Preferred File Types
There are several file formats we accept however Vector Based Artwork is Preferred!
This means the artwork is made up of paths, or strokes which lead through locations called control points. These vector-oriented images are more flexible than bit-maps because they can be resized and stretched without a loss in fidelity. Basically, it means we can enlarge your image to any size and still have it look the exact same as when you made it.
The benefit to using a vector format is it allows our artists to manipulate each layer of your art and resize it without losing image quality making the process that much cleaner and faster! Otherwise, our artists must take time to re-create your art and it may not look the exact same as you imagined.
See what a difference vector can make!
The above example shows just how big a difference using vector based art can make. On the left is a vector image and on the right is a jpeg. When enlarged the jpeg becomes nearly unreadable while the vector image stays exactly the same.
f your order is screen printed we must use a vector file to assign specific colors to the machines that print the shirts. If you have not already provided a vector file, this means our artists must re-create the art and despite their expert and skill, the end result may not look exactly the same as your initial upload.
A common File Extension that says your art is VECTOR art!
If you file extension is .ai, .eps, or .cdr you're in luck! This means they were created in either adobe illustrator or corel draw which means the files are vector art.
- .ai = adobe illustrator
- .eps = adobe illustrator
- .cdr = corel draw
Not sure about what format your file is or where it came from? Don't worry, we've got you covered. If you need help with your artwork, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 480.731.3144480.731.3144.
Formats we Accept
- Illustrator: .ai .eps
- Corel Draw: .cdr
- Acrobat: .jpg .bmp
- Photoshop: .tif .png
Outlining your Fonts
There are thousands of different fonts in existence and each on has its own unique personality. A font can speak volumes about the business, club, or the individual it represents. That's why we take fonts very seriously and choose each one with care.
When you come to us with your artwork we often run into the problem that comes with copyrighted fonts. If a font is copyrighted, Illustrator will not preserve that font. This means that we may see a font like the image on the right (see below) when in reality your artwork looks like the image on the left.
When a font is outlined it is turned into a vector shape. This means you can no longer edit the type but it also means that the artwork will always look the same no matter which computer you open it in.
By outlining your fonts you allow us to ensure your art looks exactly how it should, giving you the quality product you will be proud to wear.
Want to learn more? We have a page that takes you through step by step how to outline your work and save your file in vector format. Click Here.