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Artwork & File Types

It is important to understand the types of artwork file formats required for the various processes as they make a big impact on the quality of the finished product. 

In general, layered vector formats (EPS, PDF) are best, JPGs can be used for some processes , but a decent resolution image is required, not something taken from a web site for example. 

JPG - is a compressed image file and is fine for creating embroidery files and some digital print options, but a high resolution image is generally required for a better result. 

Use for: Embroidery, Digital Direct to Garment Print, Dye-Sublimation Print, Digital Print Vinyls 

Artwork PDF or Layered Portable Document Format - This has the original design artwork saved in a form that can be read on most computers. Artwork may be extracted and the colours separated out for use in screen and pad printing, it also gives better digital print results, with more saturated colours. 

Use for: Embroidery, Screen Print, Digital Direct to Garment Print, Pad Print, Dye-Sublimation Print, Digital Print Vinyl Transfers, Computer Cut Vinyls, Laser Engraving. 

EPS or encapsulated post script files are exported from the design software. A layered vector format, the size can be altered without any change in quality of the final image. Colours may be separated out and used for imaging screens and pads. It can only be read by design software, though is often saved as a PDF for ease. 

Use for: Embroidery, Screen Print, Digital Direct to Garment Print, Pad Print, Dye-Sublimation Print, Digital Print Vinyl Transfers, Computer Cut Vinyls, Laser Engraving.