Screen Printing - Artwork Requirements
SCREEN PRINTING – IMAGE FILE TYPES ACCEPTED (LISTED IN ORDER BY PREFERENCE):
1) .psd 2) .ai 3) .pdf 4) .tif 5) .png 6) .jpeg
--- All files need to have 300 DPI resolution ---
SCREEN PRINTING – IMAGE SIZING GUIDES
Please send your artwork/images in the size displayed in the “Maximum Print Size” column below that matches the “Style” you need for your order.
Please note, if you do not provide specific sizing for your images, we will use whatever standards are listed during the quoting process (as standards do sometimes change over time, so double check during the quoting process.. If you receive a quote that lists sizing, then approve the quote (via written approval or payment of an invoice), that is the sizing we will be using to make your products.
ARTWORK SERVICES (EXTRA CHARGES):
In the event of low quality or incorrectly sized submitted art, alteration, cleaning and/or recreation of the image may be required for a properly printed product. Cleaning and/or alteration of images will result in a graphics charge. For in depth alterations and/or recreation, price will be determined at time of image submission.
If the file is not print ready, we will notify you of any fees that need to be paid to make sure you get crisp, print ready files for your amazing prints! In the event that an invoice has been paid, but artwork is found to be in need of cleaning/alterations, a separate invoice will be sent including graphics charges unless Customer can provide corrected images as needed. Please be aware, if Customer uploads incorrectly sized/quality files, this may add time to the turnaround process, or could greatly reduce the quality of the image on the final product.
While shopping for a screen printer, you may have come across the term “underbase.” To put it simply, an underbase is a first layer of ink printed onto a garment (usually a dark colored garment) in order for all of the other colors printed on top of it to stand out brightly.
For example, if a bright red was printed onto a dark garment (in this example, a black shirt), the ink would look like a brick red due to how the ink sits in the shirt. However, if a white layer is printed under the top red, the color would be bright and stand out on top of the first layer that was printed.
Having no underbase allows you to see some of the fabric texture through the ink, while having an underbase gives the image a bright, crisp look.
One of the reasons you might consider an ink to be printed without an underbase is to give it a more vintage style look/feel to the print. This still has its limits depending on the color of the garment and the color of the ink.
On all of our orders we automatically apply an underbase to dark garments to ensure a high quality top image. If you would like to remove the underbase from your order, simply request it from your Client Care Representative and they will help you with that process.
An underbase does include an extra screen fee and another color print service charge in the printing process.
You can see an example of how white ink on a black garment looks with and without an underbase below:
If you are looking for a grungy/distressed/vintage look, we would suggest going without an underbase where possible. But if you want crisp, bright images, go with an underbase (it will be worth it). Having (or not having) an underbase does not affect the longevity of the print.
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Embroidery - Artwork Requirements
EMBROIDERY – IMAGE FILE TYPES ACCEPTED (LISTED IN ORDER BY PREFERENCE – 300 DPI resolution needed):
1) PSD 2) AI 3) JPG 4) PDF 5) EPS 6) GIF
Please list the logo in size (Centimeter , Millimeter, or Inch), and number of colors needed for the image.
Please note: Hat and Beanie images can reach a max height of 2.15 inches.
EMBROIDERY – CLEAN IMAGES VS. SMALL ELEMENTS
Unlike screen printing with how tiny and specific the mesh can be, with embroidery the machine is only able to get so small. A needle and thread can only be so small. If your image is “distressed” or very detailed, or has very tiny elements in it, we suggest slight changes to be made to the image in order to make sure you have the highest quality image ready to be embroidered.
Questions to ask yourself while preparing the image: Do you need the "TM" for trademark? (Typically, they are incredibly small). If you do need it, please adjust the font to be larger in consideration of the thread and needle. The same goes for the small circled "c" for copyright.
If you have any text in the image, are the letters large enough to work well with embroidery?
If you have line work in the image, are the lines bold enough to work well with embroidery?
If alterations need to happen to the image, a graphics charge may need to be included if Convicted Printing needs to do the alterations.
Please send files based on the spot to be stitched and the maximum image size listed below:
Embroidery Sizing Standards:
Standard sizing of all hats and beanies are 120.65 mm x 54.61 mm (4.75"x2.15"). This is currently the max sizing we offer for hats and beanies. If any other size needs to be used on hats or beanies, specific numbers need to be given by the client in order for us to have it digitized in the proper sizing, otherwise we will always maximize the size of the image on the hat/beanie to fit the sizing mentioned above. Therefore, if an exact measurement is not provided, it will result in a maxed out image.
Hat mock ups are very difficult to properly display when it comes to sizing. We try our best to make it look according to the size we estimate it to be, but final product may vary slightly in sizing compared to the reference image.
Again, if you want a very specific sizing, or a very small image embroidered, please provide exact sizing details, whether in inches or in millimeters, and we can digitize it to be that size.
ARTWORK SERVICES (EXTRA CHARGES):
In the event of low quality or incorrectly sized submitted art, alteration, cleaning and/or recreation of the image may be required for a properly printed product. Cleaning and/or alteration of images will result in a graphics charge of at least $10. For in depth alterations and/or recreation, price will be determined at time of image submission.
If the file is not print ready, we will notify you of any fees that need to be paid to make sure you get crisp, digitizable files for your amazing stitches! In the event that an invoice has been paid, but artwork is found to be in need of cleaning/alterations, a separate invoice will be sent including graphics charges unless Customer can provide corrected images as needed. Please be aware, if Customer uploads incorrectly sized/quality files, this may add time to the turnaround process.