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0438 420 276
0438 420 064

Email
luke@slapwehprintco.com.au

Address
160 Parramatta Road,
Stanmore NSW 2048
Australia

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Guides & Templates

Having your artwork correctly prepared can greatly speed up your turnaround and improve the final results of your decorated garments. Below are guidelines for preparing your artwork

Shirt PDF's

Download Shirt Mockup Template

Download Shirt Print Guide

Skateboard PDF's

Download Skateboard Mockup Template

Download Skateboard Print Guide

Sticker PDF's

Download Sticker Mockup Template

Download Sticker Print Guide

 

The Basics / File Formats

You should always provide artwork at the size you want it printed. If you are unsure, provide a mock-up with approximate size and we can help you choose a size.

Below is a list of file formats we accept, they generally fall into 2 types:

  • Vector Files
    This includes: Illustrator (.ai) or vector-based .pdf/.eps.
    Vector files can be scaled and modified easily, without losing print quality. If someone else provides your artwork, it is always worth checking if this is available. Please note, taking raster art (see below) and placing it inside a vector file format does not make it a vector.
  • Raster Files / Image Files
    This includes: .psd, .jpeg, .tiff, .png, .gif, .bmp.
    Whichever of these formats you provide, the artwork should be at least print size and 300 dpi. If they are not provided this way, we cannot guarantee the print quality will match your original image.

Why is resolution important in Raster Files?

If you are providing raster artwork files (such as .psd or common image files), they should be at least 300dpi and the size you want them printed. This should be done at the beginning of the creation process, not scaled later on.

The reason for this is that any scaling of the final image will have a damaging effect on the artwork, causing it to pixelate. Each time it is scaled, the pixelation will get worse. This means images intended for web use are not likely to be suitable. Please always send the original file where possible.

Regarding Fonts

If you are using non-standard fonts within your artwork, please make sure they are prepared in your artwork appropriately. Text should be converted to Outlines in vector artwork, or rasterized (converted to pixels) within software such as Photoshop. Flat image files (.jpg, .png, .tiff, etc) won’t have this problem.

File Separation

We do not charge for separating artwork for print, nor do we advise you trying to separate it for us in preparation. This tends to add complications. Saving the artwork as a complete piece (layers are fine and sometimes useful) at the size you require it printed. Supplying a mockup for us to use as a visual guide can be helpful too.

Laying Out Sponsors Logos / Altering Art

We prefer art to be ready in advance, however if you require us to arrange logos for you or alter art (such as removing unwanted colours), we can do this for a fee of $30/hour. Please make sure all supplied logos are of a reasonable quality – please get in touch if you are unsure.

Inks and Pantones

We do not charge for custom ink colours, however we do ask that you specify Pantones from a Solid Coated Pantone Guide book. It’s important to only choose Pantones from a physical copy of the book, in order to get an accurate match.