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Always send the best you have, but
if the best you have
is somethng you lifted off the internet,
it's not good enough


If you want to create your own t-shirt graphics,
check these out.

FREE GRAPHICS PROGRAMS

INKSCAPE for vector graphics
GIMP for raster graphics

Here are a few other options for you to consider.

1: Bring in or send us a sketch or drawing of your design or idea. Keep in mind that whatever is black in your drawing will be ink colour on the shirt. Whatever is white in your drawing will be shirt colour.

2: Hire a local graphic artist to design JUST FOR YOU.
Need help finding one ? Just ask us.
We know a few.


3: Buy a design or design template online and send it to us. Here are a few places to look.
Rival Art
Vector 4 Free
123FreeVectors
Clip Art Supply
Digital Clipart
You may know of others


Graphic files fall into one of two categories.
Vector and Raster (i.e. Bitmap)

What are VECTOR images


Vector images are images described by shapes such as circles and squares. The shapes are precise mathematical descriptions of the image and can be enlarged to any size without becoming blurry or "pixelated". Bitmap (raster) images are described by pixels - squares of colour arranged in a grid, and as they are enlarged they become more and more pixelated.

Some Vector Image File Formats

CDR - Corel Draw's native format, and the one that we are most familiar with. Version X6 (16) and earlier are supported.

EPS - Adobe's EPS format (Encapsulated PostScript) is perhaps the most common vector image format. It is the standard interchange format in the print industry. It is widely supported as an export format, but due to the complexity of the full format specification, not all programs that claim to support EPS are able to import all variants of it. Adobe Illustrator and recent versions of CorelDRAW have very good support for reading and writing EPS. Ghostview can read it very well but does not have any editing capabilities. Inkscape can only export it.

AI - The native format of Adobe Illustrator is the AI format (Adobe Illustrator Artwork), a modified version of the older EPS format. The AI format is fairly widely supported, but is less ubiquitous than the EPS format, and most programs that read AI can also read EPS.

PDF - Adobe's PDF format (Portable Document Format) is very widely used as a general purpose platform-independent document format. And while it is not exclusively used as such, it is also a very good vector image format. Adobe gives away the Acrobat PDF reader, but sells the tools required to create PDF files (third party tools that perform the same task are also for sale). Those tools work with any program that is able to print. Support for reading and editing PDF files is much more limited.

SVG - The W3C standard vector image format is called SVG (Scalable Vector Graphics). Inkscape and recent versions of Adobe Illustrator and CorelDRAW have good support for reading and writing SVG. Further information on the SVG format may be found on the official SVG website. We also recommend this convenient list of vector editors and viewers that support SVG.

What are BITMAP images


Bitmap images are images that are described by pixels - squares of color arranged in a grid. Bitmap images are also known as raster images

Some Bitmap Image File Formats

There is an extremely large number of different bitmap formats. Some of the most common include: JPEG, PNG, GIF, BMP, and TIFF.
Broadly speaking, they fall into two categories:
Lossy image formats (e.g., JPEG) have smaller file sizes but do not store a perfect copy of the image. They are best suited to photographs and other images where perfect accuracy is not important. They are also commonly used on the web to save bandwidth.
Lossless image formats (e.g., PNG, BMP, and TIFF) store an exact pixel-by-pixel representation of the image, but require more space. They are more suitable for things like logos. Arguably the best of these formats is PNG. It is widely supported and has very good compression.
Some specific comments on these formats: JPEG/JPG - One of the most widely-used image formats is the JPEG format (Joint Photographers' Expert Group). This format has excellent compression characteristics and has the nice feature that the user may specify what level of compression they desire, trading off fidelity for file size. We do not recommend using JPEG files for rasterized vector art, as the compression artifacts substantially degrade the quality of the image near edges.
PNG - The best of the lossless image formats is called PNG (Portable Network Graphics). This format is widely supported by web browsers and image viewers/editors.
BMP - There are actually several BMP formats (BitMaP). Windows and Macintosh have their own formats, both of which are called BMP. Most modern image editing tools are able to read both. In any case, all of the variants of BMP should be avoided when possible, as they use little to no compression and consequently have unnecessarily large file sizes. TIFF/TIF - This format (Tagged Image File Format) is used to store raw bitmap data by some programs and devices such as scanners. This format comes in a compressed and an uncompressed variant. The former is comparable to PNG, while the latter is more like BMP. Using the uncompressed variant is not advised.

But whatever you have, email it to us.



Sending artwork :

Vector based artwork is preferred.
Adobe Illustrator - .AI, (CS3 or earlier) ,
Corel Draw - .CDR
or a vectorized .EPS or .PDF .
Convert all text to graphics. To 'outlines' in Illustrator or to 'curves' in Corel.

To be considered Print-Ready colours should be SPOT colours ,
not CMYK or RGB. Also send a low-res jpg, gif, or bmp, for reference.

Raster (or bitmap) images - should be at least 300 x 300 dpi at the desired print size.

ALWAYS SEND THE BEST YOU HAVE.
The closer to the original, the better.




Please ensure that ALL Licensed artworks (Trademark, Copyright, etc) are supplied with authorized written permission, allowing us to legally use them.

Having the ability to download an image from the internet does not qualify as authorization.

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Falcon Crest Images
4442 Trans Canada Hwy
Duncan, BC
V9L 6L8

PHONE:
250-743-8857


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