Art design for screen printing is very different from any other type of design. This is due mostly to the inherent limitations of the screen printing process. If you cannot submit your graphics in the formats outlined below, please contact us as soon as possible. We can design your graphics for you at an additional charge.
About graphic art design
Designs to be screen printed must be created in vector art format (instead of pixel-based art), because the graphic must be blown up or scaled down and resized. Vector is art created in a program such as Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw or Freehand. In this format, each object can be selected and individually manipulated, independent from the rest of the images in the design. Since most screen-printing utilizes spot colors, vector graphics are the perfect source file type. Our preferred vector format is the industry standard – Adobe Illustrator – version C6 or lower.
Please do not send any Microsoft documents for printing. There are no Microsoft programs that allow users to create hi-resolution graphics for professional printing. Microsoft Word and PowerPoint (and other text-editing programs) may be used to create rough compositions, or to communicate rough design ideas. However, they are not suitable for creating print-ready artwork. Microsoft Publisher documents are not acceptable in any capacity. They are created and saved in a locked format by default and can only be viewed by us, not edited. If you do submit your artwork as low-resolution graphics, it will be subject to design charges necessary to re-create your artwork as a print-ready graphic.