Here at The T Shirt Man we understand that you want your t shirt to look just as you image it to look and that your garments are customised perfectly. If you have a design that you want us to use, maybe a company logo or promotional print, we need the artwork in a specific file to make it come out just as you want it. When submitting artwork then it should be submitted in a suitable format and laid out in the artwork guidelines below, otherwise problems and delays may occur. However, more often then not artwork is fine. The guidelines can look rather scary and have been written for professional graphic designers although A Word document, or jpeg may be sufficient if you are looking for simple graphics or have seen a proof of your design. If you are unsure contact us.
When customers send us art for screen printing is very different from any other type of design. This is due to the limits of the screen printing process. In addition, the size of the designs necessitates the use of vector art as opposed to pixel based art. Blowing up art to fit on the full back of a t-shirt, or similar garment, (13.5″ x 18″) requires crisp and exact lines.
General rules for submission: The general rules for submitting artwork are as follows:
• Artwork must be submitted in both a JPEG & .EPS or .CDR format or Adobe Illustrator (if submitted as Photoshop min. resolution must be 400dpi)
• The thinnest lines cannot be less than 0.25 point
• There can be no gradients, shadows, or colour tints
• All text should be converted to outlines or sent with the appropriate font in .tff format.
File Programs and Format: Designs for clothing require the vector art format due to the necessity to blow up and resize art work. Since there are a variety of vector art programs, we have chosen the industry standard programs of Corel Draw & Adobe Illustrator. We prefer the files to be sent in the .ai or .eps format (.pdf is also okay). We run Adobe Illustrator CS2 to CS5. If the file is bigger than 1 Mb it should be zipped
No greater than four colours: It is important to understand the actual process of screen printing in order to understand why multiple colours’ cause problems. Each colour requires a separate screen to be created that corresponds to that colour. Then each screen must be perfectly registered over the other so that no overprinting of colours occurs. The more colours you print, the more likely you are to have a registration problem. If the colours overprint, or the fabric moves or stretches, the shirt is then unsuitable for sale.
Thinnest line can be no less the .25 point: Screens are made by putting a chemical emulsion on a mesh surface. Since the screen mesh is of a certain finite size, only lines over a certain line can actually hold the emulsion. So you are limited to about a .25 point line for screen printing.
Gradients: It is extremely difficult to accurately produce gradients when screen printing. This is because of the way they are produced. If you want to have the background of your design to go from navy blue to aqua blue by gradient, the only way to print it would be to use half tones. What this means is that the screen would be outputted from the computer with dots, which would increase in size as you went from one colour to the other. The navy blue would fade when printed because the dots would get bigger thus print less of that colour. Then the Aqua screen would be just the reverse. Gradients are difficult to print. The printer can spend days with the art, testing garments and inks before producing a good product.
Text converted to outlines: Because there are thousands of fonts, and we could not have all of them installed in our computer, it is necessary for all text to be converted to outlines. This will allow us to view your files as they were designed, instead of having our program convert your font to one that is installed. If you don’t know who to convert text to outlines, please make sure you email a copy of the font you have used. In Windows, you can ‘copy & paste’ the font you used from the ‘fonts’ folder found in the control panel.