Screen Print Preflight Check List
Screen printing is ideal for complex logos, critical ink match, large orders. Most every image can be
screen printed if the art is supplied in the correct format.
Once we have determined that your artwork is useable for this process and have received a complete
purchase order from you, we will enter the order into our system. At this time a ship date will be
assigned to you, which will be approximately 3-4 weeks from the date the order is entered. Within
1-2 days you will receive a layout via fax. Please proof this layout well, and fax it back to us within
24 hours to keep your assigned ship date. Once you sign the layout and fax it to us your order is in
production. We will not begin your order until the layout is approved.
Information on Screen Printing
- Certain ink colors on dark fabrics are not advised for screen printing. Fax logo/colors for recommendations.
- Gradation and dot patterns will be printed at 15 line screen.
- Please specify a PMS number to match ink. If you do not have a PMS book, we can match ink to a brochure, business card, etc. We can not use CMYK mixes or this process.
Art required for screen printing
Images must be production ready. This means that we do not have to make any changes or additions, this includes even small changes such as, typesetting or putting files together. If changes need to be made the charge will be $75.00 per hour with a one hour minimum. So read the following carefully!
- We need native (created in) Macromedia FreeHand or Adobe Illustrator files. We work on a Macintosh platform. Please indicate the version number of FreeHand or Illustrator that you are sending. (Example: Illustrator 8.0) We can accept files from PC's but can not guarantee that they will convert correctly to our platform.
- If you do not have FreeHand or Illustrator, save or export your file as an .ai or .eps file and we will determine if we can use it. We do not accept files from the following software programs: QuarkXPress, CorelDraw, or any MicroSoft office program (Word, Excel, Power Point).
- Images can be placed or imported (not embedded) into your FreeHand or Illustrator file, But, make sure that they are only one color and not a "photo". We can only reproduce line art and gradations from these types of files. Remember that the original file that was placed or imported needs to be included along with the FreeHand or Illustrator file.
- Turn text to outlines.
- In FreeHand the command is Text > Convert to Paths.
- In Illustrator the command is Type > Create Outlines.
- If the image is to be more than one color, make sure that colors are indicated and able to be separated. See number 3 under Information above on color matching.
Images that we need to scan:
- Realize that your final image is only going to be as good as the original art provided to us. If your artwork has rough edges at the minimum of 6" long, just imagine how bad those edges will look when artwork is enlarged to 42" wide! Even very clean images will lose a little clarity when they are enlarged. It is your responsibility to provide us with the sharpest, cleanest art that you can find.
- 600 dpi minimum.
- Images need to be at least 6" long. Text needs to be at least 1/2" high.
- If you provide an image with a dot pattern or gradation, make sure that it is not too fine for a camera to pick up. The best test is that if you can see each dot individually without the use of a magnifying glass, then it is probably acceptable.
- If image is more than one color, they must be separated and registered.
How to send your artwork:
- Mail them to us on a 3.5" floppy, CD-Rom or Zip disk.
- E-mail them to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
- E-mail vector based files only. Do not e-mail Photoshop or other bitmapped files, a they are too large. Send these files via mail.
- You must include your name, the name of the person to whom you are sending the art (the same person that will receive your P.O.) and the type of file that you are sending. It is imperative that this information is included or your order will be delayed. We receive dozens of files per day so each file must be labeled.
- It is a good idea to compress your file before sending it. We have received files that have been damaged as they came to us, and compressing seems to help prevent this. So no matter the size, compress it if you can using "Stuff-It" or "Zip".
We have tried to explain what we need as clearly as possible, but not everyone will understand our lingo, so please don't hesitate to call us!