Screen Print Design Guideline
Screen Printing pricing is based on the number of colors being used per design and the number of placements. One color is applied at a time, per placement. Each color will require its own stenciled mesh screen, which will require an individual set-up fee.
Screen printing is ideal for designs with 1-5 colors with solid colors and clear color separation.
We offer a selection of colors and can Pantone Match to your brand colors.
For Best Results
Vector Artwork (.AI, .EPS) or a high resolution .PSD, .SVG, and .PDF, with layers and transparent backgrounds
Resolution of 300 dpi or higher
Low resolution designs may have to be vectorized by a graphic design artist
Artwork that is too small may not be possible to print
The vectored lines used in your design must be at least 1 pt or .013 inches for the design to be visible and printed properly without any ink bleeds
The below are typical dimensions used for reference. Dimensions may vary dependent on the surface or garment.
Standard Adult (11 x 11”)
Adult Max (11.25 x 14”)
Youth Medium/Large (10.5 x 10.5”)
Youth Small (8.5 x 8.5”)
Toddler (5.5 x 5.5”)
Standard Left or Right Chest (4.5 x 4.5”)
Max Left or Right Chest (5 x 5”)
Pocket (3.5 x 3.5”)
Standard Cap (4.75 x 2.75”)
Max Cap (5 x 3”)
Leg (2.5 x 14”)
Standard Sleeve (2 x 11.5”)
Max Sleeve (2.5 x 14”)
For best results, we recommend printing on Cotton, Polyester or Cotton/Poly Blend fabrics.
Other materials such as Spandex and Nylon may not absorb the ink properly and may crack when stretched. It may also shrink when dried after screen printing.
Use of Low Resolution Artwork
If a low resolution artwork file is used to screen print, the image will come out messy or pixelated instead of sharp and clean. Avoid this by making sure the image is vectorized or is 300 dpi.
Print on Seams, Collars, or Zippers
A flat surface is needed to get the best quality print when screen printing. Printing on seams, collars, or zippers provide an inconsistent surface and will leave gaps in the print and cause imperfections.
For the best result, use high resolution vector artwork with 1-5 Pantone matched colors.
If this is unavailable, there are steps that can be taken to make your artwork file work.
Vectorization is the process of converting a raster image to a vector image. The image can be hand-traced or auto-traced by a computer program.
Raster images are made up of pixels - a single point or the smallest single element in a display device.
Created with pixel based programs or captured with a camera or scanner and are typically appear on computer screens
When zoomed in, little squares will appear
Is made up of a specific amount of pixels. When enlarged without changing the number of pixels, the image will appear pixelated or blurry
Common Uses: Photography
Common File Types: .PSD, .EPS, .JPG, .GIF, .PNG., .TIF, .BMP and .PDF that originated from raster programs
Common Programs: Photoshop, Paint
Vector images are mathematical calculations from one point to another that form lines and shapes.
Created with vector program and are common for images that will be applied onto a physical surface
When zoomed in, the image will appear the same
When enlarged, the mathematical formulas stay the same, the image will stay the same regardless of size
It is scalable to any size and will not lose quality
Can be printed at any size or resolution
Common Uses: Logos, illustrations, technical drawers, specialty signs, printing, engraving and etching
Common File Types: .AI, .SVG, .EPS, .PDF that originated from vector programs
Common Programs: Adobe Illustrator