Artwork File Guidelines

Please use the following resources to prepare your files for print. Feel free to contact us if you still have questions.

Prepare Your Art

All files must be Vector Format or at least 300 dpi (.pdf or .psd with all layers). If your file is not 300 dpi, you cannot just increase the resolution of the file. This is called "upsampling" and will result in a blurry image. If you are creating your file in Adobe Illustrator or another Vector-based software, just size your image to the size you want it to print.

• Please Note: 3 or more color changes is no longer considered the same design!

• Half Tones: Please allow us to halftone the images for you. If we do not control the halftones, we cannot guarantee the quality of the print. Some designs are complex and will require separation fees. We do understand that as a client you may be inclined to try to separate or halftone the image yourself to try to keep your cost as low as possible. Unfortunately this does not work. Our computers in the art department are calibrated to set the halftones specifically for the films and screens that we use for printing. Often times if you try to separate or halftone the image yourself it may cause more art charges than you would have originally incurred.

Accepted File Types

We accept the following File Types:
• Illustrator (.AI)
• Vector (.EPS)
• Photoshop (.PSD) w/all layers
• PDF (Vector)

We prefer .AI or .EPS files first because Vector images can be scaled without affecting quality. We prefer .PSD or .PDF second.

Avoid file issues

JPG's and GIF's are the 2 main types of web page image formats. It is not possible for anyone to reproduce these tiny web based images exactly. On a computer monitor these images appear crisp and clean, however, when they are enlarged for printing the end result is an inferior pixelated image. Our art staff can use these images as reference for re-drawing, if applicable. Art charges will accrue for time spent re-drawing these images based on the complexity of the final artwork. We need images/designs in a Vector format (EPS, Adobe Illustrator, etc) versus a "Bitmap" format (internet images, .gif, .jpg, .bmp, etc). If you are using a "scanned image" it is a Bitmap. Images from websites and the Internet are not only Bitmaps but usually only 72 DPI (dots per inch) and very low resolution = low quality for printing.

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.

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.

TigerBlue Standard Print Sizes
• Standard Screens - 13" x 17"
• Jumbo Screens - 15" x 21"

Printed/Sewn In Tag Information

It is required by the US Government that the following information be included in all garments:
• Size
• % of Material
• Country of Origin (for the garment, not your brand)
• Care Instructions

These are non-negotiable. We cannot list "Printed in the US" or "Processed in the US" instead of listing what country the shirt is manufactured in. It *must* have the country information on the garment. If you are unaware of the information needed for the shirts you are ordering, please leave your tag files editable and add place holders for the information. When you submit your artwork, please submit the editable tag file (PSD or AI) as well as the fonts used to create the tag. The fonts are very important as we cannot edit fonts we don't have.

To find out more about these rules, please visit this resource called: Threading Your Way Through the Labeling Requirements Under the Textile and Wool Acts

Picking PMS Colors

We will provide pantone color matching for your designs when your orders are submitted. However, there may be an issue with pantone matching, due to the fact that there is no universal color calibration for computers or device screens. A certain red on your screen may appear to be a different red on ours. It is always best to try to supply your own pantone colors if possible. The best way to do this, and the most accurate way, is to purchase a Pantone Plus Series Solid Coated Formula Guide. This can be purchased as part of the set (Coated and Uncoated) through The reason why it's best to buy the book, once again, is the pantone guide on your version of photoshop is still using your color calibration, and will not necessarily be accurate.

Max Imprints

Please note that not all shirts will be sewn exactly the same; these dimensions are to be used for reference as a "safe" zone to avoid printing on any seams or edges. NOTE: Any print that goes over a seam can result in imperfections in the print. (Which can be very cool-looking, if you're into that.)

Unisex Adult t-shirts
• X-Small - 13" x 17"
• Small - 13" x 17"
• Medium - 13" x 17"
• Large - 13" x 17"
• X-Large - 13" x 17"

• Small - 11" x 16"
• Medium - 11" x 16"
• Large - 11" x 16"
• X-Large - 11" x 16"

• Small - 9" x 12"
• Medium - 9" x 12"
• Large - 13" x 17"

Tank Tops
• Small - 11" x 16"
• Medium - 11" x 16"
• Large - 11" x 16"
• X-Large - 11" x 16"

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