This means that the printer can pick up the sheet of paper you've given them, take it over to the camera that makes plates for the press, take a picture of it, and print your material. If there are any steps between the counter and the camera, like adding a photograph, or moving a line of text, or separating colors, it isn't camera-ready.
The following file formats can be accepted for use.
1. CorelDraw - We can accept files in versions 5 and higher.
2. Adobe Illustrator - All versions.
3. Freehand - All versions up to 9.
4. Bitmaps - Most files with extensions .jpg, .tif, .gif, .psd, and .bmp can be viewed in Adobe Photoshop.
5. Photoshop - All versions.
6. Adobe Acrobat PDF - Can be used when created with the proper resolution (generally twice the dpi of the final output resolution).
When using a vector-based application such as Illustrator or Freehand, all fonts used in the design must be converted to curves / outlines.
This allows you to use fonts from any commercial font manufacturer. Your fonts do not travel with your file and will default when opened in
our system. To avoid delays and possible errors please convert all text to curves before sending files to us.
Provide a composite with color placement and be consistent with color placement within the file:
Please send 1 composite color file. Do not send separations or artwork on multiple pages. Be sure your colors are consistent. Use the
same color for all areas that will be printed in one ink color. For example, if some areas are to be printed in gray ink, make all those areas
the same color in your file. Also, please include any notes concerning color placement. (Ex. Black = Navy, White = Gold.) In your files, you
can make areas to print white, in white, and just change your page color so you can see where the white is.
We use Spot Pantone Colors in our files and you can download our palette for use in your files, from our website.
Nodes (or Vetor points) per piece of artwork should not exceed 500:
The nodes per individual piece of artwork should not exceed 500. If you have a long line of text or multiple lines of text that exceed the
limit when converted to curves, you will need to break the text up into smaller segments.
Lines and Outlines need to be at least .012" thick without a fill and .024" thick for objects or text with a fill:
a. All artwork must be at least .012" thick to print, this includes text. For objects or text that have outlines without a fill, .012" thick is
the minimum. For objects or text that have outlines with a fill, .024" thick is the minimum. However, for a more appealing
design, we suggest thicker, bolder outlines when creating multi-color images in which the fill of an object is one color and the
outline is another color. This pertains to text as well. The following measurements are suggestions for thicker outlines:
Color halftone fades in which one color fades into another color, will not be considered camera-ready but can be done. We will
need to adjust these as needed to print. You can set up the fade in the file so we can see what it should look like but we will
need to adjust them as needed. An example of this would be a shape that fades from red into yellow. Your shapes that fade
should be one piece of artwork so we can just fill it as needed. Again these should not be broken into smaller shapes and
filled with the different percentages of your fade.
NOTE: Complimentary colors create a "muddy" brown color when they are faded into each other.
Check all files and disks for viruses. We will not accept any corrupt files or files that contain viruses.
Support your file with a printed copy of your artwork.
This will be used to ensure that the transmitted file is exactly what you were trying to transmit. Include a printout with any mailed disks or
CDs as well. If you are faxing a copy of your artwork, it will appear in black and white on the fax. Therefore, you should include color
placement notes on the fax as well. Please see the following section, "Sending Your Artwork" for more specifications on information to
include on your faxed or printed copies of artwork.
Sending Your Artwork Online at www.tshirtz.com
For fastest service, files can be submitted by uploading your file to our anonymous ftp site area. However we can also accept files on disk.
Uploading your file through our website by calling us for the ftp address, user id, and password.
We accept PC and Mac standard floppies, 100mb zip disks, and recorded CDs.
Check all files and disks for viruses
We will not accept any files or disks that contain viruses.
Make sure all disks are packaged well so that they are not damaged en route to us.