression format does not support transparent backgrounds.
Silk Screen Printing art requirements.
- Vector is the preferred format. there are some rules to making these files production ready...
- 1.) As always when sending vector art for output all fonts must be converted to curves or outlines.
- 2.) Everything must be built with spot color swatches. This includes gradients, blends and shading.( pantone swatches are preferred for color matching)
- Bit-map files have lots of rules..... :-O This depends on the type graphic, like a solid graphic, a graphic with tints and a graphic or photo that is halftones.
- Solid graphics like as used for sponsor logos... these need to be 600 to 800 dpi to size. gray scale or bit-map format.
- 1.) Do not use this format for multi color jobs, no matter if it is a bazillion dpi it will not
- Halftone & gradient files.. these only need be 110 dpi to size.... due to our dot size output.
1.) Halftone ≈ Do not mix solid graphics with this or the solid area will get a ragged edge due to the output dot for tones. this includes solid type and text.!!
2.) If there is more then one color used these must be supplied with Spot color channels. even a two color file is CMYK. and will create four films.
3,) thin lines will be destroyed by the output dot. In short, raster art should be reserved for photographs. this is why the number one raster program is called Photoshop.
4.) Saving these files with a vector file extension like .eps does not convert them to vector. Vectors are original creations. Auto traces look good on screen but that is it.
:-( What you don'
t want to know about typography & fonts.
• We cannot guarantee a typeface match. giving us the type name is rarely helpfully unless you know the type foundry as well, and it may need to be purchased. Sending us a font might be a copyright infringement. free fonts downloaded off the internet probably will result in computer system issues even if scanned, Don't even ask us to do this, but feel free to do it yourself & send us the vector or high res image. :-P
If you require an exact typeface for a logo and cannot supply it in vector format will will have to redraw it. We have millions of font's and a similar style is the best bet.
Sending electronic files.
Many of these bit-map files will be to large to e-mail attach. we can provide you with an ftp area to upload.
Please send images in the native graphic format like . jpg... do not place them into Microsoft documents to send.
Please use descriptive names for the image or job and not generic file names like t-shirt front.
Most people assume any computer image can be used for reproduction. Unfortunately most every computer image is designed for viewing on 72. dpi digital displays & monitors only. If you hired a professional graphic designer, the file he sent you is probably just for viewing on a display, because you cannot open his professional file without professional software.