Art Guidelines for Imprinting


There are two industry standard programs used for creating graphics for print: Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop. Below is a breakdown of the acceptable art file types.

Acceptable file types: high-res PDF, PSD, AI, EPS. Files must be vector format or at least 300 DPI at final print dimensions.



Adobe Illustrator

  • Vector graphics – images created using points. This allows artwork to be scaled larger or smaller without loss of quality.
  • Convert all fonts to outlines.
  • Embed any linked files, and also provide the files separately.

Vector EPS/AI file scaled up 500% -- no loss in quality


Adobe Photoshop

  • Raster graphics – images created using pixels. If artwork is scaled larger, loss of quality will occur. PSD or Photoshop PDF files should be created at 300 DPI at the final printing size. Changing the resolution to 300 DPI after creation may not work.
  • Works great for complex graphics or photorealistic images
  • Up-scaling images found on the web will not make a useable graphic for print. Web images are primarily 72 DPI and will lose quality when enlarged.


Raster PSD scaled up 500% -- edges become pixelated and bumpy. When printed, the lines will not be smooth



No High-Res File?

We can also scan drawings, previously printed tees, or other flat images you send in depending on the design and desired print quality. If your art files do not meet the above guidelines, never fear! Chances are we can use whatever files or ideas you do have to bring your screenprint design to life. Just ask your customer service rep about costs involved with design creation or re-drawing.