Artwork Preparation

Vector Based Artwork:
If you had your artwork created by a graphic designer you more than likely can get your artwork in this format. Vector images also called object oriented or draw images, are defined as a series of points joined by lines. Vector based images are resolution independent, which means you can easily resize them from thumbnail size to billboard size and not lose an quality of your image. This type of file ends in .ai, .eps, .cdr. If your designer is able to send you the file please have them convert it to curves prior to sending. This will avoid any problems with fonts not matching our graphic fonts.

Pixel Based Artwork:
If your artwork was not created by a graphic designer but the artwork was created in a Pixel based program such as Photoshop/Word etc. using clip art and fonts. With this type of art you are working in a world of color and photographic quality imagery. Pixel images also called bitmap or raster images are made of individual dots called pixels that are arranged and color differently to form a pattern or picture. When you zoom in you can see individual squares that make the total image. In this type of artwork resizing could affect the quality of the image.

Please try to send us a clean .bmp, .jpg, .tif, .pdf, or .gif. file.

Scanned Art:
This would be if you took a scanned image from a drawing, yellow pages, newspaper ads, business cards, letterhead, or photocopies. We may be able to work with this type of art, but we would need to review it and let you know.

Concept Art:
If you only have a rough sketch or concept we will be able to help you make your vision a reality. If you want something more custom we will have our graphic artist draw up several ideas for you to come up with what you are looking for. The art fee for this service starts at $100.00. Then once the artwork is complete we would be able to use it for your screen printing project.

If you are not sure which format your artwork is in please contact us at 1 (626) 387-7417 or so that we may assist you in determining what you have.

Screen Printing Process

When you think about it, it is amazing how easy it is today to print on a sheet ofpaper, and how hard it is to print on cloth. Anyone can buy a laser printer or an inkjet printer for a couple hundred dollars and print on paper all day long at rates up to 10 sheets a minute. On the other hand, you would be really lucky to print one T-shirt every five minutes — the machine is also going to cost a lot more, and you will have to do each one by hand!

In the traditional silk-screening approach, you start with a square wooden frame about the size of a T-shirt. Over this frame you tightly stretch a piece of sheer fabric (originally silk, now polyester). This is the screen. Over this sheer fabric you put a thin sheet of plastic into which you have cut holes where you want ink to appear on the T-shirt. You can either cut the holes with a scalpel (an arduous task), or you can use a liquid plastic coating that’s sensitive to ultraviolet light and “cut” the holes with light.

Next, you place your T-shirt on a flat board and press the screen onto the fabric. By coating the screen with thick ink using a sponge, you cause the ink to flow through the screen onto the T-shirt. For multi-color designs, you do this multiple times, starting with the lightest color and moving up to the darkest.


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