artwork requirements for screen printing

Please read these order guidelines carefully to learn about our minimums, company policies, payments, etc. We have specific artwork requirements for screen printing to have the best results. If you have an specific question please call us or send us an e-mail.

Acceptable File Types

  • Adobe Illustrator (.ai)
  • Adobe Photoshop (.psd)
  • Vector (.eps)
  • Portable Document Format (.pdf)
  • Tagged Image File Format (.tiff)

We require all files to be in Adobe Illustrator or Adobe Photoshop. Adobe Photoshop files must be at least 300 dpi and must contain the layers. If done in illustrator make sure text is converted to outlines. We will NOT proceed with the order if artwork is of poor quality.

File Preparation: How to prep a Photoshop file.

Step:1 Open PhotoshopStep:2 Create a new file Shortcut ( N)

Follow instructions on the image below.


Step:3 After step 2. This window will appare follow the instructions on the image below. The size doesn’t always have to be 8.5” x 11” it could be bigger than that. The resolution always has to be 300dpi for a better quality file.

How to Layer your File

While working in photoshop always work with Layers. This keeps the file organize and you have the flexibility to go back and change or re-touch any elements. Creating layers is super easy. On the right hand of the Layer bar you will see an icon that looks like a folded piece of paper > click there and this will automatically create a new Layer for you. (see image below.)
*Remember file needs to be at 300dpi to be a printable file.

This is how the final process will look. Separeting every element is a good way to keep your file organized and friendly. This is called MASTER file. (see image below.)
NOTE: Do not merge or flatten your file.



What is Resolution? Is the fineness detail in an image and is measured in pixels per inch (ppi) or dots per inch (dpi) The more pixels per inch, the greater the Resolution. Pixel dimensions measure = number of pixels along an image’s width and height. For screen printing 300 dpi is the standard resolution for a good quality print. See the following pictures for example on how Resolution works.


This image was created at 72 dpi Zoom 200%

Do NOT do create your artwork with a 72 resolution for printing.

This image was created at 72 dpi and the file was increase to 300 dpi Zoom 200%

Do NOT do this because it will not resolve the problem

This image was created at 300 dpi Zoom 200%

This image was created from the start at 300 dpi. This will result in perfect resolution.

Graphic Sizing

We prefer files to be already sized, to expedite the process. However if you are unsure of how to do this leave it up to us. We size your graphic to fit the smallest t-shirt in your order. We use the same size graphic for all t-shirts unless different size graphic(s) is requested (minimums apply). (Having multiple sizes for one graphic will be an additional cost.)


Art Approval

WE DO NOT OFFER PRESS CHECKS. Art approvals will be sent via e-mail within a reasonable time after order has been placed. The digital mock-up must be approved or acknowledged with a response within 24 hours. If you do not approve the mock up within 24 hours your order may be delayed. After approvals are signed or consented via e-mail there will be no changes. *Note: Deluxe is not responsible for hindrance on production due to delayed approval of the digital mock- up. Please be sure to check your mock-up for artwork accuracy such as: color, dimensions, spelling and product information.


Ink Colors

Changes are limited to the following: Adding additional pieces to the order, changing graphic color. Additional fees and extra production time may be applied (subject to minimums). No changes are allowed once a payment is taken. Anything added to the order after the order has been placed will be considered a new order, additional fees may apply.