Requirements for Screen Printing Artwork Quality
When providing Awards and More with images or graphics you want to be screen printed onto the product of your choice, there a few things you can do to ensure that the final result is something you will be satisfied with. The type of file you use, dots versus pixels, where you get your image or graphic and the overall quality of it can all affect the end result.
Awards and More allows you to provide us files in a variety of formats to suit your needs. Depending on the file type, certain properties will affect the quality of your images, and consequently the prints that are created. TIFF, JPEG and PNG files are all accepted here at Awards and More.
If you are not sure which format to use, consider the properties that each file type has. TIFF and PNG are both lossless files that will retain all data found in the original image file, no matter how many times you change or resave them. These files are great for ensuring optimum results for your prints. However, the only drawback is that they have extremely large file sizes, which can be more cumbersome to work with.
Due to the compression methods used, JPEG’s have smaller file sizes. Because a JPEG is a lossy file, when it’s edited and saved many times it will degrade because too much compression can cause the images to lose information. Over time, as a result it will lead to an unprintable image file. The JPEG quality settings function can be used to control the amount of data lost when saving your file to Photoshop. An excellent compromise between file size and image dependability can be a high-quality JPEG. These files are smaller size, and therefore faster to print.
Vector Artwork: DPI
Vector artwork is required for ever screen printing we do here at Awards and More. This is because we focus on the DPI (Dots per Inch), rather than the PPI (Pixels per Inch). DPI refers to how many drops of ink per square inch are used on paper to print an image. Although some images may look fine on a computer screen, the quality can be affected in the screen printing process. When searching for an image online to use, keep in mind that 72 DPI is a very low quality image that will not end in the highest quality results you may want. If you want a good quality image, at least 150 DPI (300 DPI for highest quality) will be needed to achieve this.
Although screenshots can be great for other things, try to avoid them when providing us with your logo or image that you want us to screen print. These are much more difficult to screen print and the quality of the artwork can be lost.
For more information about our screen printing process and requirements, feel free to contact us today with the link below!