FILE PREP 101

Setting up your files properly will help ensure your project turns out amazing. Check out these resources to help make the process easier.
Let us know if you need assistance or have any other questions!

FILE TYPES

Your artwork must be at least 300 ppi or a vector file. Your artwork should also be created at the size it will be printed. 

What is a vector? A vector saves the information in mathematical form which allows the image to be resized without using quality. The most popular program for vector creation is Adobe Illustrator. Typical vector file types include .ai, .eps, .svg.

If your art is not a vector file and is not 300 ppi, increasing the resolution of this file, or upsampling, will make your image blurry. Files must be created at the size of print and at 300ppi. Other accepted file types include .psd, .jpg, .pdf, and .tif.

If you have a piece of art that is not 300ppi and need help making it print ready, let us know!

 

FONTS AND CREATING OUTLINES

If you are creating your artwork with Adobe Illustrator or another vector program you will need to outline your fonts before sending us your file. This allows us to open your file without need your fonts. Outlining type converts the letters into shapes. Be sure to save a copy of your file before outlining your text, after you create outlines you will not be able to type in your text boxes.

To outline fonts select your text then select outline type from the type menu. 

create outlines

SIZING YOUR ARTWORK

Your artwork should be designed at the size it will be printed. Below are maximum width and height suggestions for popular print locations.

SUGGESTED SIZES

FULL FRONT - 14" x 15.5"
FULL BACK - 14" x 15.5"
LEFT OR RIGHT CHEST - 4" x 4"
NAPE OF NECK - 4" x 4"
CENTER FRONT - 10" x 10"
CENTER BACK - 10" x 10"
SHORT SLEEVE - 3.5" x 4"
LONG SLEEVE - 3.4" x 14"
SHORT LEG - 4" x 4"
PANT LEG - 4" x 22" (one color)

EMBROIDERY CHEST - 4" x 4"
EMBROIDERY HAT - 4" x 3"
EMBROIDERY CENTER BACK - 12" x 6

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