Supplying Artwork

Preferred Formats

Ideally, we would like a vector file supplied to us, such as an AI or EPS / PDF (subject to the program it was created in) with all fonts outlined/converted to paths. For all other formats including JPEG / PNG / TIFF / BMP please call for advice. Email files to
If you find your files are too large to be emailed we recommend using or Dropbox.
Alternatively, pop in and see us with a memory stick.
You will be sent an artwork proof for approval before an order goes ahead.
As ever, we are always happy to answer any questions you may have.

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Vectors are scalable artworks that have no loss of quality, they also contain information so that we are able to cut the graphic from our long-life self-adhesive coloured vinyl.
A typical vector file will be an AI, EPS or CDR although some PDFs can also be vector.
Raster or Bitmap artwork will lose quality when enlarged (as demonstrated in fig 1).
Raster artwork cannot be vinyl cut without additional preparation work of the file. A typical raster file will be a JPEG, TIFF, PNG or BMP. However, raster files depend greatly on how they were originally saved and are not all created equally. If in doubt, submit what you have and we can advise accordingly.

Embroidery Artwork

Your design will be scanned and made into a digital file that our embroidery machines can use to replicate it, this will also give us something called a ‘stitch count’ and will separate the colours. To find out more about our embroidery services, click here [>>] and see recent examples.

  • The clearer and simpler the design the better quality the embroidery will be.
  • A large and dense design will have a high stitch count and therefore be more costly.
  • We can estimate the price of the embroidery once we have the stitch count.
  • Once the logo has been set up we have it on file and can use it again with no extra setup charge.
  • Threads come in a wide variety of colours, so we can best match your design.

Screen-Printing Artwork

Each colour in the design will have its own screen, so the design must be separated.

  • The more colours in the design the more screens have to be created, therefore the higher the cost.
  • This type of application is ideal for one or two colour jobs with a low cost for high volume, such items as bags and t-shirts.
  • Inks can be mixed to match Pantone colours.

Sublimation Printing Artwork

A printed design, which must be a high-resolution image, logo or photo transferred onto the fabric of a garment. Our dedicated sublimation page has more about the process, find it here [>>] and read about Horsham Flames football kit as featured in AAH magazine via our blog [>>].

  • Garments can be completely customisable with full-colour images, logos, shadows and patterns that wrap around the body in any colour.
  • Design is permanent and unaffected by washing.
  • Sponsor logos, business, club or sports, names, and numbers are all in one print.

Heat-Applied Transfer Artwork

Our plotter uses outlined paths vector artwork to trace these outlines and cut out specialist vinyl material from a sheet which is then heat applied onto the garment.

  • We can only use vector artwork which has been outlined.
  • Ideal for names and numbers.
  • Vinyl colours for this type of transfer have a reduced colour palette, we can try to match colour designs and show a sample.

These guidelines can also be downloaded as a PDF file [link for artwork file]. Any other queries, please get in touch with us via phone: 01403 280857 or email [click to open new email]

Artwork Guidelines for Embroidery | Artwork Guidelines Heat-Applied | Artwork Guidelines Screen-Printing | Artwork Guidelines Sublimation