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Submitting Custom Artwork for Buttons & Stickers
You may email electronic files to: clay "at" donnellycolt "dot" com.
For Printing Buttons please have art prepared:
If you do not have an electronic file, but only original art on paper, you may send by mail to: Donnelly/Colt, P.O. Box 188, Hampton, CT 06247 or call us for the street address to send it by U.P.S. or FedEx.
If you only have an idea and would like us to typeset it, you may fax us your rough sketch. Fax it to: (800) 553-0006. This is a fax line only. It is available 24 hours, every day. We will typeset your message and fax or email you back a Proof for your approval or revision before we print it.
At 300 p.p.i. (pixels-per-inch) resolution or higher.
Accepted programs are Adobe illustrator, QuarkXpress and Adobe
Convert all type to outline form (Vector Art) If this cannot be done, include
all of the screen and printer fonts used in creating your
Be sure to include any placed images used in creating the document. They
must be saved as a TIFF or EPS file.
All disks and files must be Macintosh formatted.
All products are 100% union made. Graphic Communications International
Union Label can be printed on the edge or the front of buttons or the
front of stickers.
If your file is incomplete and needs changes or additions, or if scanning
of photo or art is necessary, add $60 art prep charge.
Any full color artwork created in Photoshop must be saved as CMYK colors,
not as RGB colors. CMYK colors are preferred for the digital full color
process we use for printing buttons.
We will provide a very small print credit or tag line on the rim edge of the button (not visible from the front) at no extra charge. Please spell out legibly the text you want. Please keep it as short as possible. Initials, or a short name, or a copyright date and name, a phone number or website. The one inch size buttons have very limited space around the circumference of the rim for text.
For Screenprinting Stickers & Buttons:
For all digital files, it is essential that a print on paper for the art
on disk be provided, showing the composite image and color breaks. It should be made from the same disk that you are sending us, so you can be sure everything is on the disk that is needed to make your finished buttons or stickers. For high end photographic work, a reference image is essential, be it an original slide, color proof or offset printed piece. If you are
sending your files by e-mail, please fax a composite
Please submit all files at the size you wish them to be printed.
If you are unsure of what size might be appropriate, our customer
service rep will be glad to help you decide. Generally, for T-shirt printing full front or back prints are between 10 and 12 inches wide by any height up to 14 inches. Left chest prints generally range from 2 1/2 to 4 inches
wide, and sleeve prints are usually 2 to 3 inches wide. Sizing is a
matter of taste so these are not to be taken as strict guidelines. We
are capable of printing as large as 15 by 21 inches, call regarding
any larger sizes.
Draw or Vector Documents
In general, keep in mind that most screen printing is a spot color
medium, as opposed to offset, where the majority of color work is
Do not apply any trapping to the image.
If identical objects overlay one another precisely, please
separate by layer.
If appropriate, submit files with all colors converted to spot,
and all unused colors deleted from the document.
Unless there is a large body of text in the file, please convert
all type to outlines. As most t-shirt designs are not text intensive,
this will prevent confusion and save you the time of loading fonts
onto the disk.
Use PMS numbers for color names. Even though the generic "Red"
that the software gives you might look perfect on your monitor, all
monitors display differently, so using a standard way to designate
colors, like the Pantone Matching System, is essential. Be sure to
check the PMS book for color accuracy as the on-screen versions are
Pixel Based or Photo/Paint Documents (Adobe Photoshop up to v. 7.0)
Please do not send jpgs or gifs that have been downloaded from the
web. These files are sized at a low resolution in order to load
quickly on a website. They do not provide enough resolution for us to
use as actual artwork.
Submit all full color photographic and continuous tone files in CMYK
format. The best color fidelity can be accomplished if the file is in
these "unadulterated" formats. If you are having an image scanned just
for your T-shirt design, request RGB from your service bureau or
scanner operator. Many high end scanning units will scan images in
CMYK. This is great for offset, but not so hot for screen printing.
Some places will simply convert the file from the original CMYK format
to RGB. This is acceptable but not the best way to do things. The key
issue here is that when an image is in CMYK mode it's palette of
colors has been reduced for the offset printing process. If the image
is to be spot color separated, we can often reproduce a wider range of
colors for screenprinting than offset printing. Giving us the image in CMYK will limit the possibilities. Also, when a CMYK image is displayed on your
monitor the appearance of the image is controlled by a number of
preferences you have set up concerning dot gain and printing inks. In
RGB these factors will be ignored.
Photographic and continuous tone color and grayscale files should be
to size, at least 300 ppi, (pixels per inch). If your files are at all
detailed and are much below 300 ppi, there could be less than
desirable results. There are a variety of specific techniques we can
employ to compensate for a lower resolution original so please, do not
simply raise the resolution by plugging in higher numbers. Please
contact us early to resolve this issue.
Text files, Spot color or black & white illustrations and line
drawings created or scanned into Photoshop require a very high
resolution in order to maintain clean curves and and crisp edges.
Please submit these files at no less than 300 d.p.i. If you are unable to
provide this resolution we can scan your original.
Page Layout or Graphics Files with Placed Images
Quark Express up to v.4.0 Macromedia Freehand up to v.8.0 and Adobe
Illustrator up to v.10.0 (We are no longer accepting Pagemaker files)
If you have not converted text to box be sure to include all
necessary bitmap and printer fonts.
Try not to re-size placed images in these programs. Instead, size
them appropriately ahead of time in their original application. This
is the most complex type of file for our process, and re-sizing placed
images can cause significant problems.
Media & Transmission
Please send your artwork as an attached file in a email. If the file is very large, please compress it using a file compression program such as "Stuff It® or you can mail the file on a CD through the postal service. If you only have original artwork, we will scan it into digital format for you and mail you back your original.