File Prep

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 at least 300 ppi or Vector Format. If your file is not 300 ppi, 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.

How to prep print files dpi

Please Note: 3 or more color changes do not apply to heat transfer printing.

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.


Accepted File Types

We accept the following File Types:

We prefer .AI or .EPS files first because Vector images can be scaled without affecting quality. We prefer .PSD or .PDF second & .JPG 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. Go to the Templates Page, download the appropriate template and place your design on the template to the size you would like it to appear on the shirt.


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.
How to prep print files create outlinesFile prep outlines


Use Our Templates

Use one of Elephat’s templates to submit your final design. Go to the Templates Page. (For Apparel Printing Elephat¬†Templates are not required but recommended.)

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