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Artwork for Screen Printing - a graphic designer's guide

Creating high quality artwork is essential for getting a great quality print and if you're a graphic designer or creative already familiar with the inner workings of Photoshop and Illustrator... then here's a quick run down of what we need: (not a professional designer? No problem - check out our blog post here)

  1. Resolution All artwork for screen printing needs to be created at 300dpi.

  2. Sizing your artwork Regardless of what size you'd like the finished print, we prefer all artwork to be A3 size (or vector based), and we will re-size it to your print size during the screen making process.

  3. Sizing your print size Our maximum print size is 37cm x 50cm, however the best way to check how big you want a print is to measure up a print on a t-shirt/garment you already own and like the size of. When designing prints for clothing, remember - that people are 3D, not 2D, so printing right up to the seams of a t-shirt will result in the print wrapping around the size of the body and not looking that great. If you're not sure what size you want it we're to help - size it to A3, and we will suggest a suitable print size based on what we usually do.

  4. Colour separations For designs with more than one colour, please save each colour onto a separate layer. We can print up to 6 colours per design.

  5. Fading and shading Screen printing inks are totally opaque, so if you want fading or shading in your design you need to represent this as half tone, we can print down to approximately 1mm so please make sure the dots are no smaller than this.

  6. Files - we like psd, eps, ai or pdf, and we can also work with png and jpegs.

Once we have your artwork, we'll mock it up on the garments and accessories and email it back over to you so you can see what it looks like before going to print.

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