We understand that you just want some custom apparel and artwork may not be your speciality. So if the following information hurts your brain or is like reading a different language, give us a call or send through whatever artwork you have and we’ll be happy to help you out!
Please ensure the following:
For best print results we prefer to work from Vector artwork files (.ai .eps .pdf .svg) or high resolution raster/bitmap images (.jpg .jpeg .tif .png) – see below for more info.
All text needs to be converted to outlines/curves.
For photographic prints, best results are achieved when the resolution is no less than 70dpi at full size. Please ensure all images are embedded or supplied with artwork.
For all photographic or raster images where colour reproduction is crucial, please supply us with a hard copy print out. Without a hard copy reference, we will be governed by how our eyes and our printers interpret your file – which may not be in keeping with your expectations.
All artwork to be supplied in CMYK with any solid spot colours assigned Pantone numbers e.g. PMS 485c.
File Types... Vector vs Raster... and why we prefer Vector!
A vector image uses mathematical algorithms to create paths and curves. Sounds complicated, right? What this basically means is that the image is infinitely scalable without losing any sharpness or quality.
You can zoom super far in on the image without it getting blurry.
Vector images are preferred throughout the graphic design world, because the file sizes are quite small and the details stay clear and sharp and can be easily modified or altered and can be infinitely scaled – anything from a business card to a billboard!
Examples of Vector files are .ai, .eps, .svg, and .pdf (if in vector format).
Raster images are made up of pixels. Like when you take a photo on your phone or a camera and you zoom in on the image, it becomes fuzzy – that is because the photo is made up of pixels.
Raster images are not really recommended for any sort of graphic design because you can not resize them without quality loss. The file size of a good quality Raster image will generally be quite large because of the amount of pixels making up the image. The more pixels, the higher quality the image will be.
If all you have is a Raster file, don’t worry…we may be able to Vectorize it!
Examples of Raster files are .jpg .jpeg .tif .png .bmp