Artwork Submission Guidelines

There are many variables for the compatibility of computer produced artwork, and files which are incorrectly prepared may not produce the best results. Please follow these guidelines carefully, and call us if you have any questions.

Setting Up Your Illustrations

Some images simply cannot be silkscreened easily. These include color photographs, multicolor blends and items with sharp details. Please refrain from using lines or dots smaller than 1 point. Pantone uncoated spot colors should be used instead of process colors.

Suggested File Formats & Extensions:

These kinds of files will give the best results...

Incompatible File Formats:

These are programs which we do not use. Please export your artwork into an acceptable format listed above.

Low-Quality Formats:

These may look OK, but the quality of the image will quickly deteriorate when enlarged. We will do what we can to fix problems and reset type, but fine details may be lost and extra charges may apply to fix art.

Other formats may or may not work depending on the information in the file itself. Many programs have an “Export” or “Save As” option in the “File” menu that may give you one or more of these options.Please be sure to include the proper file extension if you are sending a Mac file.

Please send a printed copy, faxed copy or JPG bitmap of your artwork along with your vector art file to assure that there have been no changes during the conversion process.

File Preparation

Please be sure to include all externally linked bitmap files and images.

Please change all text characters into paths or outlines. This is to ensure accuracy as font formats change from one platform to the next. In CorelDraw, this option is in the “Arrange” menu as “Convert to Curves”. In Adobe Illustrator, it’s under the “Type” menu as “Create Outlines”, and in Freehand it’s under the “Type” menu as “Convert to Paths”. Unfortunately, this feature is not available in Microsoft Word, so art may change from your computer to ours. Please check fonts carefully if you are sending Microsoft Word files (see note about Word above). You can also view or download a pdf file of our standard type samples.

Media

Art may be submitted on this website here or e-mailed to art@unlimitedsilkscreen.com. Please don't forget to include your name and phone number in the e-mail. For files larger than 4mb, we suggest using a large file transfer service such as www.yousendit.com to transfer them. We also accept standard media: 3.5” Floppy Disk, Zip 100 or CD. We use a Windows-based system, but either Mac or IBM formats are acceptable.

Halftones

Silkscreening requires the use of large halftones to accommodate the ink flow. Suggested sizes are:

Dark ink on light garment: 28 lines per inch
Light ink on a dark garment: 26 lines per inch

Please omit halftone patterns from camera-ready copies of your art. These are difficult to scan into the computer. You should simply outline the shaded areas so dot patterns can be added later.

Revised 2/11/2011
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