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WHAT IS SCREEN PRINTABLE ART?
printable art is art that you might have
had from a previous printer, or art that is prepared
specifically for screenprinting. Screen ready art
needs to be on film positives (clear film with dense
black positive image seperated for each
color). Upon receipt of your film positives we will
inspect the art and advise you of any possible problems
we foresee. We retain the right to refuse any artwork
not generated in-house. The positives need to be
actual print size. An art charge will be incurred
for any necessary touchup.
you are sending halftoned images (dot patterns/percentages
of black see image to right), keep in mind
our maximum l.p.i. capability for printing on garments
is 55 lines per inch.
You can send us artwork files via e-mail to
or by portable media that is PC readable (including
Mac/PC hybrid) (CD, Data DVD, Flash Drive, Floppy
We use scanners with 600 dpi optical (9600 interpolated)
resolution. We output to clear film through modified
ink jet printers.
We accept simple artwork by fax at 925-778-2087
and can often make it printable through computer
We can accommodate those individuals supplying
hand drawn artwork, through scanning, photocopying,
and computer *enhancement
Remember, if you have any questions regarding artwork,
please send us an e-mail or call
1 (800) 755-0377.
We'll be happy to help you.
Below is a list of details for digital file preparation.
may require additional art charges
accept most any type of art for screen-printing,
from a hand drawing to a print ready digital file.
Unfortunately there are some digital formats that
are not meant for high resolution printing. The
information below explains our preferred file types.
We use Adobe Illustrator,
Adobe Photoshop, and Corel
Draw as our standard art preparation
We accept eps (both vector and
raster), ai (up to
version CS2), cdr (up
to version 11), psd, tif
and bmp. We also accept pdf.
Raster formats such as .tif and .bmp as well as
images in pdfs must be 200ppi/dpi at 100%
or higher. If your digital file is set up in a newer
version application than those listed here, most
applications will provide the option to save in
an older format in the "FILE / SAVE
ABOUT INTERNET FORMATS
Files that are used for the internet such as .jpg,
.png, and .gif are meant
for screen viewing and not for printing. We are
able to work from these formats to re-create artwork,
but rarely are they useable for printing. If an
internet format is your only available copy, *we
will work with the file to the best of our abillity
but can not garantee a high quality result.
Fonts as a rule do not follow an art file, they
reside on the designer's computer. In Adobe Illustrator
and Corel Draw, fonts must be converted to curves
or outlines. In Adobe Photoshop text layers must
be flattened. These steps convert the text into
artwork that doesn't require font files.
*FULL TIME ARTIST
We have a full time artist on staff that is able
to create finished art from your sketches, notes,
low-res files, ideas, and more. Many times, a digital
file or hard copy is not the quality that is desired.
Our artist can clean up or *re-create the art to
bring it to printable standards. Art charges are
one-time fees. The art can be used repeatedly without
additional art charges. Art fees apply to changes
is prepared differently than screenprinting. Each
stitch must be programmed into the computer to an
application that controls our embroidery machines.
Digital files are converted to a stitching format
that our machines will understand called a DST
(Tajima). We can convert vector
based .eps files into the DST format.
photos and drawings are re-drawn/traced in the stitching
program and are not exact duplications.
FULL TIME DIGITIZER
As with screenprinting we have a full time, in-house
digitizer who is able to convert your images and
ideas into a high quality embroidered design. Digitizing
is charged by stitchcount as a one-time fee. Once
digitized the file can be used over and over without
an additional digitizing fee. New digitizing charges
apply to art changes made between orders..
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additional art charges