OFFICE: (253) 582-4444
PSW10731-A A Street South
Tacoma, WA. 98444

Art Requirements

  • We prefer Adobe Illustrator CS5 or later files, but we also accept Photoshop, EPS and PDF files.
  • All computer generated artwork must be PC based (not MAC) and in Vector format, created by a vector based graphics program such as Corel Draw, Adobe Illustrator or Freehand.
  • Our file format of preference if from Corel or Freehand, would be a file saved as an AI, EPS or PDF as we cannot open the live Corel or Freehand files.
  • When submitting artwork make sure that all text has been converted to curves or outlines
  • Colors in your design set as Pantone Spot colors not CMYK or RGB.
  • Our maximum imprint area is 23" x 35". All oversize jobs will be reviewed with concern to garment size and press platen size.
  • Any questions regarding these guidelines can be answered by our Art Department
  • Art files should be saved as AI, EPS or PSD.
  • Fonts in the file must be converted to outlines or include all font files used.
  • Art should be saved at size to be printed.
  • Supporting files created outside of Illustrator - saved at 300 dpi
  • Colors in the file saved as Pantone (PMS) spot colors and clearly marked.
  • A pixel based or photographic image saved as ai, eps or pdf is not considered a vector file
  • Files not following guidelines may result in poor quality imprints and may have art charges applied.

 

Art files of any size up to your maximum outgoing email limit should be sent to Brett. You can also send a CD-ROM or DVD. Please include a customer approved color printout of the the art.

 

We have a Drop box account set up to help with larger files transfers. Download Drop Box here https://www.dropbox.com and set up your own account for free.

 

Another service we provide is our FTP site: This allows the uploading of very large files directly to our server. You will need to contact us for a username and password first to access this service.

To use our FTP site open Windows explorer (the one that you search for files) not Internet Explorer (the one you browse the internet) and paste ftp://mail.pacificsportswear.com into the address bar.

Then you can enter your username and password in the pop up box and drag and drop larger files directly to us.

 

WHAT KIND OF ART IS NEEDED FOR SCREEN PRINT?

All files should be submitted in an Adobe Illustrator vector format. If a raster file is submitted, it must have been created at a minimum of 300 dpi at the size the image will print. Please note, web art or an image from the internet is never usable as is.
These files are usually 72 dpi and cannot be up-sampled. Quark, Publisher, PowerPoint, Word, Excel, MS Paint, etc., are not usable formats.

Quotes on separation charges and redraw fees are recommended and available upon request.

WHAT IS THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN A RASTER FILE AND A VECTOR FILE?

VECTOR ART

File extensions: .ai, .fh, .cdr, .eps, sometimes .pdf.
Vector art is an image composed of paths. The terms outlines, curves, fonts, and spot colors are commonly used when discussing this file type. These files are created using Adobe Illustrator, Macromedia Freehand, Corel Draw programs. These files are easy to  manipulate. They are generally the same type of files that an offset printer would use to do letterhead, envelopes etc. These file types are best for garment printing.

These files are such that various elements of the design can be manipulated in any way. Color, size, shape etc. Vector art easily translates to "Spot colors". Spot colors are solid PMS colors that are called out for elements in the art. For example; Red-PMS 186c, Blue-PMS 285c, Green-361c etc. We can make each element of the design exactly what color you want. We can move every element. We can resize it without degradation of the design or image.

Important- When sending vector art in any of the above mentioned formats, you must convert the fonts used in the file to graphics. This is also referred to as converting to graphics, converting to outlines, converting to curves or expanding. All of the programs have this function available. It can usually be accomplished by selecting all and then going to the “Font” tab on you tool bar and scrolling down to the appropriate command.

RASTER ART

File extensions: .psd, .jpeg, .gif, .tif, .bmp and sometimes .pdf.
Raster art is art created using a bitmap type program and is an image composed of “pixels”. The terms resolution, redraw and separations are commonly used when discussing this file type. These files are usually scanned, taken from the web or created in Adobe Photoshop. Typically these images and non editable without redrawing them. The design will be made of small squares. These files are typically RGB (Red Green Blue) or CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow, black) and cannot be set as a Spot color without being converted to vector graphics or set to gray scale, then set as a spot color. These file types are not the most desirable files for garment printing unless your design is full color. (4 Color Process on white or light garments) They are usually pretty small in size also. When they are enlarged the imperfections become magnified many times due to the lower resolution and the pixilation. They will not give you a clean or sharp edge.

In many cases these file are not usable. .jpg, .bmp, .gif are generally low resolution files. These files will most likely not work.
We may be able to recreate your design for you if this is the case, we should be able to work from whatever file type you have in order to recreate it or redraw it. You cannot make a lower resolution file such as these, better by resaving it at a higher resolution or as another file type (.eps .tif etc.).

A .tif, .tiff file saved at 300 dpi at actual size will work well in most cases for 4 color process/ full color printing. It will can also be used to print a one color when converted to a single color. This only works if the files are saved as a 300 dpi or higher from the original program. You cannot make a lower resolution file better by resaving it at a higher resolution.

HOW FILE TYPES AFFECT WHICH SCREEN PRINTING APPROACH IS USED

Vector Graphics Spot Color Artwork for Screen Printing - Vector Spot Color
(.ai, .eps, .cdr)

Files are entirely composed of paths. All fonts are converted to outlines or curves. This file type can be printed on light or dark garments. This is by far the most common way logos and designs are submitted for most basic screen printing jobs and don't incur any art fees to process them.

Spot Process Art for Screen Printing - Vector or Raster Spot Process

Art that uses half tones of a spot color to make gradients in an image but is NOT an actual photograph is usually classified as "spot process". Many corporate logos utilize this blending and shading to give depth to flat images. These files can be complicated vector graphics created in Illustrator or non-photograph raster images created in Photoshop. These files can be printed on light or dark garments but depending on the design, may require some color separation fees.

4 Color Process Screen Printing Art - Raster 4 Color Process
(.jpg, .gif, .bmp, .tif, .pdf, .psd)

Photographic images that will be printed on light or white garments. 300 dpi native resolution is required to archive a clean print and process color separations and screen fees will apply. Usually done with 6-8 screens.

Simulated Process Screen Printing Art - Raster Simulated Process
(.jpg, .gif, .bmp, .tif, .pdf, .psd)

Photographic images that will be printed on colored or black garments. 300 dpi native resolution is required to archive a clean print and simulated process color separations and screen fees will apply. Usually done with 8-10 screens.

 

Related resources

use this link to upload your files to our ftp site.

you will need a username and password from us first.

ftp site