Artwork Requirements

For the Novice Artist
For the Experienced Artist
Maximum Outside Dimensions for Designs
Proofing Artwork
Submitting Artwork Files

Perkowski Screenprint and Embroidery will work from scribbles on napkins to 10 foot wide impasto paintings. Art charges can be avoided by supplying "Camera Ready" art or digital art. (see: "Camera Ready" below)

Tshirt printing is very different than any offset or web printing. The range of colors that are reproducible is greatly limited. Even when printing with traditional line screens and halftones the grain of the garment fabric and mesh of the printing screen make it difficult to reproduce photo-quality artwork. Designing for garment printing is best when it is planned for in the earliest stages of any design. For hints on making the best garment design with the least frustration and investment, continue reading.

For the Novice Artist: (top)
If you are creating a new piece of art for garment printing remember that the garment will most likely be colored. If you work on white background, the white color in the image will have to be printed as white on the colored garment.

Begin your design on a background approximately the color of the garment you will print. This is particularly true of Black garments. If no background is available, then fill your color choice in around the artwork to get the visual effect of your work on a colored shirt.
If you are working in pencil remember, pencil lead is gray and produces hundreds of shades. The printed image will look harsh when compared to the drawing if it is printed in one color.

Limit the colors in your artwork to the colors of ink you want on the garment.When creating artwork in any medium, limit your colors to a few for the best Tshirt print.

For the Experienced Artist: (top)
We accept digital artwork, in most formats, at 190-300 dpi, 100% printing size:

• We prefer Macromedia FreeHand®, Adobe Photoshop® or Adobe Illustrator® native file formats.
Other acceptable formats are:
• JPEG or TIFF. JPEG is discouraged but accepted. (Do not sacrifice the quality of your image by decreasing the JPEG compression. The recommended compression is at 10 or the 'High Quality' level.
• Macintosh EPS. We do not accept Corel Draw® files. Save Corel Draw® images in Generic EPS Format.
Formats not accepted are:
•Microsoft Word® or Power Point®.
*Theses files are office applications not graphic applications and are not graphics compatible.

Pantone Matching System (PMS) colors are best when communicating color choices.

In FreeHand®, Illustrator® or vector based artwork:
• Turn all fonts to Outline or paths.
• Use Custom Spot colors when designing.
• CMYK or RGB is fine for complex color separated work.
• If blends are used within the design they should run from 5% minimum color to 80% maximum color for an attractive, even blend.

In Photoshop® or pixel based artwork:
• Leave the artwork in Photoshop format.
• Keep Layers (do not merge). This allows refining difficult color transitions for a better end product.
• 200 dpi files are the maximum necessary though we can work with higher resolutions.
We prefer to work in "Stochastic Halftones". These are produced in Adobe PhotoShop® and give a more saturated, predictable final image with higher detail control. We can, however, print a 65 line Elliptical Dot Halftone if requested

A common problem in designing for Garment printing is choosing both light and dark colored garments in the same order. If the design is made for light ink on dark garments and the artwork is subjective, like persons face, the dark of the garment will be used as the dark tones. If there are light garments included in the order, and the ink color (persons face) is changed to Black ink, the persons face will become a negative. An additional color of ink is needed to make up the dark tones while keeping the original light color ink for the face
Maximum Outside Dimensions of Artwork (top)
Remember that the smallest garment in an order determines the size of the artwork. Example: A child's small tshirt imprint size is 9 inches across by 9 inches tall. That same image will look VERY small on an Adult's 6XL! To resize the print it is necessary to create an additional set of screens and can be costly.

Dimensions of print area:
• Adult Full Sized Image - Front or Back - 15 inches X 16 inches
• On Pocket - 3 inches wide X 3 1/2 inches tall
• Child Full Size Image - 9 inches X 9 1/2 inches tall
• Hooded Sweatshirt with Front Pocket - 12 inches wide X 9 inches tall
• Arm or Leg - 3 1/2 inches wide X 14 inches tall

Proofing Artwork (top)
We can supply your artwork to be proofed in an Email, Full size color print (virtually identical to the final Garment print) or, if the final image is critical, a press proof can be arranged. One of the above proof types is needed before production can begin!

Submitting Artwork Files (top)
Artwork files can be sent in Mac or PC format (we prefer Mac) on CD, DVD, Zip Disk or Email.

"Camera Ready" art is now a misnomer since supplied "Camera Ready" art will be scanned into computer rather than shot with a stat camera. "Camera Ready" art is clean and on uncreased white paper or card. Lined paper is not considered "camera ready" art. There is no clean-up done on any artwork without art charges. Our scanner is 12 inches by 17 inches and can handle Transparencies as well as slides of any size.*

* Scans of Transparencies and Slides are to be printed in multi-color so scanning is included in the Color Separation change.