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Artwork Requirements

Please read our artwork requirements for submitting your logo and artwork. We will create digital mock-ups prior to printing.

  • We can recreate or make your art printable
  • Specify PMS colors or send branding guidelines.
  • We CAN NOT use Website graphics. They are generally very low resolution.

We advise that artwork is generated only in the following design programs; Adobe Illustrator and/or Photoshop, we cannot accept responsibility for any unwanted results from artwork originally generated in any other software. This is especially true of programs such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Canva etc regardless of what options are available for final saving.

In order for us to be able to create original custom designs, we prefer original artwork which is called vector or saved as .AI (Adobe Illustrator) files. This allows us to be able to resize and recolor. We can accept other formats and recreate them at an additional fee.

If you already have your final artwork ready for print these should be saved in .AI, PDF, EPS, TIFF, or high-res JPEG format. Please remember to include all fonts and images required (We cannot accept open PC files). Files should be supplied uncompressed wherever possible; WeTransfer/Dropbox may be used to send large files.

All fonts used should be embedded (PDF’s) or converted to outlines (EPS, Illustrator). We can accept Mac fonts for Mac generated artwork but cannot accept any artwork that requires PC fonts. If Mac fonts are supplied, please ensure all and only the correct fonts are supplied, including both the postscript (printer) and screen fonts.

All non-vector artwork should be supplied at a minimum of 300DPI at actual size. Any artwork supplied lower than 300DPI will print blurred and we cannot guarantee quality

After creating your artwork, in order for us to ensure color matching, we need PMS colors. Usually we don’t start a design until colors are finalized. To learn more click here.

For best results, we need vector or artwork created in Illustrator and a list of PMS colors used to be able to match exactly. Sublimation printing is limitless for colors and can print all over graphics. We have a PMS color chart if you request it at time of ordering.  All non-vector artwork should be supplied at a minimum of 300DPI at actual size. Any artwork supplied lower than 300DPI will print blurred and we cannot guarantee quality.

For your t-shirts, hoodies or uniforms, we can only use vector artwork for printing. We have to color separate and create screens for each color.

Our fabulous designer can reproduce many different kinds of artwork and print-ready artwork that originate with JPG. An additional artwork fee may be applied.

Submit artwork sizes in inches. Example; logo for overall pattern on the sock 1.25 ” wide. “NANTUCKET” wide enough so that it is stretched across top and back. Keep in mind socks are 3.25″ wide. We only supply crew length. Other sizes require custom orders.

We have developed a guide titled “Print Locations” which you can download. This guide displays various print locations that are numbered along with the maximum size permissible in each of those areas.

We always send a digital JPG proof for review and approval prior to printing. Different screens and printers (if you print the proof on your own printer) will vary, so we require PMS (Pantone Matching System) colors to guarantee accuracy.

Strike-offs are available for an additional fee. These are subject to additional fees such as taxes and shipping.

Please contact Custom Apparel Source directly with artwork and questions send an email: [email protected] or call/text 704-236-0568