What Image File Types Can I Use For Custom Printing?
03/19/2019 by Imri Merritt aka M
Our perfectly customized apparel begins and ends with one thing: images.
We have a talented Art Department that can work with virtually any file type and repair any image imperfections. Our team may be on point, but sending them the right images off the bat can make your order get processed much faster.
You may not know this, but our design studio can accept nearly any file format you have. However, if you want to start your order off right, send us any of these six easy to work with file types.
JPG (also known as JPEG) stands for joint photographic experts group. Fun fact: this file type is named after the group that invented it! JPG files are an industry standard for designers. They can be opened by virtually any image editing software. A program as simple as Microsoft Paint or as complicated as Adobe Photoshop can open and edit JPG files.
TIFF (also known as .TIF) stands for tag image file format and is commonly used in desktop publishing, faxing, 3-D applications, and medical imaging applications. They work well in professional settings and can help you get the perfect print.
SVG stands for scalable vector graphics and is an XML based vector image format. Vector files are great because the graphic is built with mathematically created curves and lines that translate well into screen printing designs.
PNG stands for portable network graphics and was designed to easily transfer images on the internet. This file type is very versatile and can use transparent backgrounds.
EPS stands for encapsulated postscript and is designed to work with vector images in Adobe Illustrator. EPS files were designed with Adobe in mind, but they’re compatible with a variety of editing programs.
PDF stands for portable document format, and you’re probably used to seeing these files at work. PDFs are very easy to make. The files 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.
What size should my files be?
For bitmap based file types (.JPG, .TIFF, .PNG, etc.), upload the largest files you have. We scale up to the standard print resolution of 300 dpi, so that is ideal, but 200 dpi is good enough for most printing when the art is at full size (the size you’d expect it to be printed). By comparison, images you would grab off the internet would only be at 72 dpi. As far as pixel dimension goes, something around 3500 pixels is ideal.
Vector formats (EPS, SVG, PDF, etc.) aren’t as tricky since they scale to any size, so whatever you upload should work. Note that PDF and EPS formats are typically vector based, but can contain bitmaps which could effect resolution.
I don’t have any of those files! Can you still print my order?
If you don’t have a .JPG, .PNG, .TIFF, PDF, .SVG, or .EPS we still have you covered! You can upload a .DOC, . XLS, .PPT, or .PDS and our artists will work their magic.
All you have to do is size it to your liking, center it the best you can, choose your preferred ink colors, and check out online. Once you go through check out, we’ll handle the rest.