Use Your Own Design

Preparing your design.

We will always do our best to work with what you have, but providing us with the best possible file will always help get you exactly what you want without having to recreate or prepare. Please use the following information as an overview of the different ways to use the computer in preparing artwork to be printed, as well as the various file formats that we need to make that happen.

Pixel Designs

We require all files to be set to the final print size at minimum resolution of 300 Dots Per Inch. File Formats: TIFF, BMP, JPG, PNG * Please make sure all text layers are left editable (not flattened). We may need you to send the actual font file itself if we do not have the font in our library.

File Formats:

TIFF, BMP, JPG, PNG

* Please make sure all text layers are left editable (not flattened). We may need you to send the actual font file itself if we do not have the font in our library.

Vector Designs

We prefer Vector designs. This crisp resolution-independent format is ideal for screen printing and is practically immune from many of the problems that arise from pixelation in digital graphics.

File Formats:

AI, EPS, PDF

* Please make sure all text has been converted into vector shapes (in Adobe Illustrator select the Text in the design and choose: Type > Create Outlines).

Scanning Your Art

Scans must be of a high-resolution format, created at a minimum of 300 DPI (dots per inch), and should be set to the final desired print size.

We are always happy to scan your image for you at the shop so come visit us and we can digitize your image for you!

Dealing With Fonts

 

If we don’t have the font you are using in our collection, then we will need the actually font file in order to see/print the design correctly (we will do our best to find a close match if that isn’t possible).

As with anything to be screen printed, low resolution pixel based files are essentially unusable and will have to be re-typeset. Please visit our fonts page for more information, resources, and font suggestions.