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4 Best File Types to Submit For Perfect Custom T-Shirts

04/22/2019 by RushOrderTees.com

We can work with a variety of file types when it comes to graphics and artwork. We’ve seen it all; we even still get a fax or snail mail design once and awhile. We try to make it as easy as possible for you to create the perfect custom t-shirt for your next event, but there are a few ways that will make the process quicker and more efficient. It all starts with submitting the best file type to work with screen printing.


PDF files are great and provide our Art Assistance team with a quality image that is also editable. One of the drawbacks of certain graphic files is that you can’t change it or edit text so if you find a misspelling or want to change something, it could take a little more time. PDF’s hold formatting, so no matter where an artist opens it, they still have the ability to enhance or adjust the artwork during the design process. It is also one of the most universal and easiest file types to create. When creating a PDF for your custom tees remember to export it at a high “print” quality. If you export the design for “web” it will scale down the design.


These are two industry standard design files. They provide formatting and give the designers a clear idea of the graphic. When dealing with these two file types, you need to remember to submit file with proper resolution. To give you a better idea, we export designs for screen printing at 3500 pixels. Anything less than 500 pixels will not transfer well because the pixels will stretch too much.

One major issue with these files is that we can’t adjust the text. So if we find a spelling error in the proofing process you’ll have to resubmit the design or we’ll have to recreate it. To avoid this we recommend using our fonts paired with your graphic so we can adjust any text issues.


Vector Files

Vector files are also popular and efficient files to use. These are great because the graphic is built with mathematically created curves and lines that translate well into screen printing designs. The most common vector file types are EPS, SVG, AI, and PDF files.  When using Adobe Illustrator (AI) files you need to remember to send us all the linked files and fonts associated with the design because we won’t be able to recreate or edit them.

Never MS Word

There’s always one troublemaker in the group. While MS Word is the most common program, it is not ideal for the screen printing process. We’ve encounter many problems when customers submit Word documents. For one, Word does not hold format from version to version so when we open the file it could look different from when you sent it.

There is also the issue of different versions and different computers will have different fonts. There are just too many variables that waste time, and after all we are Rush Order Tees. If you don’t have design software, you can still create your layout in Word, but then save it as a PDF and submit that. As we’ve mentioned PDF’s work well and hold your design’s format well.


If you have any questions about file types or designs, give our Project Specialists a call, they will work with the Art Assistance team to ensure the quality of your design.



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