I'm not sure if my art files are ready to print, what should I do?
Send your art file for verification / consultation.
While a vector-based file is preferred, many other files can be manipulated to work for screen printing.
Computer time may be needed for vectorization, this will be quoted after seeing your art.
If you have a vector file, we will do all the color separations here for you at no charge.
How do I create shaded images?
Gradients can be created with line art. Lines or dots can be used as texture fill as long as they are bigger than the holes in the actual screen:
I still have questions...
Don't worry! We have been working with clients and their artwork for over 20 years. Send us the highest quality artwork you have, and we will work out the best possible printing solution for you.
I have Adobe Illustrator. How should I prepare my files?
1. Set Artboard Size :window :artboards :artboard options Set to 10.5" wide x 12" tall. This is our maximum screen size.
2. Turn Fonts To Outlines :select all :type :create outlines :save as
3. No Placed Images
A placed image is not automatically vectorized. A placed image is contained with a box rather than outlined in points. These images need to be traced or vectored before printing. :select image box :object :image trace :trace
4. Save and Send
Save your .ai files as .pdf or .eps and send!
For screen printing, a screen is used as a stencil for a specific (spot) color to go through. A unique spot color is mixed for each screen. To achieve spot-color artwork, vector images are used.
Vector graphics are comprised of paths, which are defined by a start and end point, along with other points, curves, and angles along the way. A path can be a line, a square, a triangle, or a curvy shape. These paths can be used to create simple drawings or complex diagrams.
Because vector-based images are not made up of a specific number of dots, they can be scaled to a larger size and not lose any image quality. If you blow up a raster graphic, it will look blocky, or "pixelated." When you blow up a vector graphic, the edges of each object within the graphic stay smooth and clean. This makes vector graphics ideal for logos, which can be small enough to appear on a business card, but can also be scaled to fill a billboard. Common types of vector graphics include Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, and EPS files.
Other printing methods use 4-color process, or CMYK.
Four transparent base ink colors (Cyan, Magenta, Yellow, Black) are used in a series of super fine dots that overlap to create 1000's of colors. This can give you photographic reproductions full of color.
A screen is more like a stencil with one large area for an ink color to go through. Instead of using CMYK we use Pantone Ink Matching System (PMS COLOR) to create individual colors for each spot or stencil in a screen.
To make a screen, a piece of film positive is used. Film positive is clear and opaque black. The opaque black is what will make the space in the screen, and an ink color will be mixed specifically to pull over that screen. The files created are 100% black and 100% white for each color. This is why we cannot use greyscale, shadings, gradients, etc. We do all color separations for you at no charge.
The best files are created using a vector application like: Illustrator, CorelDraw, or Freehand.
By creating your art in a vector format, you ensure the ability to print and/or resize your image with no distortions.Please e-mail us with any questions or to send artwork.