Art Submission Guidelines For Your Masterpiece

What we need from you...

The Blue ridge Graphics Art Department hopes to answer any questions that you might have concerning artwork that we will screen print. If you decide to bring in the art for your project, using one of the following formats is more cost effective and makes the job go more smoothly, quickly, and accurately.

On Disk...

If you have used a graphics program to create the artwork, the ideal formats in which to save your file are:
  • FreeHand 9.0 (or earlier)
  • PageMaker 6.5 (or earlier)
  • Illustrator
  • Macintosh or IBM compatible encapsulated postscript (EPS)
  • TIFFs
  • Bitmaps (BMP)
  • Photoshop 6.0 (or earlier)
When you create your file, remember that lines should not be too thin (less than 1 pt.) or they will not print properly. If there is more than one color, make these colors spot colors (Pantone Matching System) so they can be separated accurately. If there are varying shades of one color (also know as halftones or screens) make sure that they are between 10% to 50% of the original color. Anything below 10% will typically not show up during printing and percentages above 50% will usually print almost solidly with a muddy appearance. If possible, these halftones should be set at 35 lines per inch (lpi). Image resolution should be at least 300 ppi (pixels per inch). This way, we can enlarge the image without fear of rough lines and text or graininess. Any font used in the graphic should be either converted to paths or curves or should be included on the disk (Macintosh Postscript or Type 1 fonts only). We accept 3.5" floppies, CDs, and Zip disks. You can also e-mail the files to us - be sure that the name of the file is listed in your amyl.

Four-Color Process...

Blue Ridge Graphics can print four-color process designs. If you plan to provide us with an image (on disk) intended for four-color process, the screen can be a bit finer - up to 55-65 lpi. The halftone angles should be set as follows:
  • Cyan at 75°
  • Magenta at 105°
  • Yellow at 60°
  • Black at 45°

On Paper...

If you bring us a drawing or printout, do not color or shade in the drawing (if possible). Otherwise, we will have to spend hours removing colors and shading in a graphic because we had no way of otherwise making the original art printable. Also, bring in your artwork on paper that's legal-sized (8.5" x 14") or smaller, otherwise it won't fit on our scanner bed. We can scale it to a bigger print size if necessary.

What is Camera-Ready Art?

True camera-ready art is a clear black and white image on white paper at a size that can be enlarged to T-shirt dimensions while maintaining image integrity (i.e.: no pixelization occurs when re-sizing). Lines are thick. There are no grays. Paper is not wrinkled, ripped, or taped together and no smudges, spots, or pencil or pen marks cover the image in any way. Look at your image and determine if it is indeed "camera ready." If not, either locate a better image or expect an art charge for cleanup or new artwork creation time.

On Film...

We welcome film positives from service bureaus. The same guidelines just outlined apply to films as well. Some basic size parameters for items on which we print:
  • A back print for an adult T-shirt can be no more than 14" wide and 16" long.
  • Left chest prints should be in the range of 3.25" to 3.75" wide.
  • Standard front t-shirt prints should be approximately 12" wide.
  • T-shirt pocket graphics should be 3' to 3.25" squared.
  • Hat prints are 4" wide by 2" long.
  • Children's T-shirts (medium and small) have a 9" wide by 12" long print.
If you have any questions concerning these or other item sizes, please feel free to contact us.

Can we help you?

The quality of our work can be attested to by the many loyal customers who have come back year after year to receive the highest caliber of creativity, ingenuity, and attention they've come to expect. Blue Ridge Graphics artists are "user-friendly" and highly approachable. Graphics are specially designed for your needs. We work with you, helping you to focus your ideas, create completely new concepts, and polish off old designs. Often, it is faster (and therefore less expensive) to let us design your project than if we have to scan in your art, drop in color, typeset, etc.

What is good T-shirt art?

If you are going to be creating artwork on your own, keep in mind these guidelines that will improve the visibility, readability, and overall impact of your T-shirt.
  • Simplify! The more information you try to cram onto a shirt, the less impact it will have. Most of the people that see your shirt are probably just walking by and have little time to read and process the shirt's message.
  • Don't go crazy with fonts! Though you might have 100 typefaces to work with, don't be tempted to use all of them within your graphic. Too many fonts confuse the message.
  • Use a bold graphic. If you are planning on putting a graphic or illustration on your T-shirt, use one with bold lines and little shading and detail.


If you provide us with original art and/or disks, it is our policy to keep them for 90 days, after which we cannot be responsible for their fate. When you pick up your order, remember to ask for your materials back.

Create With Us - Let Blue Ridge Graphics be a part of your event, team, staff, sorority, fraternity, or club