Custom T-Shirt Artwork Prep
Custom T-Shirt Artwork File Prep
Please use the following resources to prepare your files for print. Feel free to contact us if you still have questions.
Prepare Your Artwork
All files must be at least 300 dpi or Vector Format. If your file is not 300 dpi, you should not just increase the resolution of the file. This is called “upsampling” and will result in a blurry image. If you are creating your file in Adobe Illustrator or another Vector-based software, just size your image to the size you want it to print.
Size Your Design: Your design should be sized to the size it should be printed. If you want your print to be 10″ wide, please be sure the actual design within the file is 10″ wide, not just the background of your design file. Please go to the Templates Page, download the appropriate template, and place your design on the template as you would like it to appear on the garment.
Half Tones: Please allow us to halftone your images for you. If we do not control the halftones, we cannot guarantee the quality of the print. Our computers are calibrated to set the halftones specifically for the films and screens that we use for printing. Often times if you try to separate or halftone the image yourself, it may cause damage to the artwork.
Picking PMS Colors: We offer free Pantone color matching when you submit your order. However, please note that not every color looks the same on every monitor. A certain red on your screen may appear to be a different red on ours. There is no universal color calibration for computers. It is always best to try to supply your own pantone colors if possible. There are two good ways of doing this. If you have access to pantone color swatches, please pick your colors from actual printed swatches and enter the color codes into your design as seen above. The second way of doing this, and the most accurate way, is to purchase Pantone Plus Series Solid Coated Formula Guide. This can be purchased as part of the set (Coated and Uncoated) through Amazon for $92 + shipping. The reason why it’s best to buy the book, once again, is the pantone guide on your version of photoshop is still using your color calibration, and will not necessarily be accurate.
Max Imprints: Please note that not all shirts will be sewn exactly the same; these dimensions are to be used for reference as a “safe” zone to avoid printing on any seams or edges. Be sure to check the specific product page for “Size Specs” specific to that garment. NOTE: Any print that goes over a seam can result in imperfections in the print. (Which can be very cool-looking, if you’re into that.)
|X-Small: 12″ x 20″
||Small: 11″ x 18″
||Small: 13″ x 13″
|Small: 13″ x 22″
||Medium: 12″ x 19″
||Medium: 13″ x 16″
|Medium: 15″ x 23″
||Large: 12″ x 20″
||Large: 14″ x 19″
|Large: 17″ x 24″
||XL: 12″ x 21″
Custom Printed / Sewn In Tag Information:
It is required by the US Government that the following information be included in all garment tags:
- % of Material
- Country of Origin (for the garment, not your brand)
- Care Instructions
These are non-negotiable. We cannot list “Printed in the US” or “Processed in the US” instead of listing what country the shirt is manufactured in, it *must* have the country information on the garment. If you are unaware of the information needed for the shirts you are ordering, please leave your tag files editable and add place holders for the information. When you submit your artwork, please submit the editable tag file (PSD or AI) as well as the fonts used to create the tag. The fonts are very important as we cannot edit fonts we don’t have.
Accepted File Types
We accept the following File Types:
- Illustrator (.AI)
- Vector (.EPS)
- Photoshop (.PSD)
We prefer .AI or .EPS files first because Vector images can be scaled without affecting quality. We prefer .PSD or .PDF second & .JPG or .TIFF last.
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