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Well designed black Tee

Sending a well designed image or supplying a correct font will get you this

Poorly designed white tee

Sending in a screen shot of something you found online without talking to us first will get you this

prepare your art

PNG files must be at least 300 dpi with a transparent backround or Vector Format. 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.

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. We do understand that some designs are complex and will require separation fees, 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.

We accept the following File Types:

  • Corel Draw (.CDR)

  • Illustrator (.AI)

  • Vector (.EPS)

  • Photoshop (.PSD)

  • PDF


  • TIFF 


We prefer .CDR/.AI or .EPS files first because Vector images can be scaled without affecting quality. We prefer .PSD or .PDF second &.PNG .JPG/.JPEG or .TIFF last.

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.

Want to save money? Use fewer colors

In order to transform your design into a screen-printed garment, each color requires its own film positive and its own screen. Those cost time and money. To reduce your overall cost, use fewer colors to limit the total number of screens.

Screen printing might be for you if you meet this criteria:

1. You're looking to make a large order of t-shirts at one time
2. Your t-shirt order all would be the same design
3. The t-shirt design doesn't have many different colors in it                        (the more colors, the more expensive)

DTG Printing
Eco-Friendly Water-Based Inks
Softer feel
Unlimited color usage and greater detailed prints
One-off printing

No setup fees


Silk Screen Printing
Vibrant Opaque Plastisol Ink
Greater Volume Discounts
Best for bulk orders
Wider range of printable fabrics

For any additional help, please feel free to email us at artdepartment@blackdogprinting.org

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