How to prepare your artwork/files

The following is a review of our specific art requirements as well as a few general tips and tricks. Create and save your design in a supported file format. Please make sure your artwork has been created at a resolution of 300dpi or higher and at the proper sizing you’d wish for it to be printed in.

New Market Creative accepts vector artwork saved in the following file formats:

Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
Editable EPS (.eps)
Acrobat PDF (.pdf)

We will accept non-vector artwork saved as an Adobe PhotoShop file (.psd) or an image file (.jpg or .png) for recreation. Be certain to contact us before you create your final design so you can save it properly.

If at all possible, use vector artwork
Vector art is composed of paths, lines, curves, and shapes. These elements are controlled through points with definite locations on the x – and y – axes of the work plane. This process allows you to increase or decrease the size of the graphic without distortion. Vector artwork that is saved correctly is easily transformed into an acceptable screen printed graphic. If you do not use vector art, our graphic designers will have to completely recreate your design for print.

Choose high-resolution photos. Remember to include any links.
Photographs are not composed of vectors. If photos are not high-resolution they will become blurry and unusable when they are enlarged. Use photos that have a resolution of at least 300 dpi. If your design includes linked photos, be certain to include the photos or embed them when you submit your design.

Convert all fonts to outlines or paths.
If you are including a font in your design, it is crucial to convert them to paths or outlines. If you do not do so and we not have the font you selected, we will not be able to use that font. When you convert fonts to outlines or paths, you are assured that your font shape will be preserved.

Want to save money? Use fewer colors
In order to transform your design into a screen-printed garment, each color requires its own film positive and its own screen. Those cost time and money. To reduce your overall cost, use fewer colors to limit the total number of screens.

Have questions? Don’t be afraid to ask.
We will be happy to explain both the process and why certain file formats are necessary. To make it even easier, our talented graphic designers will be happy to create a custom design just for you at our hourly rate.