There are two industry standard programs used for creating graphics for screen print – Adobe Illustrator and Adobe Photoshop.
Below is a breakdown of the acceptable art file types. More complex images often require separation charges. Please visit our color separation page for more information on which types of images incur separation fees for screen printing.



Vector graphic images – shapes created using computed paths vs pixels
Fonts should be converted to outlines
Embed any linked files. you should also provide the support file separately though, just in case.
Illustrator can also make extremely complex vector images that may still end up being separated in Photoshop.



Raster Art Images – image elements made using pixels vs. paths
Best used for more complex graphics or photographs
Images should be created at a minimum of 150 dpi at actual print size, though 300 dpi is preferred.
Simply up-sampling or enlarging web images does not make the graphic usable for screen print


JSR can also scan drawings, existing printed tees or any other flat images you bring in. Results may vary depending on the design and your desired print quality. If the art files do not meet these specifications, don’t worry! JSR has been doing this a long time, chances are we can take whatever files or ideas you do have to bring your screen print design to life. We’ve worked off sketches and ideas conveyed only through email. We have some amazing artists who can help bring your idea to life.

Just ask your customer service rep about costs involved with design creation or art re-drawing.