File Types and Artwork Sizing
You should always provide the highest possible quality artwork you can at the size you want it printed. If you are unsure, you can generate a mock-up using our free template with approximate size and position of your design. Our maximum print size is 13" x 19".
Below is a list of file formats we accept, they generally fall into 2 types:
Vector Files (Our Favourite!)
These include: Illustrator (.ai) or vector-based .pdf/.eps.
Vector files are our favourite. We love working with them because rather than being pixel based, vector files store 'points' and 'curves' as mathematical formulae, meaning that they can be resized and changed easily, without compromising the image quality. Its also much easier to separate the colours within the design, which will save a lot of time and will likely avoid any extra artwork fees.
If you have a designer for your artwork, you should check to see if your artwork can be sent to you in a vector format when possible. As great as vector files are, not all images are suitable in a vector format - particularly detailed images such as photographic quality images.
Raster Files / Image Files (These are okay too)
These include: .psd, .jpeg, .png.
Raster images unlike vector files, are pixel based. If you are supplying your artwork in a raster image format, you should ensure that the image was created at a minimum of 300 dpi and at the size you want it to be printed. Raster files that are supplied in a low resolution or at a very small scale will not translate well in the print results. Raster images cannot be sized in the same was as vector files and degrade in quality with every modification that needs to be made and the final result will be a horrible pixellated image. Please note that if you provide us with low quality files, the result will either be a low quality print, or you may incur artwork charges if excessive time is required to get your design print-ready. In some cases the quality may be so bad that we may be unable to fulfil your order. This will all be discussed with you during the quotation process. To ensure the best quality prints we advise that you use our free design templates for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, available to download for free above. Image files downloaded from the internet are usually 72dpi and therefore not suitable for screen printing. To ensure the best quality prints we advise that you use our free design templates for Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator, available to download further up this page.
Low Quality Formats (Nope!)
These include: Word, PowerPoint or Publisher file types.
No thank you! Sending us artwork in this format will make our designer cry and then we'll have to spend a whole afternoon trying to coax him back out of the cupboard with promises of cookies. Seriously the cookie budget is getting out of hand. It will also increase your turnaround times as we'll have to ask you to resupply your artwork in another format, like one of the nice ones above.
If your artwork contains fonts that have been downloaded from the internet, you will need to do the following to ensure we can work with your design:
Vector artwork: Fonts will need to be converted to Outlines so that they become a path rather than a editable font.
Raster artwork: Fonts will need to be rasterized so that they are pixel based rather than an editable font.
If you are supplying a flattened file format such as a .jpg, or .png, you won't need to worry about preparing fonts.
Positioning Logos / Altering Art
Artwork is best supplied as print ready as possible. The best way to do this is by using one of our ready made templates for Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator. These are available to download for free further up this page. We will spend up to 15 minutes per order on artwork preparation. If extra graphic design work is required including modifications to your artwork, colour reduction or logo arrangement, we can do this for you at a rate of £40/hr. If you need your design creating from scratch this may also be possible, but will incur a charge. Please get in touch for a quote and to discuss this further with us.
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