How to Order Custom Shirts

1.  Artwork Charges
  • Non-creative art charges of $40 per hour will be charged for repairing, editing and recreating any art supplied with deficiencies or changes required (1/2 hour minimum).
  • Creative art charges of $40 per hour (1/2 Hour minimum) will be charged for taking your design from concept to printing film. 
2. Supplying Artwork
  • No art charges will be incurred if output ready digital artwork is provided. Conventional art such as paintings, photographs, transparencies, drawings, laser prints, inkjet prints, Xerox copies, faxes, business cards and letterhead will require scanning and layout in preparation for output to film or vellum. Art charges will be incurred to make them output ready. Separation charges will apply for Process and Simulated Process jobs. Please email or text 210-369-8548 for more information. 
3. Sending in your art
  • You can supply your artwork in digital format by email if it is less than 9 MB. It is a good idea to Stuff or ZIP all artwork being electronically transferred. It will insure that the resource fork will be preserved and the files will arrive intact. Email art to:
4. Digital Artwork Requirements
I can accept the following artwork formats: 
  • Adobe Illustrator - .ai, .eps, .pdf.
ALL FONTS MUST BE TURNED TO OUTLINES and all placed images should be embedded or supplied with at least 150 dpi resolution at 100% of the output size.

  • Adobe Photoshop - .psd, .eps, .tif
File should be sent over with 300 dpi or greater resolution. If your file has layers please do not flatten. Always make a flat .jpg to send along with the layered files.

  • Macromedia Freehand - .psd, .eps, .tif.
File should be sent over with 300 dpi or greater resolution. If your file has layers please do not flatten. Always make a flat .jpg to send along with the layered files.
  • Submit all digital files at 100%.
  • When sending e-mail include all files necessary. ALWAYS CONVERT ALL FONTS TO OUTLINES.
  • Use only Pantone Color Matching System (PMS) when selecting inks.  
  • When pulling art from the internet or scans, always convert to vector art.
  • Digital art requiring any computer manipulation, clean-up or masking will incur art charges.
  • Artwork and typesetting created in PowerPoint, Word Perfect and similar software programs cannot be easily converted into acceptable artwork. Please about a quote to recreate your design.
5. Artwork Design Locations
  • Pricing is based on the number of ink colors in design (art) that is printed in each location.
    • Each color used in a design cost more to screen print. A one color design is cheaper than a 2 color design.
    • The number of locations on a garment increases the cost. A two location print costs more than a 1 location print.
    • The size of the design does not affect the price. A small left chest print cost the same to print as a large full size print. However, oversize does change the price.
  • Quantity is the key. The total number of shirts dictates the prices you are charged. The more shirts we print, the lower your prices will be, up to a certain point.
6. Photographic Art (Bitmap)
  • Photographic Art (or Photo Realistic Design) is Art that incorporates scanned in imagery, or art that is built in a pixel based program such as photoshop or photo paint. Common file extensions for such files are .psd, .tif, .jpg, & .gif.
  • This includes any art built in a vector-based program, such as illustrator, that also incorporates imported or placed photographic elements. In order to reproduce a photographic image, we require a file or scan with a resolution of 300 pixels per inch file at actual size, or the actual photo.
7. Vector Art
  • Vector Art is art that is built (actually drawn) in a vector or object based program such as Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw or Macromedia Freehand. Each object can be selected and individually manipulated independently from the rest of the image. Common files extensions for this type of file include .ai, .eps & .cdr.
  • When providing such files, it is important to CREATE OUTLINES OUT OF ALL TEXT USED. If we have a true vector art file (ie. Adobe Illustrator file with no placed images) resolution is not a concern.
8. Pre-Production Samples
  • Charges for pre-production samples will be based upon the set-up required. Please call for a quote. Any job requiring changes or variations from the original instructions will be billed for setup charges.
9. Garments & Apparel
  • Lastly, shirts will be provided/supplied by Shelly Creates It. The cost will include the price of the garment, production and labor and ink supplies. 
  • If you happen to have have the apparel, or are ordering it, please talk with Shelly Creates It beforehand.  When clients provide the apparel, an extra 20% of the total number of items is required. For example, if you need 20 tees printed, and you are providing the tees, you must also supply 4 (20% of 20 tees) extra shirts for test printing. 20 shirts + 4 shirts = 24 shirts. 

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