We describe artwork using standard terms that are used in the design and printing industry. Listed below are simple definitions of these terms.
Vectored File--necessary for Silkscreen Vector images are made up of many individual, scalable objects. These objects are defined by mathematical equations rather than pixels, so they always render at the highest quality. Objects may consist of lines, curves, and shapes with editable attributes such as color, fill, and outline. Changing the attributes of a vector object does not effect the object itself. You can freely change any number of object attributes without destroying the basic object. Examples of vectored files would be Illustrator, CorelDraw or Freehand files that DO NOT contain scans. Illustrator is preferred.
Bitmapped or Raster file--OK for Embroidery, will incur costs for Silkscreen These files are scanned images or files that have been created in Photoshop or a pixel-based program. When the quality of the image is good we then refer to the image as being high resolution. These files have to be redrawn as vector art for Silkscreen, but can be used as the art for creating embroidery files.
Image Resolution The number of pixels displayed per unit of printed length in an image, usually measured in pixels per inch (ppi). The higher the resolution (or "res") the better and clearer an image will be.
Pantone A solid-color communication system based on the visual matching of individual, pre-mixed colors. Pantone books give you values, referred to as PMS colors
Convert Text to Paths (AKA convert text to CURVES or OUTLINES ). The text is converted to lines with fills. We do this in order to avoid any font problems. Text can not be altered once this is done.