The recommended file format for submitting designs for custom apparel printing is typically a high-resolution vector file or a high-resolution raster image file. Here’s a closer look at each of these file formats:
- Vector files: Vector files are made up of mathematical equations and can be infinitely scaled without losing quality. The most common vector file formats are Adobe Illustrator (.ai), Encapsulated PostScript (.eps), and Portable Document Format (.pdf). Vector files are ideal for designs that include text, logos, or other graphics with sharp edges, as they can be easily manipulated and resized without losing quality.
- Raster images: Raster images are made up of pixels and have a fixed resolution. The most common raster image file formats are Joint Photographic Experts Group (.jpg), Portable Network Graphics (.png), and Tagged Image File Format (.tiff). Raster images are ideal for designs that include photographs or other complex images, as they can capture a wide range of colors and shades.
When submitting your design for custom apparel printing, it’s important to ensure that the file is high-resolution (at least 300 DPI) and the correct size for the printing method being used. Additionally, be sure to convert any text to outlines or include any fonts used in the design to avoid any font-related issues. Consult with your printing service provider to confirm their specific file format requirements and any other guidelines or recommendations they may have.