At Brooks, we provide full service design for all of our orders. That means all you need is an idea and our amazing design team can create your artwork from scratch. However, sometimes you already have your artwork ready, or you want to create it yourself. If that’s the case, here are a few guidelines to help you provide the best quality artwork. (When creating your artwork, it’s also a good idea to consider what type of shirt you’re wanting and what type of print style is best for your order.)
Prepare your art
All files must be at least 300 ppi or Vector Format. If your file does not meet either of those specifications, you can’t just increase the size or resolution of the file. If you try to do so, it will result in a blurry image and the quality of the print will suffer. For best results, vector is the format you should be using to create your file.
There are a few top programs that we suggest using to create your artwork files. The best is Adobe Illustrator since it is a full vector design program. Second would be Corel Draw as it is also vector based. Finally, Adobe Photoshop is also a great program to use, but be aware that Photoshop is raster based and cannot be resized after it’s created.
If you are creating your file in Adobe Illustrator or another Vector-based software like Corel Draw, just size your image to the size you want it to print. If you are using Adobe Photoshop or another raster-based software, you must start with your image at 300 ppi and sized correctly in order to achieve a quality print since raster images cannot be up-sized without loss of quality.
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. Other file types such as .PNG and .BMP simply do not work well. Also, we cannot accept files created in Microsoft Publisher. Please convert these to JPG AND PDF and send both files to us. No matter what file type you send, please be sure all fonts are converted to outlines or objects before you send us your file.
Sizing your design
Your design should be set to the actual size that you want to 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. It is ok if your artwork is larger than the actual size, just not smaller.
Max Print Size
Please note that not all shirts will be sewn exactly the same; the dimensions below are to be used for reference as an average “safe” zone to avoid printing on any seams or edges. These sizes are based on our available screen sizes for full front or back prints.
X-Small – 11″ x 15″
Small – 12.5” x 16″
Medium – 12.5” x 16”
Large – 12.5” x 16″
Small – 10.5” x 16″
Medium – 10.5” x 16”
Large – 11″ x 16”
X-Large – 11″ x 16”
Small – 9” x 14”
Medium – 10” x 14”
Large – 12″ x 16″
We will provide pantone color matching for your prints. However, there is an issue with pantone matching, and that is that not every color looks the same on every monitor. A certain red on your screen may appear to be a different red on ours. There is no universal color calibration for computers. It is always best to try to supply your own pantone colors if possible.