Screen Printing Artwork Guidelines

What are the artwork requirements?

Artwork is the most important part of the printing process. If you want a great looking print then you need great looking artwork. Vector files will always be superior than other types of files.  We will accept high resolution raster images and in most cases the print quality will still be outstanding. Raster images do require a Min dpi of 300 and sized to the final print size.

Vector Files:Adobe Illustrator (.ai, .eps), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf)

Raster Files:Adobe Photoshop (.psd), JPEG Images (.jpeg), TIFF Images (.tif)

Design Guidelines for Screen Printing Artwork

Artwork for the screen printing process is quite different from printing business cards for example. In order to print your design on a garment, your artwork needs to be separated into individual colors. A silk screen then needs to be created for each color. For example if your artwork consists of 3 colors, then 3 screens will need to be created.   In addition to the number of colors in your design the fine details also may play a factor in the printing of you garment. The main rule of thumb to keep in mind is the better your artwork the better your print will be.

General rules for artwork submission: Send us your artwork for our recommendations if you are unsure.

  • The best screen printing artwork should be created in  Adobe Illustrator
  • Artwork needs to be a max. of 6 colors
  • Please convert all text to outlines
  • Maximum print size is approx 13×18

What is your turnaround time?

Our normal turnaround time on any order is 7-10 business days + shipping time. If you have a specific time frame in mind, please let us know as soon as possible. Rush order are always welcome. Please note that if you follow our screen printing artwork guidelines you order will go quickly and easily.

screen printing artwork guidelines

Factors that contribute to higher printing cost.

  • Low shirt quantities…Screen printing is all about volume.  The more shirts you can print the less the cost per shirt will be.
  • The garment that you chose has a big factor in the cost. The cost to print does not change for different styles…but the cost for different garments has a wide range in price.
  • You should keep in mind that every print location adds cost.  For example, printing the front and back of a garment is twice as much as just printing on the either the back or the front of your garment.
  • Also, each color in your design adds cost. So keeping the design your to a minimum number of colors will help in the final per piece price.
  • Keep in mind our screen printing artwork guidelines


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