Guide
Screen Printing

Please submit your design file according to the following guidelines. If your file does not fit these guidelines we may request for you to re-submit your design.

Margins (Design Size)

Please submit your design file according to the following guidelines. If your file does not fit these guidelines we may request for you to re-submit your design.

File Type

We highly recommend submitting your designs in one of the following formats.

􀀀 .ai (Illustrator 9.0 – CS5)
􀀀 .pdf (only for vector data created in Illustrator 9.0 – CS5)
􀀀 .psd (Photoshop CS5)

Files including bitmap images must be monochromatic (one color) and 300dpi or above.
Design data must be on a separate layer from the template outline. Each print colors must be on a separate layer, not flattened into one image.
JPG images inserted into Photoshop or Illustrator files may not be printable or may not print in as high quality as you expect.

Image Resolution (dpi)

Image resolution directly affects the printing quality of your order. DPI (Dots per Inch) refers to the number of printed dots making up each square inch of an image.
The minimum resolution for printing is generally 300 dpi, but most images online are only 72 dpi.
Products printed with screenshots or images downloaded from the internet are likely to turn out pixelated or blurry.

If you manually change the dpi of a downloaded image the image quality may change. (Downsizing an image with a larger dpi will not cause problems.)

Sample Image

Providing us with a sample image helps us in approving your data and ensuring you get a quality final product.
Follow the guidelines on the template for your design to create a sample image like below.

Color Choice

lease provide a PANTONE code for any specific color orders not part of our basic color set.
We suggest using the Color Picker in Adobe products (Illustrator, Photoshop) to find a color match for your design.

1. Select your color with the Color Picker tool.
2. Click the Color Library button on the right.
3. Make sure you selected PANTONE+ CMYK Coated.
4. Write down the code for the suggested color, or search for your preferred match.

You may also use the PANTONE Color Finder (https://www.pantone.com/color-finder) with the PANTONE Extended Gamut Coated setting.
Please contact us if you feel you cannot find a satisfactory color match through PANTONE.

Other Important Details

Letter Size/Line Width

If the space between lines/letters is too small the empty space may be filled in with ink, resulting in a blurred or lower quality image.

When printing inverse designs (designs using empty space as letters or main designs) or patterns the spacing and line thickness must be adjusted accordingly.

Printing Patterns / Inverse Designs

Individual lines and objects must be at least 0.5mm thick. Leave at least 0.6mm between lines and objects in inverse designs and patterns to ensure clear printing (0.7mm for cotton bags)
We are able to print detailed and intricate patterns as ordered, however if individual objects/lines or the empty space between objects/lines are too small it may be impossible to avoid bleeding.
Please ensure there is at least 0.6mm between each line or object. We will contact you asking for an adjusted design if there is not.

Cotton fabrics require larger spacing between objects and lines.
When ordering cotton bags please ensure there is at least 0.7mm between lines/objects.

Misaligned Printing

When printing more than one color alignment can vary between each print/product.

Our screen printing is done completely by hand. Each time we change colors the printing staff must manually line up the blocking stencil. This can result in up to a 2-3mm difference in alignment. If we believe your design might be severely affected by these differences, we may ask for you to adjust your design.

Preventing Misalignment Issues
The following design methods can help minimize the risk of misalignment when printing.

Misaligned Printing

Screen printing is essentially putting ink on an uneven and porous surface (fabric), so it does not stick like ink does to paper. Peeling, scratches, bubbling, and other small changes can occur during production and shipping, especially when the ink covers a large portion of the design area.

We may not be able to produce some designs depending on the ink coverage.