Artwork Tips

MyShopAngel’s team of artists have years of experience between them and are trained in nearly every side of graphic design. Because of this, they put in creativity and experience into their work every time you order. Everything below is available to you at no charge if it’s required to produce your order. If you need creative assistance feel free to contact our art department at artwork@myshopangel.com



How to Send Your Artwork

Digital Files

While placing your order, an option is provided to upload your artwork files. If you don't have your files ready at that time, you can choose to upload at a later time. Your artwork will be matched specifically to your order.

Special Instructions

While placing your order you will be able to request special instructions for your artwork. Feel free to give us any information you think we will need. Always remember that artwork preparation is free and you will receive a virtual proof for your approval before production.

Forgot to Send Your File

Do not worry. Either our Customer Service department or Art Department will reach out to you to request your artwork files.



Accepted File Types

We can accept anything: e-mailed art, faxed art, or mailed hard copy. Just send us what you have and we'll work with you on the rest. Keep in mind that to keep your order moving as fast as possible, we prefer to receive vector file formats.

Note: Changing the file name to a vector file extension will not change the file type.



Preferred Vector File Types

PDF (Adobe Acrobat) • Embed the fonts used or export as generic .eps

AI or EPS (Adobe Illustrator CS6) • Please convert text to outlines, and embed any linked images

CDR (Corel Draw) • Convert text to curves

Other Accepted File Types:

.DOC, .PPT or .PUB (Microsfot Office Files) • Embed or include fonts

BTIMAPS (.jpg, .tif, .pcx, .gif, .png, .bmp)



Print Methods


Digital Print



  • Uses CMYK printing process from machines
  • Allows sharp images and unlimited color options
  • Ideal for business cards, calendars and other various products

Laser Engraved



  • Engraving onto a material using a laser
  • Most durable imprint method available
  • Higher set up costs than other printing methods

Embossing



  • Pressure and heat are used together on a material to leave a raised impression
  • Can look different when used with infill methods
  • Stylish look for folders and journals

Silkscreen



  • Most used form of printing on products
  • Low cost and durable imprint
  • Most ideal for large imprints on bags and clothing, can also be used for smaller items such as pens

Debossing



  • Pressure and heat are used together on a material to leave a depressed impression
  • Can look different when used with infill methods
  • Stylish look for folders and journals

Embroidery



  • Machine stitched process to build logo and or text
  • Recommended for fleece and other material
  • Great for ball caps, shirts and towels

Pad Print



  • Silicone Pad imprints onto curved 3d objects
  • Great for items that are curved such as construction hats, keyboards and more
  • Looks just as good as silkscreen

Transfer



  • Produced sticker material heat sealed onto product
  • Great for apparel and ceramics
  • Can be used on just about any product, slower turn around times

Raster vs Vector

Raster

Raster images, also known as bitmaps, are comprised of individual pixels of color. Each color pixel contributes to the overall image.

Raster images might be compared to pointillist paintings, which are composed with a series of individually-colored dots of paint. Each paint dot in a pointillist painting might represent a single pixel in a raster image. When viewed as an individual dot, it’s just a color; but when viewed as a whole, the colored dots make up a vivid and detailed painting. The pixels in a raster image work in the same manner, which provides for rich details and pixel-by-pixel editing.

Vector

Unlike raster graphics, which are comprised of colored pixels arranged to display an image, vector graphics are made up of paths, each with a mathematical formula (vector) that tells the path how it is shaped and what color it is bordered with or filled by.

Since mathematical formulas dictate how the image is rendered, vector images retain their appearance regardless of size. They can be scaled infinitely. Vector images can be created and edited in programs such as Illustrator, CorelDraw, and InkScape (don’t worry, these visual editors do the math for you)







Full Color Artwork

Resolution

Your artwork file must be at least 300 dpi or vector art for the best printing quality.If your file is below 300 dpi, do not simply increase the reolution. This will cause your artwork to be very pixelated. The ideal full color artwork will be 300 dpi at the size it will be printed.

Safe Margin

The safe margin is made up of a line on the inside of your full color artwork document that shows where no important information should stop on the document to waive the risk of being cut off during the trimming process. A typical inside margin is .125 of an inch on all sides of your document.

Web Images

When images are downloaded from a wwbsite, the image qulaity is usually only 72 dpi. This quality is too low for printing purposes. Please be careful using images from the internet as you may run into copyright restrictions. The best option is to purchase stock photos from websites where they can be downloaded at a large resolution.

Bleed

The bleed area is a term used to describe the edges of your full color document. The bleed makes sure that any artwork you have on the edge or past it will print without any white borders from showing on the finished product.


Trademarks

The names, artwork, designs, logos and trademarks or similar reproduced artwork throughout this website are solely intended to show the type and quality of imprinted products available. It does not imply a product/service endorsement by MyShopAngel.com, nor does it imply an endorsement of MyShopAngel.com by the respective owners of the marks.

By placing an order with MyShopAngel.com, you represent and warrant that you have the right to order, purchase and distribute merchandise containing the names, artwork, designs, logos, trademarks or similar identified in your order. The distributor also agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless MyShopAngel.com and its parent company, from and against all claims, liabilities and expenses (including attorney’s fees) arising out of or related to an actual or alleged infringement or misappropriation of any trademark, copyright or any other proprietary right of such merchandise. This provision will continue to remain in effect after the delivery of your order. All trademarks are the property of their respective owners. Still have artwork questions?