How To:

Prepare Your Graphics

Preparing Illustrator Files

Step One

Create File

Adobe Illustrator is a great vector based program, and it's the preferred application to use to create your graphics for screen printing.
Set Artboard Size:
In Illustrator open new file
window artboards artboard options
Set size to: 11.5" wide x 12" tall.
This is our maximum print area.

Step Two

No Placed Images

Create your artwork. After art is created, ensure that there are no placed images in your file.
A placed image is not automatically vectorized.
A placed image is contained with a box rather than outlined in points. Placed images need to be traced or vectorized before printing.

difference between placed and vector images

Step Three

Check Fonts

Before sending your graphics, check to make sure all the fonts have been turned to outlines.
In Illustrator
open file select all type create outlines save as

fonts to outlines

Preparing Raster Files

Step One

Check File Size

Raster files are made up of tiny dots that blend to create the illusion of solid color and graphics. All raster files, or files created in applications like Photoshop, need to be vectorized prior to printing.
Because of this, the files need to have a resolution of at least 300dpi at actual print size.
If the graphic is one-color, make it a black image on a white background, this will give more detail.
If the graphic has more than one color in it, time will be necessary to create color separations. Computer time starts at $60/hr.


Our studio houses one 4-color manual press.
This means there are certain limitations to the type of artwork we can print here.
Full color artwork is best realized at a digital printing, or automated screenprinting operation.
Our press can print one, two, three, or four color images.
If your graphic requires more than that, we will let you know.