Our customers send us all types of logos and artwork to use on their custom designs. Unfortunately not all file formats are acceptable for digital printing. Most logos that are pulled off websites or business cards etc are of a very low resolution meaning that they will not appear sharp and clear when printed.
For the best results on your custom orders we prefer your artwork to be in the following file formats:
Adobe Illustrator – AI files
Encapsulated Post Script – .eps files
High resolution – over 300 dpi – .pdf files
These files are referred to as Vector format files. This means that they can be resized without loss of resolution on the file insuring your artwork will look sharp and clear on your custom clothing. To prevent any scaling issues. Make sure you expand appearance and expand strokes.
Vector art is created in a vector-based software program like Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. It is based on points and lines created from mathematical equations and can be easily edited or scaled with the click of a mouse. Vector artwork is typically found in files that end in .EPS or .AI. For example: mylogo.eps or mylogo.ai.
The picture below shows the difference between a vector logo (PDF, EPS, AI, SVG) and a bitmap logo (.JPEG, .JPG, .GIF, etc.). When the vector logo is enlarged, it stays crisp and clean. When the bitmap logo is enlarged, it becomes distorted. If you send us a .JPG logo and we enlarge it to fit on your uniform, it will become distorted.
If the file you have ends in .JPG, .GIF .or BMP, it is definitely NOT vector artwork. If the file ends in .AI, .EPS or .PDF, it’s most likely vector. If you’re not sure if your logo is vector, email us your logo and we can help you out.
Contact your graphic designer and ask them to email you your logo in vector format. Most likely they have one on file, as vector logos are needed for all printing needs like business cards, brochures, etc. If you absolutely can’t get vector logos let us know, we may be able to convert them for you.
Website images are designed to load up quickly, which means they are low resolution and may not be suitable for printing.