Screen Printing Art Requirements
This is a very lengthy section, but very important to get the most out of your artwork so please read on. Acceptable “camera ready” screen printing artwork formats that generally do not incur additional art preparation fees would include:
- Adobe Illustrator files as .ai in CS2 or older version, with fonts converted to outlines.
- Native .eps vector files, with fonts converted to outlines. Native files are created and saved in a vector art program like Corel or Illustrator. Bitmap images that are imported into graphics programs and “saved as” an .eps file are not true .eps files.
- PDF files, fonts must be in outline format.
- .psd files prepared in Photoshop CS2 or earlier version are usable if the resolution is 200 to 300 dpi at final print size, with fonts rasterized, and the art in layers. Please do not include empty layers. Complex art files may be huge and should be sent on a CD if larger than 20mb.
- Other usable formats; .tif, jpg, or even .png & .gif files if they are 200 to 300dpi at the final printed size. The native file resolution is critical. Images downloaded off a web are 72dpi or less and will require complete redrawing to be screen printable.
- Unless a Publisher file is exported as a .pdf or .jpg we do not use it.