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Art Specs

When we refer to “art” we are talking about a generic term used for lettering, drawings, pictures, or logos of any kind.

Each and every job we do needs to begin with the art. Before anything gets printed, embroidered or personalized, the art needs to be established. Even a job as simple as having the word “Staff” printed on a shirt has to start in the art department!

ART FOR SCREEN PRINTING

Art for screen printing must be in a VECTOR format. That means all details are outlined in clean lined that can be infinitely scaled without being pixelated.

VECTOR

NOT VECTOR

ACCEPTED SCREEN PRINT FORMATS:

  • .ai
  • .svg
  • .eps
  • .pdf (if saved as a vector editable file)

STANDARD SCREEN PRINTING SIZES:

  • Full Front – 11″W x 14″T
  • Left Chest – 4″W x 4″T
  • Full Back – 12″W x 14″T
  • Back Shoulder Blades – 12″W x 2″T
  • Back Nape – 4″W x 4″T
  • Lower Back – 12″W x 2″T

ART FOR EMBROIDERY

All embroidery needs a special file format called a .dst.

If you have not had your artwork embroidered before, you DO NOT have a .dst file.

Graphics programs can not convert to a .dst, so no graphic designer will even be able to create one for you.

Getting artwork set up for embroidery is done through a process called “digitizing” in which a digitizer will physically draw out the entire piece of artwork in “stitches.”

For artwork that is just text in a generic font, we are able to digtize that in house for a fee of $10.

Any pictures or specific fonts will need to be send out to our digitizer. The fee for sending out artwork to get digitized starts at $45 and goes up depending on the complexity of the design.

For embroidery, the simpler the artwork, the better. Drawing in stitches is not like drawing with a pen or printing from a printer. There is only so small that text or details can be before they are no longer legible.

GOOD FOR EMBROIDERY

DIFFICULT FOR EMBROIDERY

ART FOR VINYL HEAT PRESSING
The artwork for heat pressing is similar to screen printing in that we need a vector file. We can usually take your ideas and create artwork from stock clipart for you to approve.

All heat pressing needs to have large details (small details don’t cut well) and be one color only. We can not do multiple colors of vinyl in a single print.

ART FOR PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS
The art needed for promotional products is similar to screenprinting art and needs to be in a vector format. There is usually an added restriction of imprint size.

You must get the dimensions from us if you are setting up the art. FOR EXAMPLE, the print size on the barrel of a pen would be less than 1″ high and 2″ long, so keep in mind the size of the item when thinking about the information you want to include.

Photos can usually be used if they are a resolution of 300 dpi or higher.

ALL ART SHOULD BE EMAILED TO:

GRAPHICS@EMBROIDERYUNL.COM

Please include your name and a phone number where you can be reached when sending art in via e-mail.

We also accept disc art: CD, floppy’s, flash cards/drives.

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