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.
ACCEPTED SCREEN PRINT FORMATS:
- .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
NOT GOOD FOR EMBROIDERY
ART FOR EMBROIDERY
If you choose a “stock” design, we have 10,000 in stock, we can personalize it with your lettering; no additional artwork is necessary.
If a custom logo is being digitized, the artwork required is similar to that for screening. The digitizer uses the original image to “trace” the design and create the area for the stitches.
FOR EMBROIDERY FORMAT FILES, please send .TIF, .BMP, .JPG or Illustrator art files.
ART FOR HEAT PRESSING
The art for heat pressing is less restrictive. You can email most designs, we can scan art, photos, postcards, signatures, or originals to create a personalized design. We can add lettering to your art to personalize it as well. We also have a book in our offices with over 600,000 images to choose from.
ART FOR PROMOTIONAL PRODUCTS
The art needed for promotional products is similar to screenprinting art and often needs high-resolution art. 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. We can also set it up for you at the size you need and send you a visual.
ALL ART SHOULD BE EMAILED TO:
When emailing art please compress the files, if at all possible, we use the WIN ZIP program. Please send each file under a separate subject name, preferable the name of your company and the designation of where it will be on the garment.
Also in the body of the email please put your name and a phone number where you can be reached.
We also accept disc art: CD, floppy’s, flash cards/drives.
We can not stress enough the importance of GOOD QUALITY art. The resolution should be 300 DPI at full size if possible, because the lower the resolution the poorer the quality when reproduced.
AGAIN WE CAN NOT STRESS ENOUGH THE CLEANER THE ART THE BETTER THE DESIGN WILL
BE. WE CAN CLEAN ART UP FOR A FEE.
If you have any questions please don’t hesitant to call for assistance.
IF YOU EMAIL PLEASE ENCLOSE A PHONE NUMBER WHERE WE CAN REACH YOU.