How to prepare your files for Screen Printed Products?

Maximum imprint sizes for garments can very from brand to brand.
The following is for reference only but should work on most standard infant, youth and adult t -shirts.
Please verify final imprint sizes with an actual garment or allow for possible size changes prior to production.

imprint guide

 Full Front / Back  14” Wide x 14” Tall (Maximum imprint size)
 Left Chest  3.5” Wide x 3.5” Tall (Average imprint size)
 Sleeve / Leg  3.5” Wide x 14” Tall (Maximum imprint size)
 Infant 6-9 Mos  3.5 Wide Max  &  3.5 Tall Max
 Infant 9- 12 to 18-24 Mos  5” Wide Max  &  5” Tall Max
 Youth XS  9.5” - 11” Wide  &  10” - 11” Tall
 Youth S  12” - 13” Wide  &  11” - 12” Tall
 Youth M  14” Wide Average  & 14” Tall Average
 Youth L and Up  14” Wide Max & 14” Tall Max

Screen Printing art specification

Ideal file formats

Adobe Illustrator CS6 or earlier version - (Vector Based) Solid / Hard Edge / Simple Halftone Art All fonts outlined at 100% to size with PMS colors specked out in art file.
Adobe Photoshop CS6 or earlier version - (Pixel Based) Photographic Reproduction 100% to size or larger @ 300dpi or larger . Compressed files such as jpgs & gifs may have unwanted artifacts that may translate to press. So we do not r ecommend using any compressed file formats.
• Non Camera ready art such as Scans & Hand Drawings will be quot ed on an hourly basis.
PRINTPAPA prefers to produce our own Color Separations & Films. Unless re -worked by our in-house graphics department we can not guarantee print quality .
• Programs such as V iso, Power Point, Excell, W ord, Paint, etc. are not graphics programs. In most cases we will need to do art to make them usable, but on occasion they may be salvaged.

Garments to use

• Low quality garments will look washed out compared to 100% cotton Tee.
• The tighter the mesh the more detail can be held.
• This also makes a difference if halftones should be used. (ex: PK Polos = not half tone friendly)

(CMYK) 4 Color Process

As often as possible use one or two colors to make up your design ex: (C) (M) (Y) (CM) (MY) (YC)
• Tertiary colors made of (CMY) should only be used to create browns or color can become muddy.
• Black should be used for gray scale and the darkening of tints only.
• Rich black (100% CMYK) can be used to make a deeper black but using a spot black is preferred.
• Grays should not include any colors other than black unless it is supposed to have a specific hue such as W arm or Cool Grays. Because black dots can be extremely noticeable, we recommend a gray spot color when possible.

Spot colors

• PMS Color Swatches should be specked out in all vector art. No CMYK / RGB values are allowed.
• Please review a PMS book for color comparison.
• All WILFLEX colors we carry in stock do not require PMS matches.

Stock colors

Placed images

Separate files for each placed image @ true 300 dpi & 100% to size or larger is required.
If available please supply the original layered RA W file of each as well with all fonts used.

Dot gain, 1/2 tones, ink bleed

When INK BLEEDs and 1/2 tones open up in a screen as you produce a job DOT GAIN occurs.
Most colors do not exceed 30% DOT GAIN but there are exceptions such as Red / White which can gain to over 50% in some cases. To achieve the desired % of color, it is essential to consider INK BLEEDS and DOT GAIN. Making multiple shades of various colors try using increments similar to the ones listed below . Please note that this is a general recommendation, different colors have different attributes such as translucency that will affect how a color is affected by underlaying ink, shirt colors,
underbases, etc...
• To achieve 20% differences after printing ---------- (0% - 10% - 40% - 65% - 100%)
• To achieve 33% differences after printing ---------- (0% - 20% - 60% - 100%)
• To achieve 50% differences after printing ---------- (0% - 35% - 100%)

Digital - Direct to Garments (DTG)

DTG is ideal for high-detail full-color reproduction on light colors - Most standard file types are
accepted. Even low-resolution jpgs may be usable, but the higher the better .