The following information is a great resource for ensuring proper file preparation for apparel screen printing. As always, we are available to answer any questions you may have or assist you throughout the process.
Prepare Your Art
We require a minimum of 300 ppi/dpi or any Vector format -- Vector is preferred. Resolution CANNOT be changed after design has already been created. This process is known as "upscaling" and will ALWAYS result in blurry prints. When using Vector formats, just size your image to the final print size, and the ppi/dpi will be irrelevant.
Accepted File Types
We accept the following File Types:
We prefer .AI or .EPS files first because Vector images can be scaled without affecting quality. We prefer .PSD or .PDF second & .JPG or .TIFF last.
Size Your Design
Your design should be sized to the size it should be printed. If you want your print to be 10" wide, please be sure the actual design within the file is 10" wide, not just the background of your design file. Go to the Templates Page, download the appropriate template and place your design on the template to the size you would like it to appear on the shirt.
Convert Your Text to Outlines
If you are creating your file in Adobe Illustrator, you will need to choose "Create Outlines" on all your text. This allows us to open the file without requiring the font.
How to prep print files create outlinesFile prep outlines
Use Our Templates
Use one of Threadbird's templates to submit your final design. Go to the Templates Page. (For Apparel Printing Threadbird Templates are not required but recommended.)