Artwork Requirements

Bring Your Company to Life

This page is simply a tool that is designed to give a better understanding of the different decorating techniques available in the industry and the type of artwork that is required. Always feel free to contact us directly with any questions or concerns.

Sending Artwork

All artwork can be sent via email if it is under 15MB . If your art is too large to email you can upload to our secure ftp portal. If you do not have a username and password, please contact your sales rep or info@dg3.com.

Artwork Formats

Most commonly all artwork will need to be vector artwork that could be provided as one of the following choices. Please make sure all fonts are converted to outlines or supplied, images and links are embedded or supplied.

  • AI or EPS (Adobe Illustrator)
  • PDF (Adobe Acobat)

Full-color artwork will need to be high-resolution files that can be provided as  one of the following choices. Resolution needs to be a minimum of 300dpi at actual size. Images captured from webpages are typically 72dpi and will not be useable. JPEGS and other similar pixelated compressed image files are not acceptable files.

  • PSD (Adobe Photoshop)
  • PDF (Adobe Acrobat)
  • TIFF (Image File)

Artwork Tips

Product templates are available on the majority of promotional items. Always request this before designing your artwork. If your artwork design goes to an edge, always add a minimum of 1/8” bleed. Turning your fonts into outlines is a secure method to assure nothing is altered during the transfer of files or the loading of fonts.

Decorating Techniques

Screen printing is a technique whereby a mesh is used to transfer ink onto a substrate. A blade or squeegee is moved across the screen to fill the open mesh apertures with ink, and a reverse stroke then causes the screen to touch the substrate along a line of contact.

Silk Screen

Embroidery is the craft of decorating fabric or other materials using a needle to apply thread or yarn.

Embroidery

Debossing is the processes of creating a recessed relief images and designs in paper and other materials. A debossed pattern is sunken into the surface of the material.

Debossed

Embossing is the processes of creating a raised images and designs in paper and other materials. An embossed pattern is raised against the background.

Embossed

Sublimation or dye sublimation is the process that uses heat to transfer dye directly onto or into the substrate

Sublimation

Pad printing is a printing process that can transfer a 2-D image onto a 3-D object. This is accomplished using an indirect offset printing process that involves an image being transferred from the cliché via a silicone pad onto a substrate.

Pad Printing

Laser engraving, which is a subset of laser marking, is the practice using lasers to engrave an object.

Laser Engraving

Heat Transfer is a cutting-edge technique that is able to transfer an image from one s ubstrate to another with superior clarity and precision.

Heat Transfer

Infusion is a new method that seamlessly infuses logos with our custom-made fabrics.

Infusion

HXD is a unique decoration method that creates a subtle pop from the product surface to give your logo a whole new dimension.

HXD

Etching typically uses a chemical or sandblasting to create a tone on tone look.

Etching

Epoxy Domes will add dimension and shine to your one-, multi- or 4-color logo by placing it under a clear, high-gloss polyurethane dome with black bezel.

Epoxy Dome

Foil stamping is the application of metallic or pigmented foil on to a solid surface by application of a heated die onto foil, making it permanently adhere to the surface below leaving the design of the dye.

Foil Stamping