How to get your artwork ready for screen printing

Posted on Wednesday, May 12th, 2010 at 12:31 pm

The best way to make your artwork is to create it in Adobe Illustrator (.ai file extension). Most jobs involving one or two colour prints, if a file is given to us in Illustrator we will not need to charge an artwork fee. If multicolour artwork is not in a vector file (such as .ai, .pdf or .eps), there is quite a bit of work to make it screen print ready.

If you are unable to supply us with a vector file, it’s not the end of the world. In the case of non vector files, the artwork must be 300dpi. If your file is in Photoshop, please leave it in layers. For files over 10 megs, please send them to us using a program such as

Now for the fun stuff – in order to get your file ready for printing just follow these steps:

First, leave your artwork in layers so that we can more easily separate the artwork. Also outline your fonts by following these steps:

  1. Open your art file in Adobe Illustrator
  2. Unlock all layers and objects
  3. Select everything
  4. Go to the “Type” menu and select “Create Outlines”

To simplify the process, we would ask that you please submit all artwork in final print size.

The following is an example of an ideal submitted design (built in Adobe Illustrator) that leaves no questions as to how it should be printed.

Image for print ready artwork file

Alex Chavel is a screen printing machine, turning what started out as a hobby many years ago into a passion and business. He has extensive knowledge of the industry, including new techniques and products.


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