Screen Printing Artwork Instructions
So what type artwork can you supply us with if you want to design your own artwork and save money in the process?
*Line Art Examples black & white outline images like those found in coloring books are the type of drawing that will keep your artwork and screen set-up costs low.
Photos and color clipart artwork cannot be easily transformed into screen printable T-shirt art. Many of these files require a lot of cleanup time, hence artwork charges before the design will be ready for printing If you do not have vector based artwork we can create it for you. Depending of the complexity of your logo we charge very low artwork fees ranging from $10 to $50. This is a one-time art fee and we will provide a copy of the file for your records as well.. If your design has multiple colors please read our Printing FAQ's
· Adobe Illustrator Version 8
· Corel Draw (files saved as .cdr) Version 9
· PageMaker 7.0
· PhotoShop Version 5.5
· Macintosh or PC formatted 3.5" disk
· Compact Disk
|· Convert all fonts to paths or curves. (Text converted to
paths can no longer be edited as text.)
· For Mac users, an alternative is to include both screen and printer fonts.
· Multiple color jobs should be created using spot color mode rather than process color mode.
|· Include all EPS and Tiff files used in creating your document.
· Do not email files larger than 3 meg. Large files should be compressed by using Winzip or saved to a zip disk than mailed or shipped to us.
· When creating artwork, remember that our printing process may require the "trapping" of colors on multi-color jobs.
Please do not send an original file. Make a copy before sending.
of the many various products we sell, the specific art requirements
vary on some items. Over the years we have found that vector (line)
art works best for most products.
Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw and Freehand seem to work well for saving and exporting vector art.
|Remember, these are the best ways of sending us artwork. If for some reason you can't get the artwork to us in one of these formats we can work out other options. If you have any questions at all about art requirements just call or email us. We are very interested in your business and will try to be as helpful as possible.|
Most screen printing jobs will require at least some minimal form of art/setup. This is a one time fee that covers color separating, creating traps, film positives, etc. The closer the supplied art is to a print ready state, the cheaper the one time set up fee will be. Our art/setup charge is $30.00 per hour. Once we see the provided art work, we can give quotes for art/setup. All we can do is estimate the art/setup fee until we see the art.
The following formats are also acceptable but will require additional art fees in the range of $25.00-$50.00 depending on the time required to make the artwork ready for printing.
Please Note* Most clipart collections from Corel, Art Explosion, Print Master, etc. which contain mutiple colors and shadings will not be appropriate for you if you are budgeting for a one color print job. Also, if the color image is captured off the web the resolution is usually too low to work for T-Shirt art without extensive cleanup.
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