Tips for Ordering

Know what you want.
Seems like it should go without saying, but you'd be suprised.

If you don't have any artwork, or the garments, you should at least know what kind of design you want,
and what you want us to print it on.

Supply us with good artwork.
If your artwork is not high enough quality for printing, we will need to re-create it.
Grabbing some low-resolution GIF file from a Web site won't work, but it can help as a reference file. See our Art Submission page for more info.

Give us enough time.
Although we have a fast turnaround time,
if you wait until the last minute to place your order, we might have to charge you a "rush" fee. Plus tip. And tax. And friendship dues.
The more info, the better. The more detailed your instructions are, the less chance there is of us screwing something up.
Make sure to specify the exact size, placement, and colors of your design. A detailed, spell-checked simple text file or email is very helpful.

Feel free to give us your birthday and favorite food. Not that we'll get you anything. But we'll try the food.

Imprint Sizes (standard)
• Left or right chest: 2.5" to 4" wide max, 3" high max.
•Full front or full back: 8" wide to 12" wide max.
• Center chest: 6" to 8" wide.
• Left or right sleeve: 3" wide max.
• Front cap: usually 3" to 4" wide max. Ask us about larger imprint areas and multiple or unique placements. We might give you an answer, we might not. Most likely will will, considering its our job.

Some unique placements are starting to become popular. Here are a few ideas to help you get ahead of the curve.

• A small center chest, 6" to 8" wide, instead of a left chest, can work very nicely for promotional shirts.
• Upper chest/shoulder placement (left or right) is becoming popular on designer tees. Its important to have a good design that can work specifically for this.
• A small, subtle logo appearing on the sleeves, or under the back of the neck, can be as effective (or even better) than traditional placement. For bags and other promotional items, size and placement varies, depending on the object. Ask us about any other sizes or placements you're interested in. We'll give you all the answers you need right away (as long as we've had our coffee). Current Trends Size of Print Area: Make it smaller. Fashion-forward people refuse to wear big huge logos on their chest. This is important to know, whether you're selling or giving away promotional items. If you want more people to wear your shirts, don't make them into walking billboards. Use subtlety in the design and colors, and keep the size smaller. Types of T-shirts and Garments: More people are choosing 'fine' tees and jerseys from companies like American Apparel to print on. The reason is that these are the tees people enjoy wearing now. The cut is different (not as long, wide, thick, or stiff; its more fitted around the body, and the sleeves don't flare out. It reflects the current trend of the fashion-consious crowd. Locations of Imprints: The standards like left chest and full back are falling out of favor, for small center chest, small upper back, left or right sleeves, and lower left or right, near the hem. For more details... look closer.

Special FX Inks
Special FX inks give you the extra edge you need, and can make a good design a great one. Below are some of the new special FX inks available for your job. Ask us about details and options for each. Your extra cost is minimal (or none) compared to regular ink colors. Working with Scream Graphix, now that's priceless.
• Puff
• Suede
• High-density
• Glitter
• Glow-in-the-dark
• Flourescent
• Metallic
• Reflective
• Shimmer
• Gel Gloss
• Crackle
• and more!

Logo Design
Following the tips below can help assure the artwork you provide will achieve the dynamic results you want when your logo is screenprinted or embroidered on your wearables. It can also help increase the efficiency and quality of the decorating process. Art that is "ready" for use is provided in an electronic file that can be used for pre-press and printing without making modifications. Below are a number of important considerations and tips to help get your art ready for decorating. Acceptable Artwork Formats Art may be provided in any of the following formats. Please note the modifications that may need to be made it order to make each format ready for decorating. For all three formats, proper resolution is critical for clean results.

The standard resolution for printed artwork is 300 dpi (dots per inch).

Mechanical artwork The traditional standard for acceptable mechanical artwork is "camera-ready black and white. Mechanical artwork can be supplied on a sheet of white paper or bromide, and should be no larger than 8.5" x 11".

Hand-drawn artwork A logo that's been drawn by hand is a great starting point, but it will need to be digitized and modified for practical use.
Digital artwork Images created in Adobe Illustrator, QuarkXPress, Adobe Acrobat Reader, Microsoft Word, Excel, or Powerpoint are preferred over mechanical and hand-drawn artwork for quality of the end result and efficiency. However, digital artwork may still require modification and/or preparation for the decorating process.

File suffixes If your digital artwork file ends with any of these suffixes, it can be used to properly prepare your art: .bmp, .eps, .gif, .pct, .pdf, .tiff Proofs: Any time you supply digital artwork, be sure to include a printed proof for reference.