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File Types For Custom T-Shirts, Embroidery and Digital Printing

By Kevin Kelly - President / Ceo

There are many file types that our art department uses to create custom t-shirts, polo shirts, hats and more. To understand if you have the right file type for us to create the very best custom clothing for you as our customer, you need to know what we need to do our job.

There are two distinct types of files, vector based and pixel based files. Vector based files such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw are the most versatile files a customer can have. These files are scalable and provide great color separations for printing. Vector based files will have the extensions .ai, .cdr or .eps. These files are only vector based if they are created in a vector program. Vector based files may be converted into pixel based files for the purpose of printing digitally or for full color screen printing with no loss of fidelity. Pixel based files such as Photoshop, .gif, .jpeg, .tiff, or PNG are only applicable to four color process printing (full color), or for use as embroidery templates. Pixel based files have limited scalability. Customers often make the mistake of assuming that “placing” a pixel based file in a vector program will provide us with a vector image. A pixel based image can never be converted into a vector file by "placing" it in a vector application – it is physically impossible.

Following the simple table below will be useful in determining if you have what we need to create cheap custom t-shirts, hats, custom sweatshirts. We do have a full service art department at our factory that can lend assistance in all situations.

We can guide our customers to the most effective solution based upon thier need.
12/13/09


FILE TYPE SCREEN PRRINT DIGITAL EMBROIDERY
ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR YES YES YES
COREL DRAW YES YES YES
PHOTOSHOP YES / NO* YES YES
.JPEG NO YES YES
.GIF NO YES YES
.TIFF YES / NO** YES YES
.PNG NO YES YES

*All Photoshop files must be meet our guidelines for use in screen printing applications. Please call Customer Service
**All TIF files must be meet our guidelines for use in screen printing applications. Please call Customer Service

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