A rtwork can be an intimidating step if you are unfamiliar with computer graphics so we will try to make this as painless as possible. To ensure the highest quality final product we often need the highest quality version of your artwork. This guide will help you determine what you need to get started. If you are unsure about your artwork, don't hesitate to ask. And remember, we have a full art department to assist you in getting your artwork in order.
For Silk-screening & Ad Specialty
A high quality image is critical in silk-screening. For this medium, we often prefer (and sometimes insist on) a vector image. Vector images are created with mathematical equations, allowing us to enlarge an image without it getting pixilated. Typically, these images are created in Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw, and their file extensions include .AI, .EPS, .SVG or .DFX.
If you are going to have us digitize your logo for embroidery most artwork is going to be acceptable since we will be redrawing it. Whether its a business card or a shirt you have had done in the past we will be able to recreate it for you. If you have an actual embroidery file, we will need to verify compatibility before going ahead with your order (Illustrator files will not work for embroidery).
Vector is required for a vinyl design. We use a plotter to cut the design, so line quality is critical for a good final product. Make sure your lines are smooth, we find that using less points in a design often results in a better cut (Typically, Adobe Illustrator's Live Trace function will not yield good results with vinyl). Also, be aware of the color limitations of vinyl. Since each layer has to be laid by hand, one color designs are recommended.