When placing an order, professional screen printing companies will often ask you for a “vector” file, or alternatively, a “high-resolution image“. Your company’s marketing or branding department will usually keep this stored in their files as it is important file type for any of your company’s printing – whether it is t-shirts, business cards, banners, or even signage.
A vector file usually ends in the following file types:
- .AI (Adobe Illustrator)
- .EPS (Encapsulated PostScript)
Customers are often familiar with .JPG filetypes. While this filetype is great for web-displays, it is not ideal for printers. You may have noticed yourself, when you print a .JPG file, or zoom into one on-screen, the image may appear blurry. Vector images allow for more flexibility.
Here is an example of a standard JPG image:
If we were to try increase the size of a JPG (which is required when we print your logo), it will become blurry and pixelated.
The second problem is that JPG’s, and most other raster image formats, do not support “transparency”.
Vectors are high-resolution and high-quality images that can be adjusted and modified as required by your local printer. No transparency issues, no blurry images, and best of all, it will look absolutely stunning on your final product! It does not matter how big or small your logo is, it will retain it’s original shape and sharpness.
The below image can be magnified by 1000% and still retain it’s original quality.
Need more information? Feel free to contact us at your convenience and we would be more than happy to answer any of your questions.
Dont have a vector format logo? That is okay! Let one of our graphic experts re-create your artwork in a vector format that can be used by Wescan Embroidery for printing purposes.