Artwork Guidelines

The type of artwork you supply will depend on the printing process used for that particular product. Please refer to our guide below to enable you to supply the correct artwork.

Vector EPS

This type of artwork can be used for the majority print processes, for example the print on pens, electrical items, tools, bags etc. Artwork can be saved or exported as a vector eps file from the majority of graphic art applications such as Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, Adobe Indesign and Quark Xpress.

Your vector eps file should include Pantone colour references, all fonts converted to outlines and where possible try to eliminate the use of single colour rasterised images. The majority of print processes and product types don’t allow for the reproduction of tints of a solid colour, any tinted areas of your artwork will need to be converted to a solid colour.

Rasterised

This file type (raster image) can usually only be reproduced using heat transfer or lithographic print processes, from single colour to 4 colour process. For example; a single colour image containing various tints of the same colour or a photographic image consisting of many colours. Heat transfer print can be used on the majority of fabric products and lithographic print on paper products such as sticky notes and note pads. High resolution CMYK EPS, TIFF or JPEG images are required with a resolution of at least 300dpi at the size to be printed.

Both vector and rasterised file types can also be converted and supplied as editable or high resolution PDF’s.

Vector EPS and Raster Images Explained

This type of artwork can be used for the majority of print processes. For example; the print on to pens, electrical items, etc. Vector eps files can also be easily edited at the pre-press stage of production if required.

A raster image forms a series of bits of information which translate into pixels or dpi (dots per inch). These pixels form single or multi colour points which create an overall image. This type of image can be difficult to edit, raster images usually look smooth when viewed as a photograph or drawing, but when enlarged in size, the pixels become apparent and the image appears jagged and of poor quality.

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Supplying your artwork files

Please send all artwork to: artwork@tpes.net.
Alternatively, if file sizes are too large to send via email (maximum 10MB), please supply your artwork on a disk.

Can we help?

When artwork can only be supplied in a format that is inappropriate for the required printing method, we are able to offer a re-draw service.
Please contact a member of our studio team for further information on this and other pre-press services.