We want your artwork to look great on your garment - just the way you intended. Whether you're ordering a tshirt, sweatshirt, or any other garment, most of the following rules apply.
Most of our customers prepare their own artwork and supply us with "process-ready" art. However, our art department can do everything from simple art touch-up and film output to complete design creation and implementation. Find out more about our art department.
We've prepared a list of FAQs for you based on your needs:
Our art department is equipped with the best computers, printers, film processors and plain raw talent. We can do everything from simple art touch-up and film output, to complete design creation and implementation.
Our art department uses both Mac and PC computers and supports the latest versions of the most popular graphics programs. We have a traditional graphic arts camera as well as high-end laser printers and image setters, allowing us to output directly to film from any traditional or electronic art you provide.
If you provide us with "process-ready" art, there will be no art charges associated with the production of your order. However, if your art is not provided process-ready, we will probably need to do art preparation for you.
We can also take an unfinished design or idea and transform it into a professional-quality graphic for any T-shirt, hat, promotional item, etc.
Quick Draw!s full-service art department can help you be as creative and/or professional as you want. Just give us a call or come in to talk about your needs and ideas, and we'll work with you to create a custom design.
Call 310-477-6770 and ask for Jennifer.
If you or your chosen graphic artist will supply art directly to us, there are a few steps you should follow to ensure the best printing:
Process-ready means that the art can be printed to a screen without any additional preparation. For most of our clients, this means computer-generated artwork in an appropriate file format, at the correct size and resolution. Some clients will want to supply us with camera-ready artwork, which we will also accept as process-ready.
You may provide us with artwork that is not process-ready, and we will happily prepare it for screen printing. This may be appropriate if you are not proficient with the appropriate software, or if you choose to do the design using physical media such as paint or paper. However, there will be a charge for this final preparation. Contact the Art Department to find out more.
COLOR OR PROCESS COLOR
Process color mixes four colors of ink to create many colors, and is best only for designs that are meant to look photographic. Process color art is best when created in a raster-based program like Adobe Photoshop, although good results can also be obtained in a program like Corel Paint.
SOFTWARE AND FILE FORMATS
First, decide if your design will be spot-color or process-color printed. (See info above) Then choose one of the following programs (Mac and PC are both acceptable):
Warnings about software:
Please don't create your art in a word processing program! Such a design usually winds up having to be recreated almost from scratch in the correct program.
It is unfortunate when someone spends a lot of time and effort creating a design, only to find out after its finished that the design can not be used because it was created in the wrong program. Many people have done this because they dont have access to a good graphics program, and this gets them into trouble. A program like Microsoft Word comes with a good selection of clip art, and allows you to create graphics, shapes and text effects in many colors, but it is difficult (and often times impossible) to print color separations from word processing programs so you wind up with a design that looks great on your monitor, or prints out nicely on your ink jet printer, but is unusable as art for screenprinting.
while being a powerful and versatile program, can also cause problems.
For example, many people create designs in Photoshop that look great
on the monitor (cool 3-D effects and color blends), but it is often
difficult to screenprint these kinds of images in simple spot colors.
So, an economical 2 or 3 spot color image then must be printed as 4-color
process (which significantly increases the cost at quantities below
1,200), OR we wind up having to recreate the design in a simpler form
(usually in Adobe Illustrator), which adds art costs. Photoshop also
can cause problems with text or small logos. Since Photoshop builds
images using pixels, text or logos that look good on your screen may
not print correctly.
Also, please don't change the format of your design just to make it easier to email.
Colors on one monitor will look different than they will on another. More importantly, there is no guarantee that a color will look the same on your monitor and in a screen print. There are steps you can take to make this easier.
First, create your artwork in CMYK mode. The normal color mode for computers, RGB, uses some extreme colors that are impossible to print.
Second, when assigning colors to your art, please use Pantone colors, and refer to a Pantone Color Book to verify accuracy. Since computer monitors and color printers are often inaccurate, the only way to ensure that your colors are reproduced accurately is by referring to Pantone colors.
Many people become confused about file sizing and resolution. This is only critical if you decide to use process color. For commercial printing, you want a lot of technical data: images should be 300 ppi, uncompressed, in CMYK color. Your files will be large, don't worry.
Creating art for printing is not the same as creating art for use on computer screens! If you've created images for the Web, you've wanted your images as small as possible for quick downloading: 72 ppi, compressed, in RGB or indexed color. Often, these files are under a 100k. If you use one of these tiny Web images in your printed work, images will be very pixellated or jaggy, and the color quality will be poor. Using Web images in print will look very disappointing.
How to send us
Our address is:
If you like, you can email us your artwork. Please call first so we know to expect a large file. Send to firstname.lastname@example.org Remember, please don't change the format of your design just to make it easier to email!
US A PROOF!
This step is very important, as it allows us to confirm that the file we have truly matches your intent after we've put it into our system.
Following these instructions should ensure trouble-free processing of your artwork in our art department, but due to the nature of computers and file transfers, it may still be necessary for us to spend some art time making your artwork ready for screenprinting. In such a case, art charges may apply but you will be informed of this before work is begun.
We hope this section provides you with all the information you need. If you have any questions, feel free to call our Art Department. Call 310-477-6770 and ask for Jennifer. Or, click here to find out other ways to contact us.