These few simple steps will help ensure that there are no problems when processing your art files. If you are not the party responsible for creating your art, please send these guidelines on to your designer or direct them to this page.
We accept art built in Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop. If you are using Corel or Microsoft Paint, please upgrade your software at Adobe.com, or convert your files to one of the following: .pdf, .ai, .eps, or .psd, and to ensure it looks the same on our end, we recommend that you send a jpeg proof as well.
We DO NOT accept print files created in MS Word, MS Publisher or MS Powerpoint, but if we are recreating the art we will take anything from iPhone snapshots and napkin doodles to full size oil paintings, but additional art charges may apply. Talk to your account executive for more details.
Please build your art at 300 dpi at 100% print size. This is not the same as building it at 72 dpi and then changing the resolution to 300 dpi after it is finished. This will result in poor image quality.
(We will NOT proceed with the order if artwork is of poor quality.)
Build your files in RGB and at 8 bits/channel. There is not need for 16 or 32 bits, and they create problems when exporting the file for print.
Leave your artwork in layers so we can easily separate your design. Do not flatten the image.
Acceptable file formats for art done in Photoshop: .psd(Photoshop Document)* or if you are doing your own separations: .ai (Adobe Illustrator) with a placed DCS(.eps) file included in the same directory. (please do not attempt to separate your own work if you are not familiar with the process. We highly recommend that if you are new to color separations, you read this book first.)
*a flattened Jpeg (.jpg) or TIFF (.tif) may also be used in some cases, if the art is one color, relatively simple or if that is all that is available. However, it should be 300 dpi at print size, and additional art charges may apply. Talk to your account executive for more details.
Please build your art at exact print size. Even though Illustrator is a vector based program and the art is scalable, this reduces possible confusion as to what your desired print size will be.
Be sure to expand all effects, appearances and strokes by selecting all and choosing “Expand Appearances” & “Expand” from the “Object” menu.
Convert all colors to spot colors. (If the color swatch doesn't have a black dot in the lower right corner, it is not spot) To check for this choose “same stroke and fill color” from the “select” menu, and then press Command+3 to hide the selected elements. Do this for each color, press Command +A to select all, and If items remain visible, they are not spot.
Unlock and show all Layers and delete any unused layers or graphics.
Make sure there are no locked or hidden graphics by holding command+option+2 on a mac (ctrl+alt+2 on a pc) and then command+option+3 on a mac (ctrl+alt+3 on a pc)
Be sure to embed all images by selecting all (cmd+A) and selecting the “embed image” option from the dropdown menu in your links palette.
Be sure to convert all type to outlines by selecting all (cmd+A) and selecting the “Create Outlines” option from the “Type” menu (cmd+shift+O).
We recomend saving a copy with type not outlined in case you want to go back and make changes.
Acceptable file formats for art done in Illustrator: ai (Adobe Illustrator), .pdf(Portable Document Format)*, .eps (Encapsulated Post Script)*
*These files should still be created in Illustrator and follow all the guidelines specified above. Be sure to preserve Illustrator editing capabilities by checking the box in the pdf options. If these specifications are not met, additional art charges may apply. Talk to your account executive for more details.
Please keep in mind that monitors can vary significantly from one computer to the next. Due to the variation between monitors, we cannot guarantee ink colors based on visual mockups alone. We recommend checking these color swatches against a Pantone book for color accuracy. Failure to specify a pantone color may result in a different color than expected, and we cannot be responsible for these inconsistencies. Pantone books can be purchased from Amazon.com.CLICK HERE TO SEE THE COLORS
If you are sending us the art, it should be built at the final print size, and the same size will be reflected on the proof. In addition to sending your art at the exact size, it is aways a good idea to specify the final print dimensions on your order to make sure nothing is scaled or shifted in the output process. Because the print will look different on each size shirt, our virtual proof reflects an adult Large, or the median size for your particular order. While we always look at the range of sizes for each order and make our best estimation for sizing, we are often limited by the smallest size as to how large we can go. This is especially important to consider with youth sizes. Please use the chart below for our most common styles. Sizes vary greatly from style to style, so if there is any question, please ask your account manager for the specs on your particular garment. We cannot be held responsible for the wrong print size if it is not stated on the order.
DISCLAIMER: These sizes are APPROXIMATE sizes only. (There can be up to 1-2” of variance between shirts even within the same size, shipment, color, style and brand. We must size the print for the smallest shirt in the order, so there are no guarantees we can print to the maximum sizes listed here.)
IMPORTANT NOTE: These are not RECOMMENDED sizes (typical print size is 8-12” wide, and all-over prints, while possible, are not typical (evaluated on a case by case basis)
Shirt styles and sizes Width x Height (inches)
Gildan 2000 (Adult)
Gildan 2000 B (Youth)
Gildan 5000 (Adult)
Gildan 5000 B (Youth)
We recommend you confirm and verify them on the manufacturers' site to ensure the garment is going to fit as you intend. If there's any doubt about sizing on the selected garment, we recommend ordering a blank sample first. Please keep in mind that ordering blank samples will push back the turnaround time. Blank samples are available for purchase, but are nonrefundable unless transferred towards a full production run. Please talk to your account executive for details.
This ink is the most commonly used ink in the industry. Plastisol inks sits on top of the fabric , giving the image a superior color saturation and durability.
Discharge ink is a water based product that is formulated by adding an activator to the ink in order to remove the dye from the fabric. Discharge works best on natural fabrics such as 100% cotton. Excellent for dark colored grounds.
SOFT HAND PLASTISOL
Is plastisol ink mixed with an additive to soften the ink. It creates a soft hand feel. This technique is often used to create a "vintage" look.
Metallic inks are infused with small particles to create a shimmer look. They are great for creating a foil or glitter imitation.
Is a reflective mirror like technique applied by printing a coat of adhesive to the garment and then heat sealing the area with a sheet of foil. Great for those who like a little Bling!
GLOW IN THE DARK
Yes, it really glows in the dark!
Is a plastisol based gel that gives a glossy wet look. Clear gel is perfect for watermarks and cool effects.
Puff is a plastisol based inks that raise above the surface adding density and texture to your print. Almost 3D like!
M&R Sportsman 10 color Automatic 2,500 impressions per day
M&R Sportsman 6 color Automatic 2,500 impressions per day
M&R Diamondback 6 color Automatic 2,500 impressions per day
American Centurion 14 color Automatic 2,000 impressions per day
American Centurion 10 color Automatic 2,000 impressions per day
3 Manual 6 color Presses 800 impressions per day
Total = Over 15,000 impresssions per day