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The quality of your imprint begins with your artwork. All orders requiring production art should include black and white line art. We recommend digitally produced art for the cleanest, sharpest imprint. Camera ready art may also be used. Your graphics designer or advertising agency can supply this proper art to you.


Vector Art is a technique, not a style.

Perhaps a better term would be "vector-based art," meaning art created in a vector-based program. Vector art consists of creating paths and points in a program such as Illustrator or Freehand. The program keeps track of the relationships between these points and paths. Vectors are any scaleable objects that keeps their proportions and quality when sized up or down. They're defined as solid objects, and can be moved around in full, or grouped together with other objects. Vectors can be defined by mathematical and numeric data. So vector art is anything that's created in Illustrator, Freehand, Corel Draw, Flash or other "vector" illustration programs.

(Vector programs: Illustrator, Freehand, Corel Draw, Flash, etc.)

The other side of the coin is raster art. Raster art consists of pixel information, where every pixel is assigned a RGB or CMYK value. This can create smoother and more detailed images for photos and paintings, but if the image is scaled, the program has to create new information resulting in that distorted look.

(Raster programs: Photoshop, Painter, Fireworks, MS Paint, Gimp, etc.)


Just because something is "cell shaded" or "flat colored" does not make it a Vector. The use of filters (cutout, etc.) creates a raster-based image and thus is disqualified from ever being considered a vector image. Only a vector program such as the ones mentioned above can create a vector image.

A vector takes time to create. The artist makes decisions on how much or how little detail to include. The artist makes decisions on colors to use. These are the same decisions one makes before sitting down with conte crayons, pastels or oil paint.

I understand that these days there is some program overlap. Photoshop has some vector tools and Illustrator has some raster tools, but if you use the lasso and the paint bucket, you are not creating vector-based artwork. If you run a filter you are not creating vector-based artwork.


(also known as electronic art) Digital art can be sent via e-mail, 3.5" disk, zip disk and CD-ROM. PC or MAC. For best results, create your art as vector art in Corel Draw or Adobe Illustrator, save as an EPS (encapsulated postscript). Convert your fonts to curves in Corel Draw. Convert your fonts to outlines in Adobe Illustrator. We will need multicolor imprints in this format.


This art is usually a laser print with a resolution of 600 dpi or more. Camera ready art is black and white with no halftones or screens. We would prefer only single color imprints when dealing with camera ready art. We do not accept faxes or copies of faxes for camera ready art.


JIT prefers to preview all multicolor art before acceptance of purchase order. Some "tight" registrations and small text outlines may not produce acceptable results on some of our products. Currently, the maximum color imprint is 4 spot colors.


In order to give you the highest quality imprint, we have developed some artwork guidelines, which include minimum line weights, minimum font sizes, etc. Artwork not conforming to these guidelines could delay order based on artwork received. We reserve the right to modify your art if it does not meet these quality standards.

  • All copy should be 12 pts or higher.
  • Lines should be no thinner than 1 pt.
  • No artwork with a resolution of less than 300 dpi...that means NO 72 dpi JPEG or GIF files.
  • JPEGS and PDF's are accepted as hard proofs.
  • Always send a hardcopy of art with specifics by fax or mail.
  • We will redraw halftones and reset copy when necessary.
  • DO NOT SEND PowerPoint, Word, PageMaker, Quark or Microsoft Publisher files. Not Useable.
  • For compression we recommend Stuffit or WinZip.


JIT requires Adobe Illustrator (.ai or .eps) or Photoshop (.psd, .tif,. jpg) files in high resolution or vector art. It is strongly recommended to send fully-layered documents in case any adjustments need to be made. If sending .ai files via email, please include an EPS or PDF version of each file to avoid file corruption.

If spot colors are desired on a solid back ground, art must be black & white camera ready, same as supplied for screen printing purposes.

Because it is Dye Sublimation using 4-Color Process Technology, exact color replication or PMS Color Match is not possible. Colors may vary slightly within a run or on repeats. Imprint will be a close facsimile, but not an exact reproduction of the original art.

When submitting art, increase background imprint area shown above by ¼” for bleed purposes.


Paper Art Proofs are provided via fax at no charge for all Screen Printed orders prior to production.

Full Color Art Proofs are provided via email at no charge for all Full Color Dye Sublimation orders prior to production.

Full Color Digital Art Proofs, Virtual Proofs and Item Proofs are also available. Please visit our Policies page or contact our sales department regarding pricing on these types of proofs.


To send art or contact our Art Department, email us at art@jitmfginc.com.

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