Our Artwork Guidelines – Minimum standards for small details and images – Versatrans®

Our Artwork Guidelines – Minimum standards for small details and images – Versatrans®


With many years of screen printing, Versatrans has found the perfect formula to make sure all of your prints come out precise and clean. To avoid any filling or bleeding of ink on your transfers, your artwork must meet the minimum guidelines of one point strokes and two point knockouts throughout the entire image. A stroke is the outline of an image, or anything else that’s considered to have ink printed for that area. Knockouts are the areas that do not have ink; the areas that are “knocked out” of the artwork. If you receive a message on your order that says your artwork does not meet our guidelines, there are a few ways you can fix this depending on the situation. To make any adjustments, open your vector file in an illustration program such as Adobe Illustrator or Corel Draw. Go to the areas that are said to be under our artwork guidelines based off the message or artwork proof sent from the artist. Once you have your file opened, you can check the art width, or stroke, by drawing a one point line. You’ll be able to draw this line in a variety of ways depending on which program you’re using. From there, you’d place this line over the areas where you intend to have ink printed to make sure your artwork is larger in width of the line you made. Same thing with the knockout, you’d draw a line that’s two points thick and place them in the areas that do not have any fill strokes to check the sizing there. Once you’ve found the areas you need to fix, you can adjust the artwork as needed. However, keep in mind that if you adjust the stroke, this could fill in the knockout more, and vice versa. Once everything is adjusted, just be sure to do the “line test” one more time including the surrounding areas of the image. Another possible solution to this problem is increasing the overall size of the image. Increasing the size will increase the the stroke and knockout size throughout the image. If you decide to go with this route, just be sure to do the “line test” to make sure all the areas meet standards If you decide to adjust your file with one of these options, you can send the new artwork file to your project coordinator by emailing it to [email protected] with your order information (company name, job I.D. number) Please be sure to reply back to the artist using our messaging system to let them know the email has been sent as well. Otherwise, you always have the option to continue with the order as is if there are details that you don’t mind getting lost in the printing process. You can just reply to the message from the artist saying something like “I’m aware my artwork is under standards. Please proceed as is, I approve any filling or bleeding” Please be aware: if there are areas that fall under our standards, we can always point out these these areas on your artwork proof, but we can not predict the exact print outcome because these are computer generated images, so please make sure you are okay with proceeding as is before making this decision. You can make any changes you need to before approving, and we’d be more than happy to make sure your artwork is set up to have the best print quality possible. We understand that every order is unique so feel free to ask us any questions by checking the contact information in the description of this YouTube video or by going to the “Contact us” page on our website at versatranz.com. Thank you for watching!

Dereck Turner

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