artwork requirements

REQUIREMENTS BY TYPE

EMBROIDERY

Artwork required: DST, JPEG, EPS or PDF files. If DST file is provided and used as is, no digitizing fees will apply.

HEAT TRANSFER

Artwork required: Ai (Illustrator), EPS or vector-based PDF files. $40 set-up fee will be added if the artwork needs to be vectorized (for artwork sent as a JPEG, TIFF or PDF/EPS with placed images).

DYE SUBLIMATION

Artwork required: Ai (Illustrator), .EPS, or Vector-based files.

Laser Etch

Artwork required: Ai (Illustrator), .EPS or Vector-based PDF files.

SCREEN PRINTING

Artwork required: Ai (Illustrator), .EPS, .PDF, or high-resolution images of 300 DPI or higher.

what it all means

If you’re in the promotional products/corporate branding industry you probably already know a thing or two about the different types of art files needed for decoration. But, in case you need a brush up, here are the different types of art files and when you will need them.

Vector

Based on mathematical formulas, vector files can be enlarged as much as needed and they will still appear crisp. Colors and shapes, and any other changes can also be easily changed. This is by and large the most preferred format for artwork. File types: .EPS, .JPG, or Adobe Illustrator (.Ai)

Uses: Virtual Proofs, Laser Etch, Heat Transfer, Dye Sublimation, Screen Printing.

Raster

Raster images are made up of tiny electronic dots called pixels, much like a printed photograph is made up of tiny dots of ink on paper. This type of file is great for full color images, but it has limited uses for apparel decoration. Quality can be an issue with this type of file (it cannot be enlarged very much without loss of quality), the image will start to appear blurry. Using high-resolution files that are at the correct size already will give you the best results. File types: .JPG, .PNG, .TIFF, .GIF)

Uses: Full-color Heat Transfer and Dye Sublimation.

DST

DST files are used for embroidery only. They cannot be used to create virtual mockups, or for any other type of decoration. However, any logo file type can be used to produce a DST file (digitized).

Uses: Embroidery.