5 Things Your Art File Needs to Have

If you're a graphic designer, chances are you've had to create art files for print at some point.

And if you haven’t, you probably will at some point in your career! Creating art files can seem daunting, but it’s really not that bad once you get the hang of it.

But when you are in the custom products business, it’s not just about the look of the artwork.  You need to make sure that your artwork has the correct technical qualities to make sure that you’ll get great final print results.

The Basics:

For the Custom Products Industry, however, here are five things your art file needs to have:

If you don’t know if your file is high enough perform the following steps:

  • Right-click the file and select properties.
  • In the window click the Details tab
  • Locate the image section, you’ll see the Dimensions there.
  • The size needs to be 300×300 dpi or 2500×2500 pixels

Better to be very big and shrink down, than too small and have to enlarge it.  Its been our experience that 10″ files, especially resolutions at or above 300dpi are especially good for DTF (direct to film) and DTG prints.

Metallic and Reflective prints are advanced print forms, at least when you begin, you’ll want to stay away from these kinds of unique prints.

If you’re going to download an image from an online service or website, make sure you use these keywords; vector, png, high resolution, transparent. Avoid things like clipart, SVG, doc. Unless you have industry-standard editing software (ex. Adobe or CorelDraw).

Make sure files that are downloaded come from a computer. Most files downloaded from phones come in compressed so they will fail automatically.

These are just the basics for anyone who knows nothing about art files for printing and doesn’t know why a particular print might be failing. There are additional and more in-depth reasons in many cases but these basics should help almost everyone.