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Artwork & File Specifications

Our experienced and creative art department can take your concepts and turn them into extraordinary completed artwork. They can do simple color separations as well as complicated 4 color process separations. We are here to help you accomplish your goals and complete your project.

Our art dept bills at $50 an hour. We can give you an approximate quote. Changes will be billed at the same hourly rate.

When printing films from digital files it is important that your file be constructed properly. Screen printing requirements for textiles are very different than those for printing on paper.

The information below will help you prepare your artwork so that problems or additional costs can be avoided or minimized.

These are general guidelines. Specific questions about your art can only be answered after viewing your artwork or designs.

Artwork for screen printing needs to meet certain specifications in order to reproduce well. One of the requirements is the quality of the resolution.

Most images that are displayed on web sites are created at very low resolution in order to transfer or download quickly. Typically web site graphics are 72 dpi and physically small (1-3 inches wide).

Images for screen printing must be at least 200 dpi.

IMPRINT COLORS: When calling out colors please use Pantone Colors or custom colors (not CMYK) . Do not create separate files for each ink color. We do all color separations In-House.

FONTS & TYPE: Please convert fonts to curves (create outlines) before sending your files.

IMAGE SIZE: It is best to present your files at the size you want printed on the garment otherwise the image size must be specified.

HARDCOPY: Clean crisp black & white artwork can be supplied on a maximum size of 11x17" paper.

How do I send my artwork?

Digital files approximately 9mb and smaller can be emailed to our sales staff. Larger files and/or folders containing fonts, linked files, and additional resources are to be sent through our FTP (File Transfer Protocol) address. Please call our sales staff for FTP information. For Photoshop, .TIF, .BMP, and .JPG files we generally require a minimum of 200 dpi, but no larger than 300 dpi at the desired size. Regardless of resolution, all artwork needs to be approved by Ellens prior to ordering because not all files will require these guidelines.

Ellens accepts:

  • .AI (Adobe Illustrator) - CS6 current version
  • .EPS (Generic vector format)
  • .PSD (Photoshop) - CS3 current version
  • .TIF, .BMP, .JPG


  • .PUB (MicroSoft Publisher)
  • .QXD (Quark)
  • .IND (Adobe InDesign)

We request that any original art such as sketches, drawings or paintings be handed in by the customer to ensure that the art is not destroyed from transit. Ellens Silkscreening is not responsible for art lost and/or damaged by the post office or courier.

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