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How to Provide Artwork for Printing

Suitable File Types Unsuitable File Types
PDF (With Outlined Fonts) Microsoft Word Files
PSD File (300 DPI with rasterised fonts) Publisher Files
EPS (With Outlined Fonts) Powerpoint Files
AI File (With Outlined Fonts)
CDR File (With Outlined Fonts)
(You can find out how to outline fonts further on in this guide) Files of this type may require a redrawing charge

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Ink Colours and Pantone Matching System (PMS)

Please provide a pantone colour reference from a solid pantone colour book for each of the colours within your design. If your logo has been created for you by a design professional they will be able to advise you on the best colour matches.

If you do not have this facility our team can suggest a pantone colour for you.

To find out more about the screen printing process please visit our screen printing page here.

How to Supply Your Artwork for Embroidery

Suitable File Types Unsuitable File Types
GIF Publisher
PNG Powerpoint
PDF Paint
Ai (With Outlined Fonts)
EPS (With Outlined Fonts)
View of Embroidery In House Production

Please provide a clear image file of your design – we can accept jpeg, gif, PNG etc. We would recommend that images are provided at 300 dpi where possible.

The higher resolution the better result we can achieve when digitising your design for the embroidery process, allowing all details to show clearly.

Once your design has been prepped for embroidery we will provide a pre-production artwork proof for your confirmation.  Our team are highly experience in sizing designs correctly to make the best from your logo or text but if you have a specific size in mind, please do let us know.


Maximum Left Chest Size: 150 mm Wide
(The Typical Size For Left Chest Designs is 90 mm Wide)


Maximum Back Embroidery: 224 mm Wide

To find out more about the embroidery process please visit our embroidery page here.

Guide to File Types

When you’re working with digital files, there are two kinds of image file types: raster and vector. Both image types may be saved with several different file extensions. It’s important to understand when to use each image type and the best file extension for particular situations.

What is a Vector File?

Vector files aret are built using mathematical formulas that use points on a grid which adjust accordingly when resized. Because they can be adjusted in size infinitely without losing resolution, vector files are more versatile for printing simple graphics like logos, than raster files. The most common types of vector files are:

  • .ai: Short for Adobe Illustrator, this file is most often used in print media and digital design, such as logos.
  • .eps: Encapsulated PostScript is an older type of vector graphics file. .eps files don’t support transparency in the way more modern files do.
  • .pdf: The Portable Document Format is built for the exchange of documents across various desktop platforms and is easy to view in a PDF Reader such as Adobe Reader and editable in Adobe Acrobat or Illustrator.
  • .svg: The Scalable Vector Graphics format is created in XML (a markup language used widely across the web that that be read by machines.

What is a Raster / Bitmap Image?

Photographic and complex images are usually saved in a raster format. A raster or bitmap image is built up using a series of dots or points called  pixels, which are layered in density to build up an image. Raster files are entirally resolution dependent, they cannot scale up well without visible loss of quality. (This property contrasts with the capabilities of vector graphics, which easily scale up without loss of quality).  The most common types of Raster file are:

  • Jpeg: A JPEG is a comonly used type of image commonly found on the internet, often used for the images produced by digital photography. The degree of compression can be adjusted allowing a selectable trade off between storage and quality.
  • PNG: Portable Network Graphics files are a type of compressed graphics file that supoort transparency and are most comonly used for small images on websites.

Vector Image

Raster Image

Outlining Fonts within Vector Artwork

If you have used unusual fonts within your design please ensure that these are saved appropriately by converting your fonts to outlines (Adobe Illustrator) or Curves (Corel Draw)

To outline your fonts within Illustrator, the following steps can be followed:

  1. Select your type

2. Select Type Menu > Create Outlines. Then save your file and you’re good to go!

To outline your fonts within Corel Draw, the following steps can be followed

  1. Select your type

2. Select your type layer > Select Type >  Select: Rasterize Type Layer > Save your file

How to Rasterise Fonts with Bitmap Photoshop Artwork

How to Rasterise Fonts with Photoshop

Please ensure that your Photoshop file is created at 300dpi at the size you wish to print.
Please note that after you have rasterised your type, this can no longer be edited. We recommend keeping a second editable version of the file on hand if you are likely to wish to amend this in the future.

  1. Create your text

2. Select your type layer > Select type > Select: Convert to Curves >Save your file

How to Supply Large Files

High resolution print files don’t tend to send well across emails due to the large file size.

We recommend We Transfer, this is a quick, free and easy to use online service, available at

Simply enter your email address and our email address into the spaces provided, upload your files before hitting transfer and these will arrive safely in our inbox.

Garment Templates

Download our range of design templates

T-Shirt (Short Sleeve)

T-Shirt (Long Sleeve)


Sweater (V Neck)

Sweater (Round Neck)

Polo Shirt (Short Sleeve)

Polo Shirt (Long Sleeve)


High Vis Vest



Beanie (Roll Up)

Beanie (Roll Down)




Please note: A full  artwork proof will also be sent for approval ahead of production.


What is your turnaround time?
Our typical lead time for clothing is fourteen working days from artwork approval, but can vary slightly according to demand and the nature of the artwork included within your order. If you have a specific deadline in mind, just let us know before placing your order.

For promotional gifts most orders can be delivered within fourteen working days, however this will vary according to the product required and the specifications of the order,  if you have a deadline in mind for your order, please let us know in advance.

What is an origination fee?
An origination fee is the set up cost associated with prepping your artwork before producing your order. For embroidery we would use an ‘embroidery disc’ – a digital file which determines the placement of stitches that make up your embroidered logo. For screen printing a stencil is used per colour per design known as a ‘screen’.

How much does it cost?
The prices of a printed or embroidered clothing order can vary according to a number of factors including the size of the logo, the number of colours to be printed and the type of garments you would like to use. If you would like a no obligation quotation please get in touch with our friendly sales team on 01280 824836 or drop us an email on

What kind of files do you need for printing or embroidery?
Please take a look at our Artwork Guide to providing artwork for printing or embroidery.

Do I have to supply the clothing for printing?
No, we have a full catalogue available with a wide range of products on offer.

We recommend that you take advantage of our catalogue as the products have been tried and tested with our customisation processes and in the unlikely event of a misprint or damage, they can be easily replaced unlike supplied items.

If you are unsure what you are looking for our team are on hand to advise you, they can be reached on 01280 824836 or

Can you print or embroider onto clothing I supply myself?
Unfortunately we are unable to screen print onto clothing which has not been sourced from our catalogue, this is because the process can be affected by a number of variables and garments outside of our range will not have been tested with these in mind.

We can embroider onto supplied garments and can sometimes transfer print your own clothing, we would advise that a sample of the clothing is provided first so we access the suitability of the clothing you wish to use.  Please be aware that all items provided for embroidery or transfer printing will be produced entirely at your own risk, and that T King Associates is not liable for replacement in the event of damage. We do ask that a disclaimer form is signed prior to production for these items.

What is your minimum order quantity?
We have a minimum of six pieces for embroidery and transfer printing, with a minimum of 25 pieces for screen printing.  We do work on economies of scale so we would recommend having a chat with the sales team for further advice on the best value solution. They can be reached on 01280 824836 or

What is the largest size you can print?
Please see our how to provide artwork for screen printing section for further information.

Please note that we will produce screen printing that is sized to the smallest garment within your order.

What is the largest embroidery size?
Please see our how to provide artwork for embroidery section for further information.

Can I mix and match items?
Yes, we can mix and match items within a order including different sizes and colours. Please be aware that if any ink colour changes or additional set ups are required, further fees would apply, please ask our team for more information.

Can you do (insert eccentric idea here)?
Maybe, why not drop us an email and we will see what we can do?  Our team can be reached on

Can I come into your showroom?
Yes, you are welcome to visit our showroom during office hours and this offers an invaluable opportunity to view product samples, take a look at swatch colours or explain your design requirements with us in person. However, if you would like to view any specific items please let us know in advance, we can ensure these are available for you.

Do you send out samples?
Yes, we can send out samples on a fourteen day sale or return basis.

Is the shop open on a Saturday?
Our normal opening hours are from 9am – 5pm Monday to Friday.  Our school uniform shop is open on Saturday morning during the school holidays only, details if which will be advertised in advance each year.

 Can you visit our site to discuss staff uniform?
Yes, depending on the project and the location we can visit your site to talk all things uniform.  Please get in touch on or 01280 824836 to discuss the details.

Is there a cheaper product?
We have a wide range of products within our catalogue to suit budget and project requirements, our staff have extensive experience with the range of products in our catalogue, if you are unsure please do not hesitate to get in touch with our sales team on or 01280 824836.


Pantone Colour Matching System (PMS) – This is the industry standard colour matching system which allows for colour continuity across all platforms and print technology.

CMYK – Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and K (Black) are the four ink colours which are combined within various quantities to make up a full colour print.

RGB – Red, Green, and Blue are web colours and when combined in various proportions they can be used to make up millions of colours on screen.

PSD – This refers to a Photoshop Document, this is the default setting for saving a Photoshop file and can be used to supply artwork for printing at 300 DPI.

AI – This is an Illustrator vector file and the default Illustrator file type, Illustrator vector files are suitable for providing artwork for printing, please ensure all fonts have been outline. Find out how to do this here

EPS – This is the abbreviation for Encapsulated Post Script file, a vector file which can be used across Vector programs, such as Corel Draw, Illustrator or Inscape.

PDF – This is abbreviation for Portable Document Format, a file containing images and or text information which can be passed from one computer to the next so long as a PDF reader has been installed. PDF’s are useful as they do not require. Adobe Acrobat reader is free to install and can be found through Adobe’s website.

Print Areas – The space and dimensions in which we can print a design.

Platen – – The space and dimensions in which we can print a design.

Jpeg – A JPEG is the most common image format used by digital cameras and other photographic image capture devices; along with JPEG/JFIF, it is the most common format for storing and transmitting photographic images on the World Wide Web.

Screen Printing – Find out more about the screen printing process here

Embroidery – The process of stitching a design into clothing, find out more here

Transfer printing – The process of applying pre-printed transfers onto clothing with a heat press, find out more here

Vector File – Constructed using mathematical formulas, vector files such as EPS or Ai are perfect for designs that require frequent resizing. They can be scaled from a small design on your business card due to a size large enough to print on your company van. If are hiring a designer to create your new logo, be sure to request your artwork within a vector format.

DST File – An embroidery file which determines the placement of the stitches that make up your logo design when applied to clothing.

Plastisol Ink – Industry standard high colour intensity screen printing ink.

Thread Count – The number of stitches required to make up a design. You will be quoted based upon the thread count within a design.

GSM – Grams per square metre, this refers to fabric weight.

Engraving – Engraving is the process of incising a design into a flat surface by cutting grooves either by hand or machine laser. We supply engraved metal items such as keyrings or trolley coins.

Please take a look at our promotional merchandise site to view the full range of promotional products we have on offer.

Embroidery Frame – This is the embroidery hoop used to lock your garment in place for the embroidery process.

Embossing- Embossing is the process of carving moulding or stamping a design into a flat surface so that is stands out in relief on the reverse. Items that can be embossed include leather wallets, portfolios or notebooks.

Screen – The stencil frame used within the screen printing process, find out more about the screen printing process here

Madeira Classic No 40 – These are the embroidery threads we use to stitch your design.

Outlined Fonts – The process of converting type to vector image with Illustrator, find out more on how to outline fonts here

Creating Curves – The process of converting type to vector image with Corel Draw, find out more on how to outline fonts here