Artwork Guidelines

How to prepare your artwork for screen printing

There’s a plethora of formats and ways to get us your artwork. If you’re a pro designer, you’ll find yourself right at home. If you’re not, and you don’t know what the terms below mean, then you may need some guidance on the guidelines if you know what I’m sayin’. When in doubt, just ask!

Preferred Formats

We prefer files formatted as .ai, .pdf, .png, .tiff, or .psd. That said:

.ai: If you send us a vector file, please make sure you rasterize (or expand) all effects and create outlines of all text (or include all fonts).

.pdf: Make sure all fonts have been embedded on export. Please, no security password stuff, ok?

.psd: Please label all layers so they make sense to other humans. Rasterize any effects or adjustment layers. Make it easy for us to work with!

File Setup

Make your image the actual size you’ll want it printed or larger. For bitmap files, make them 300 dpi minimum.

It’s helpful if you can do your own color separations and add registration marks. If you’re not sure, it’s better to leave it alone. It’s actually more work for us to fix messed up color seps than to create them from your art.

How to Get it to Us

We don’t mind a large email here or there. If you have multiple files, it’s helpful if you zip them first. If your file size is larger than 10 MB, try using a free service called WeTransfer. It’s super easy. Just send it to sparky@sparkyfirepants.com.

Design Guidelines

You’re probably a rock star designer. Fist bump. However, consider the garment and method of printing your design before finalizing it. Your design could look amazing on your monitor, but screen printing it on a t-shirt can create challenges those lazy little pixels don’t have to deal with.

Remember, when in doubt… just ask!

Designers: We do not repurpose your art or use it in any way except for your print order. If you’re shy about sending us your vector source files, we totally get it (we’re designers ourselves), but it’s the best way to get the art on the shirts. We don’t claim any copyright to your art just because we printed some tees. Your art is safe with us!

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