When sending us artwork to be
printed, please make sure that you meet the following
If you supply art files that do not meet these requirements,
additional charges may apply if we are able to make them work. If
you supply unusable files, your order will be delayed until we
receive what we need.
If you have any difficulties or questions, please contact us.
printing (t-shirts, etc.)
-Artwork must be "camera
ready." That means there's nothing left to tweak before the art
is used to make the screens with which we print your shirts.
-Files should be saved at 300dpi.
(See below for formats.)
-Art needs to be sized at the actual size you want it to be on the shirt.
(Currently, our standard maximum print size is 12.5"w x 18"h. Prints larger than this may be possible, depending on the image. Please email us if
your image exceeds this size.)
-Art needs to be in black ONLY, with no gradients. Not black on white with shades of grey, but
solid black with a white or transparent background.
(Note: A quick way to do this in raster programs [Photoshop/GIMP/others] is to convert your image to grayscale, then
"Posterize" the image with a level of 2. Or, you can use the "Threshold" command for more
control. If you are new to this, when you think you've got it,
view your image at 400% or better. If you see only black &
white, you've succeeded; if you see any grey at all, you need to
keep working on it.)
-If you're sending a vector file
type (CorelDraw, Freehand, Illustrator, Inkscape, et al.), make
sure that that all text has been converted to curves/paths.
-Please make sure that you send us
artwork containing no more than four colors. (We print a maximum
of four screens, and we encourage 1 & 2 color designs, as this
saves you money.)
-If you are sending art for a multi-color image, art should be properly
separated. Please send a separate file for each color for printing and a low-resolution, full-color file for
reference. Ideally, your multi-color art will have been created or edited in a program using
layers, and it will be a matter of saving your layers separately and converting them to
black as noted above.
(If you have a multi-color image, but are unable to separate the colors yourself, we
can probably do it for you. However, there will be a charge for doing so. If this is
what you need, please email us.)
Preferred: .PSD .TIFF .PDF
.CDR .AI .EPS
Sometimes acceptable: .GIF
Good vector files are probably the
best. (Just remember to
convert your text to paths/curves when sending vector files.)
However, as long you send a single-layer,
completely black & white image, at 300dpi resolution, at
actual printable size, you should be okay.
A word of warning: Don't take a
low-res image and simply resave it at 300dpi. The quality of the
image will not improve. If you have a poor-quality image (such as
one with "jaggies"), you'll have a poor quality image on
your final product. You can get a pretty good approximate of what
your final print will look like by printing it out you before you
send it. If it's solid black, the right size, and the edges look
smooth enough, you're probably safe. If not, you probably need to
work on it some more.
[An easy way out: If you want a text-only design
(i.e., the name of your band), find a good freeware font that you
like and send us the name of the font, the site you got it from, and the size &
placement of the font. If we can get the font this way, we will use it to make the art, it will be
camera-ready, and there will be NO DESIGN or ART FEE! (Great, huh?)
Button File Requirements
-Full color and black & white
images are both acceptable.
tip: if button is Black & white (w/ or w/o greys), convert to greyscale when designing
(before saving & sending).
-File should be designed and saved at 300 dpi or better
-Art needs to be at the actual size you want it to be on the
-If you're sending a vector file type (CorelDraw, Freehand,
Illustrator, Inkscape, et al.), make sure that that all text has been converted to curves/paths.
-Flatten all layers before sending.
Preferred: .PSD .TIFF .PDF
.CDR .AI .EPS
Usually acceptable: .JPG .GIF
To make sure your button art is fully camera-ready, please use our
button templates and follow the instructions given.
As above, if you send a
single-layer image, at 300dpi resolution, at actual printable
size, (with text converted to paths/curves when sending vector
files)-- you should be okay.
If you have any questions about artwork, please