Artwork Specifications

Artwork Specifications

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- General Artwork Requirements
- Other Requirements (Print Method Specific)
- Useful Information
- Useful Links

Artwork Requirements (for all print Methods):

PREFERRED FILE FORMAT  
(ideal – provides scalable artwork)

SECONDARY FILE FORMATS
(limited scalability)

Vector Files Types
(Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw):

Suitable for all print methods.

Requirements:
-Please outline all fonts
-No embedded raster (eg. jpg) files

File extensions accepted:
- Encapsulated Post Script (.eps)
- Portable Document Format (.pdf)
- Adobe Illustrator File (.ai)
- Scalable Vector Graphics (.svg)

Raster Files Types
(Adobe Photoshop or Corel Draw):

May be suitable for screen printing, digital transfers, vinyl transfers or direct-to-garment prints – Subject to approval.

Requirements:
- Must be 300DPI
- At size or larger

File extensions accepted:
- Photoshop Document (.psd)
- JPEG Image (.jpg / .jpeg) – see requirements above

Other Raster Files
May be suitable for screen printing, digital transfers, vinyl transfers or direct-to-garment prints  – Subject to approval.

Requirements:
- Must be larger than 500px on longest side
- File size must be no smaller than 200KB

File extensions accepted:
- TIFF Image (.tiff)
- PNG Image (.png)

Other Requirements (Print Method Specific):

Digital Transfers
Supply artwork in CMYK colour mode.
If you wish to assign your own vector cutline, please see our transfer cut lines information. Supplied cut lines may need to be altered, if deemed unsuitable for our machinery.
Note that the maximum print size for transfers is 38cm x 48cm.

Vinyl Transfers
Select your desired print (vinyl) colour from our Vinyl Colour Swatches. If no colour is supplied, the closest match will be used.
Vector files are strongly preferred for this method. Mabuzi reserve the right to refuse artwork if the quality is deemed unsuitable for our print methods.
Note that the maximum print size for transfers is 38cm x 48cm.

Direct-To-Garment Printing
300DPI resolution or higher (at full scale/at size) is preferred. Visual pixellation may occur if artwork is lower than this resolution.
Note that prints cannot be larger than 27cm x 37cm size.

Embroidery
Supply artwork in CMYK or Pantone Solid Coated spot colours. The closest thread colour will be assigned to your artwork colours in all instances.
Ensure text is no smaller than 4mm in height, this is the absolute minimum size to ensure legibility.

Screen printing
All screen print artwork will be converted to Pantone Solid Coated® spot colours.
In all cases, the closest CMYK colour match possible will be used, but we prefer our client to supply Pantone swatch colours wherever possible.
The maximum print size for your screen print will be limited to the smaller of both dimensions below:
Max Screen Size:
42cm wide x 55cm high
OR
Garment Size:
The width & length of your smallest garment (print must fit within this area)


Useful Information:
Artwork Size (for all print methods)
Where specific dimensions of print sizes are not provided and agreed, our production team will resize artwork to fit the smallest garment while ensuring it works appropriately across your garment spread (as the print size is fixed per setup).
Mock-ups/Artwork Approvals
Note that printing orders placed via our sales team require setups, a digital artwork approval & mock-up will be provided for your sign-off before printing begins.

If you wish to create your own mock-up for our guidance or reference, please download the appropriate template from our blank mock-ups page.
For orders custom orders placed online in the Design Lab, the proof is generated when the order is placed. A proof and order confirmation will be emailed to the email provided.
Sending Your Artwork
Please email your artwork and enquiries to info@mabuzi.

If your artwork is greater than 10MB in size, please send via one of the free online transfer services listed below:
- YouSendIt
- SendSpace

Need to send multiple files? Ask us about setting up a Drop Box account.


Pantone Swatches
View Swatches Online:
We have a list of Pantone® swatch colours available online, but please be aware that on-screen colours do not provide accurate colour representations.

Find & Assign Swatches in Adobe Illustrator:
To open the Pantone Solid Coated® colour library in Adobe Illustrator, go to the top menu bar and select:
Window > Swatch Libraries > Colour Books > PANTONE solid coated


Useful Links:
Need a logo: http://www.designcrowd.com/
Screen Printing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Screen-printing
Adobe Trail Downloads: http://www.adobe.com/downloads/
Adobe Help: http://www.adobe.com/support/illustrator/
iStockphoto: http://www.istockphoto.com/index.php
Free Vector Downloads: http://www.vecteezy.com/
Brands Logos: http://www.brandsoftheworld.com/


Don’t have what we need?
Check out your options on our Artwork & Design page, or Contact Us for more info.