Getting the proper art work for printing is essential. (See below bitmap/vector.)
Your job will need to have vector artwork to be considered print ready. The file formats excepted for your vector image will be: .cdr – .ai – .pdf (editable) – .eps . All fonts must be converted to curves or outlines before we can accept your artwork.
Please note: if you take a bitmap image into Photoshop or a like program and convert it to a vector format such as .cdr, .ai, .pdf, .eps, that is now a vector file with a bitmap image in it and will not work, it is still a bitmap. You can call a horse a duck all you want, but at the end of the day it’s still a horse!
If your artwork does not meet vector requirements no worries we can help. Just send us what you have and we will work with you to make your order happen.
What if you do not have art work but have an awesome idea in mind??? Call or email us to schedule a design appointment with one of our awesome graphic designers!
For embroidery we need a DST specific embroidery files.
Bitmap vs. Vector – (verbal description below)
Bitmap images .jpeg, .tiff, .gif, .psd, .pdf (in some cases), (scans, digital photos, web images) are created from a series of tiny colored squares, called pixels, that when viewed at 100% produce a seamless image similar to a photograph. A pixel is a variable-size unit meaning that you can fit 72 pixels within an inch, 300 pixels within an inch, even 2540 pixel within an inch. The more pixels used to create the image, the higher the quality. A scan made up of 300 pixels per inch (ppi) will look much better than the same image at 72 pixels per inch set at the same dimensions. Bitmap images will look jagged and grainy when printed on a press because there is simply not enough information, in terms of pixels, to create a quality image. We will not print images form these files.
Vector images .cdr, .ai, .pdf (editable), .eps, differ greatly from bitmap images in the fact that they do not rely on any kind of resolution to determine their quality. Instead of using pixels to create the image, vectored art uses a series of points to define the boundaries of an element and the computer fills in the rest. Think of it as a digital connect-the-dots. The advantage of vectored art is its scalability. As you increase or decrease the size of the art, the points are either spaced farther apart or drawn closer together. The computer re-connects the dots and the art looks good no matter what size you make it. The result is a clean, crisp printed image.