Art Requirements

Please review the following guidelines before submitting your logo or image. High-resolution files are required to ensure the best image quality on your custom products.

File Formats

Best File Formats: Usable Vector Files

  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai) files or .eps files with all fonts converted to outlines. Note: Changing the file name extension to .ai or .eps does not change the file type.
  • Vector PDFs

Acceptable File Formats: High-Resolution Raster Files

Raster files should be the same size or larger than the intended imprint area on your product. Images should be at least 1200 pixels in width or height, but some larger products may require a higher pixel count to achieve an optimal print.

  • .eps or .tiff format at 300dpi resolution
  • .jpg, .tiff, or .png files that are high resolution (300dpi or more)

How do vector and raster files differ?

Vector Images
Vector images

Vector images use X and Y coordinates to create shapes with points and lines, making it possible to zoom in or scale without sacrificing image quality.

The following file types are often, but not always, vector-based. Sometimes these file types are raster or a combination of vector and raster: .ai, .cdr, .eps, .pdf, .ps, .wmf

Raster Images
Raster images

Raster images are better known as bitmap images. Bitmap images are composed of a grid of individual pixels, each of which can be a different color or shade.

The following file types are always raster-based: .jpg, .gif, .png, .tiff, .bmp

Artwork/Decoration

What are the imprint (decoration) options?

Screenprint

Screenprint

Ink is pressed through a fine mesh screen onto the surface of a product.

Deboss

Deboss

Decoration method that creates a depression of the image on the material’s surface.

Emboss

Emboss

Reverse process of deboss, creating a raised impression of the image.

Embroidery

Embroidery

High velocity, computer-controlled sewing machines stitch designs into fabric.

Foil stamp

Foil Stamp

Controlled heat, pressure, and colored or metallic foil resin application.

Laser engraving

Laser Engraving

Lasers leave an engraving or mark on the surface of an item.

Heat transfer

Heat Transfer

A dry decorating method using heat and pressure to thermally bond the graphic onto the material’s surface.

Pad print

Pad Print

Using a silicone rubber transfer pad, a film of ink is picked up from a photo-etched printing plate and transferred to the material.

Digitizing

Digitizing

An image is scanned into a digital version — for example, to create a stitch pattern for embroidery.

Spot color printing

Spot Color Printing

Combining of selected spot colors to create other colors. Requires color separations prepared by experts.