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Art Specs

Acceptable Vector Art Formats

We accept the following file formats on both PC and Mac:

  • Macromedia Freehand
  • CorelDraw
  • Adobe Illustrator

Artwork Sent Via Email

  • Send one (1) email with one (1) art attachment per order to artroom@hixfe.com
  • Do not zip or stuff any artwork sent via email due to anti-virus issues.
  • Specify the dimensions of the design. Indicate if artwork is to be used “as is” or if it requires FE artwork to resize.
  • Specify print colors. Check out our chart of most used colors on our website or specify PMS color values from coated stock only.

No Vector File Available?

First Edition will produce your artwork at a very competitive rate. Email art quote requests to artroom@hixfe.com.

Guidelines for supplying finished vector artwork

  • Art files should contain vector graphics only (no imported raster images: jpeg, gif, bmp, tiff, psd, etc.)
  • The file should use Pantone Coated Colors only (no CMYK or RGB colors). Make certain that no colors are set to overprint.
  • All text should be converted to paths (Freehand), curves (CorelDraw) or outlines (Illustrator).
  • The maximum standard imprint area is 11.7" X 11.7". Call for size specifications or check our website’s Custom Transfer Imprint Size Guide.
  • Make certain all lines have a minimum width of 2 pts.
  • Avoid using upper and lower case type smaller than 16 pts. for sans serif typefaces or 24 pts. for serif typefaces.
  • Use only halftone values between 25% and 40%. Using halftones in large areas of the design may cause a moiré pattern to appear. Avoid using halftones for lines or in very small areas of the design. The computer will not accurately depict a halftone on a proof as it does not show the shirt color through the halftone.
  • Please indicate areas that print in white by using Pantone 100 Yellow. The regular white in programs will not separate out correctly. Additionally, we can easily visualize areas that are to print in white in contrast to the background white of a computer screen.
  • When printing white on dark, please review your artwork on a dark background. Frequently, when exchanging light for dark in a design, the proof will take on a look resembling a photographic negative.