We will not accept anything but vector formatted artwork, not even for the quoting process. Some Screen Printers will accept a raster file but we care about our quality and won’t settle for less. If you have no idea what vector is, we recommend hiring a graphic artist to complete this for you.

Our artwork requirements are as follows:

VECTOR FORMAT ONLY
Accepted file format: We only accept Vector .eps files. The file must be prepared in true vector format only and in the desired print size. Don’t worry about color separating the vector file, we will take care of that for you. Easy right?

 


You must convert your text to outlines

All text/fonts must be converted to outlines as shown below. First right click on the font, select “Create Outlines”, and that’s it!

create fonts to outline Prepare Your Artwork For Printing Tutorial


Spot Colors

It can be a guessing game when a customer sends us their artwork with multiple colors. Please convert the colors in your artwork to spot color and name them according to our color palette on the bottom of this page. If you prefer a PMS color, name the spot color the PMS number. Learn more below.

spot color process tutorial Prepare Your Artwork For Printing TutorialIf your artwork is vector, it’s super easy to convert the process colors in your artwork to a spot color. Step 1: Select the color you want to convert to a spot color. If you have a lot of elements to select, utilize the select same fill color tool. Step 2: From the “swatches” window, click the “new swatch” icon. Step 3: A new window will pop up as seen on the left. For “swatch name”, include the color name. For “color type” select “spot color”. Do the same for every additional color. It’s that easy!

If you need a more in-depth tutorial on how to convert spot colors you can find it on How To Its.

 


Do Not Halftone or Bitmap Your Artwork:

Do not halftone or bitmap your artwork/images. We know all the correct settings that is needed to achieve a quality looking print, so please use opacities/gradients and leave the halftone process to us.

halftone Prepare Your Artwork For Printing TutorialHalftone images usually consist of varying sized dots to make up an image. If you look close to a black and white picture on a newspaper you’d see this. Our experienced staff uses high tensioned newman screens which require certain LPI frequency and angles etc. Especially with gradient blends it’s important for us to create the halftone needed to get a successful print. We’d rather you use opacities and gradients to achieve the look you’d like and we’ll take care of the rest.

 


Embed Linked Files: (note: this is only required if your artwork includes linked files)

Linked Files are normally used for Simulated Process which only accept linked files from professional graphic art companies. If you must send us linked files, be sure to Embed your artwork. Learn more below. how to embed a linked file Prepare Your Artwork For Printing Tutorial

Linked artwork remains independent of, the art template, which results in a smaller artwork file. The only problem is, we cannot edit the components in the artwork since the original linked file is located on your computer. An easy fix to this is to Embed the Linked Image. As shown on the left, first select your linked file, then under your links panel select “Embed Image”.

 


Our Ink Color Chart

Below is our Color Chart which features our stock colors. If you would like to add a Custom Pantone Color make sure you let our staff know the PMS color you’d prefer.ink SWATCHES Prepare Your Artwork For Printing Tutorial