Recommended File Types:
• JPEG Image (*.jpg,*.jpeg
) 150 dpi minimum (300 dpi is best for large prints) (Best Solution for Rip/Print Ready Art)
• Adobe Illustrator CS7 or newer (*.eps
- Do not use overprint or overfill in you artwork it may not print correctly.
- If you use Pantone color then files must be saved as an EPS file.
(if using Pantone colors you must purchase a color chart FROM US before printing to insure your colors are correct)
- ALL FILES MUST BE PRINT READY ART!
We do not change or modify your art for printing.
- If you require artwork modification or changes you must describe that to your sales person in writing.
In order to stream line the order/printing process, all artwork (not requiring PMS Colors) Print Ready is an Art File Jpg at least 150dpi and scaled to size. Simply export/save your art as a JPG (150dpi or higher) or saved as a EPS file using the S&K MFG template. Templates are located at http://www.skprint.com/templates
Dye Sub Transfers
Your art for a Dye Sub Transfers must be a 16"x22" rectangle (do not use the art board, it must be a rectangle object) with a 1" border at the top and bottom with no art in that area. Which will leave you a 16"x20" print area for your artwork. Then Export/Save your artwork as a 150dpi (or greater) jpg file. The Dye Sub Transfer paper you will received will be 18"x22". ( Do Not Mirror your Art )
Full Dye Sub Shirts
Your art work must be created from an S&K Print Template
for the particular shirt style you are wanting.
Make sure your art is located in the correct layer and the mask layer is turned on before saving the file. Either Export/Save your artwork as a 150dpi (or greater) jpg file or as an EPS file. And submit your order online at www.skmfg.com (Do Not Mirror your Art)
Same process for every other product we produce, use the S&K Mfg Templates
Thank you for insuring your order prints with the fastest possible turnaround time.
Let us know if you still have questions.
* How to check the dpi of the jpg. Right click on the Jpg file, then left click properties, then left click on Details tab, look at horizontal and vertical resolution it will tell you what the Pixel size is and also what the DPI is and plug those numbers in the formula below.
Using these pixel dimensions, you can now calculate the maximum reproduction size of the file:
Example 5400 x 9000 pixels divided by the dpi
Supported File Types:
• Adobe Illustrator EPS Files (*.eps)
• JPEG File Format (*.JPG | *.JPEG) - Saved as NON-Progressive
• Adobe Photoshop CS7 or higher Image (*.psd)
NON-Supported File Types:
• Adobe Illustrator CS7 or below Artwork (*.ai)
• CorelDRAW X7 or below Document (*.cdr,*.clk)
• Adobe Acrobat Pro Document (*.pdf)
• TIFF Image (*.tif,*.tiff)
→ Images designed for the web are NOT suitable for printing! ←
** Fonts/Artwork must be outlined/embedded before the artwork is submitted (Linked Files WILL NOT WORK)
- All Fonts must be supplied if not outlined to insure text will not shift or default to another font. (Rasterize the Fonts when using Photoshop).
In order for S&K to offer low pricing to its customers we require that our customers artwork have minimum requirements for printing. These requirements help to ensure that the finished product will be of the highest standards and will reduce artwork modifications by our art staff. Please review the artwork minimums below and if you agree that your artwork meets these minimums then select that option below. If your artwork does not meet these minimims, your artwork may need to be modified by our art staff for an additional minimal charge of $60/hr.
- Bleed size is 1/8 to 1/4 of an inch outside of the final Print size. Applies to Decals/Stickers/Corrugated sign art.
Color Mode = CMYK
- Please submit your files as 4 color CMYK. Full color printing process requires artwork to be saved in four-color process as CMYK (cyan, magenta, yellow and black) color mode.
Neon Color mode
= We have two types of Neon Dye Sublimation.
: Named Neon Colors and Pantone colors on same print contact us for color chart and swatches for illustrator
· With NeonPrint1, using .eps file format, you can name what colors in your design will be neon yellow or regular yellow. Same applies to Neon Magenta or regular magenta. You must use SK neon swatch when creating your neon designs.
: Cyan, Neon Magenta, Neon Yellow , and Black.
· With NeonPrint2 - all yellow and magenta color in you file will be replaced by Neon Yellow and Neon Magenta.
· Example Jpg files (flat files) must be printed with NeonPrint2
Since there are literally thousands of fonts available on both Mac's and PC's, it becomes a problem to be sure that everyone has access to the same fonts and can display your images properly. When digital art is supplied with missing fonts, we cannot process your job in production. The answer to this problem is to either embed your fonts, or convert them to outlines. Outlining fonts will allow us to insure text will not shift or default to another font.
How Many DPI Should My Image Be Saved At?
• The higher the DPI (dots-per-inch), the greater the resolution providing a much clearer image. However, higher resolution images create a much larger file size which creates a much longer upload speed.
• Image resolution is directly related to an image's physical size. Higher resolutions allow the image to be enlarged without disrupting overall clarity. Lower resolutions do not allow for images to be enlarged as the image will become pixelated.
• For printed images, the ideal resolution is 300dpi (dots-per-inch). For printed images containing text, the ideal resolution is 400dpi.
What Is A Vector Image?
• Vector images are composed of individual objects and include lines, shapes and other different attributes such as color.
• Vector images are resolution independent - scaling images does not affect the quality of the artwork.
• Vector images are normally much smaller in file size than other file types such as .JPG, .JPEG, .PDF, etc.
• Vector images are NOT suitable for photo-realistic reproductions.
• Fonts are vector objects and must be outlined or embedded before artwork is submitted.
More Helpful Tips:
• Most computer monitors do not accurately represent true resolution. To see if your image is print ready, zoom in 300%-400%. If the image is still clearly visible and your edges are clean, then your image is ready to be printed. If your image becomes very blurry and pixelated, the image you are choosing might not be print ready and therefore will cause a blurry print.
• When taking pictures from a digital camera for your print project, it is best to set your camera to the highest resolution setting.
• Four-Color Process Printing uses the CMYK color mode. Most digital cameras and scanners will take RGB pictures
• Saving files in lossless file format such as .TIF and .EPS will help maintain accuracy and color quality.
• Bitmap images should not be used when submitting files for printing. Bitmap images (.BMP) are rasterized images and are normally saved in a lower file size. Therefore, files can be scaled without proper aspect ratio's and in the ending result be distorted or have color defects.
• If you wish to print 'Pure Black' you will need to set your 'black' color to: 50% Cyan, 50% Magenta, 50% Yellow and 100% Black.