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Screen Printing Design Guideline

Pricing

Screen Printing pricing is based on the number of colors being used per design and the number of placements. One color is applied at a time, per placement. Each color will require its own stenciled mesh screen, which will require an individual set-up fee.


Placement

Front

Back


Colors

Screen printing is ideal for designs with 1-5 colors with solid colors and clear color separation.

We offer a selection of colors and can Pantone Match to your brand colors.


Artwork Files

  • For Best Results

    • Vector Artwork (.AI, .EPS) or a high resolution .PSD, .SVG, and .PDF, with layers and transparent backgrounds

    • Resolution of 300 dpi or higher

  • Low resolution designs may have to be vectorized by a graphic design artist

  • Artwork that is too small may not be possible to print

  • The vectored lines used in your design must be at least 1 pt or .013 inches for the design to be visible and printed properly without any ink bleeds


Sizing

The below are typical dimensions used for reference. Dimensions may vary dependent on the surface or garment.

  • Standard Adult (11 x 11”)

  • Adult Max (11.25 x 14”)

  • Youth Medium/Large (10.5 x 10.5”)

  • Youth Small (8.5 x 8.5”)

  • Toddler (5.5 x 5.5”)

  • Standard Left or Right Chest (4.5 x 4.5”)

  • Max Left or Right Chest (5 x 5”)

  • Pocket (3.5 x 3.5”)

  • Standard Cap (4.75 x 2.75”)

  • Max Cap (5 x 3”)

  • Leg (2.5 x 14”)

  • Standard Sleeve (2 x 11.5”)

  • Max Sleeve (2.5 x 14”)

  • Bags

Material

  • For Best Results

    • Vector Artwork (.AI, .EPS) or a high resolution .PSD, .SVG, and .PDF, with layers and transparent backgrounds

    • Resolution of 300 dpi or higher

  • Low resolution designs may have to be vectorized by a graphic design artist

  • Artwork that is too small may not be possible to print

  • The vectored lines used in your design must be at least 1 pt or .013 inches for the design to be visible and printed properly without any ink bleeds


Common Issues

Use of Photographs or Low Resolution Artwork

If a low resolution artwork file is used to screen print, the image will come out messy or pixelated instead of sharp and clean. Avoid this by making sure the image is vectorized or is 300 dpi.

Print on Seams, Collars, or Zippers

A flat surface is needed to get the best quality print when screen printing. Printing on seams, collars, or zippers provide an inconsistent surface and will leave gaps in the print and cause imperfections.


Helpful Tips

  1. For the best result, use high resolution vector artwork with 1-5 Pantone matched colors.

    • If this is unavailable, there are steps that can be taken to make your artwork file work.

  2. Vectorization is the process of converting a raster image to a vector image. The image can be hand-traced or auto-traced by a computer program.

    • Raster images are made up of pixels - a single point or the smallest single element in a display device.

      • Created with pixel based programs or captured with a camera or scanner and are typically appear on computer screens

      • When zoomed in, little squares will appear

      • Is made up of a specific amount of pixels. When enlarged without changing the number of pixels, the image will appear pixelated or blurry

      • Common Uses: Photography

      • Common File Types: .PSD, .EPS, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG., .TIF, .BMP and .PDF that originated from raster programs

      • Common Programs: Photoshop, Paint

    • Vector images are mathematical calculations from one point to another that form lines and shapes.

      • Created with vector program and are common for images that will be applied onto a physical surface

      • When zoomed in, the image will appear the same

      • When enlarged, the mathematical formulas stay the same, the image will stay the same regardless of size

      • It is scalable to any size and will not lose quality

      • Can be printed at any size or resolution

      • Common Uses: Logos, illustrations, technical drawers, specialty signs, printing, engraving and etching

      • Common File Types: .AI, .SVG, .EPS, .PDF that originated from vector programs

      • Common Programs: Adobe Illustrator

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