Print Ready:
Artwork is considered “print ready” when it can be used for screen printing without the need for adjustments that may possibly incur added fees or result in delays. When submitting digital art files to Rocky Mountain Apparel, please refer to the below guidelines. If you have any questions call us at 303.292.3331.

Vector Art:
Vector artwork files must be saved up to Adobe Illustrator® CS6 (.ai, .eps, .pdf). All fonts must be converted to curves or outlines to prevent font substitutions. Include a proof of your design with color designations to confirm that no font substitutions have occurred. All objects must have at least a 1 pt line thickness to guarantee proper print quality. If the vector file contains any placed raster images, these images must meet or exceed our requirements for resolution when rendered at 100% of the final imprint size. Also, they must be submitted with the original vector file.

Raster Art:
We will accept raster artwork files saved in a .TIF, Encapsulated Post Script (.eps) format, or an Adobe Photoshop® Document (.psd) up to Adobe Photoshop® CS6. If these images are not provided on a transparent background art charges may be applied. For screen printing, all raster elements and art files must be saved at 100% of the final print size with a resolution of at least 220ppi.

We will accept files saved in Adobe Illustrator® CS6 providing that all text is converted to curves or outlines. We will also accept files saved in Adobe Photoshop® CS6 at 100% of final print size with a resolution of at least 220ppi. Jpegs are most often useless if they are taken from the internet, but can be replicated for use in screen-printing at an hourly art fee of $40.

For vector art, text must be converted to paths, curves, or outlines. The text then becomes an object and can no longer be edited as text. Be sure to include a paper proof composite with color call-outs. A .pdf, .tiff, or .jpg thumbnail to ensure no font substitution has taken place.

Line Thickness:
All design elements should contain a line thickness of at least 1pt. Failure to assign a 1 pt line thickness to all objects may compromise the final imprint quality.

Spot Colors:
Please specify color via PMS spot color designations to each object, text, or layer in your design. Due to hardware and software color calibration differences, this will allow the best color matching possible. We primarily use the Pantone Coated library. If you need more information about the Pantone Matching system please visit

When creating designs for our customers, proofs are a way of assuring that we have set your type correctly and that all of the design elements are placed according to your requirements. A proof will be sent to your email address provided that can be approved with a simple reply. We will not start on any project until your proof has been approved.

Differences Between Vector and Raster Art:
A Vector Graphic is the use of geometrical primitives such as points, lines, curves, and shapes or polygon(s), which are all based on mathematical expressions, to represent images in computer graphics. Vector graphics are based on vectors (also called paths, or strokes) which lead through locations called control points. Each of these points has a definite position on the x and y axes of the work plan. Each point, as well, is a variety of database, including the location of the point in the work space and the direction of the vector (which is what defines the direction of the track). Each track can be assigned a color, a shape, a thickness and also a fill. Vector Graphics have almost unlimited scalability with no loss in quality. The most commonly used program to create vector graphics is Adobe Illustrator®.

A Raster graphic or bitmap image are resolution dependent. They cannot scale up to an arbitrary resolution without loss of quality. This property contrasts with the capabilities of vector graphics, which easily scale up to the quality of the device rendering them. Raster graphics deal more practically than vector graphics with photographs and photo-realistic images, while vector graphics often serve better for typesetting or for graphic design. Modern computer-monitors typically display about 72 to 130 pixels per inch (PPI). Determining the most appropriate image resolution for a given printer can pose difficulties, since printed output may have a greater level of detail than a viewer can see on a monitor. A good rule of thumb is to create your design 100% to size at 220ppi. If working in Adobe Photoshop® keep your layers in tact.

Please call 303.292.3331 and ask for Jay or Nima with any questions you may have regarding digital art.
Thank You!