The most important of your order is what goes on it. From simple words to a full color scenic view, what is put on the item IS the most important part. Whether printing, embroidering, or using one of the digital technologies to embellish your garments, the artwork is different for each.
Let's take a closer look at what type of artwork is needed to complete your job correctly and quickly.
For screen printing, 95% of the time Vector art is used. Vector art is a design that is created in a Vector based program such as Adobe Illustrator, Corel Draw, or a couple of others. Adobe Photoshop does NOT produce vector art.
Vector art is based on mathematical angles and shapes and can be blown up or shrunk down without loss in quality. Photoshop and other "paint" programs use Pixels to make the design and do not take to enlarging very well, and quality is usually lost.
When screen printing, a piece of film is output for each color in the design. The film that is output must be 100% Black to make the screen. If the artwork is not in a Vector Format, changing each color in the design to black is not possible. Also, the lines and edges in the design would not be smooth and sharp, they would be jagged and "blurry"
The files that are used to tell an embroidery machine how to sew a design is a Punch Format. There are several different Punch Formats including .dst, .emb, .gis and many more.
None of the graphics programs on the market for consumers are able to create these formats. It takes a special program for embroidery "digitizing" that the general consumer does not have access to. That being said, for embroidery, a .jpg or some other type of graphic has to be manually "Digitized" in order for the logo to be embroidered. Vector Files can make this process a little easier, but it usually would not keep you from paying a digitizing fee.
For stickers, banners and dye sublimation, a .jpg file can usually be used, BUT REMEMBER the quality of what is given is what is printed. Also remember, if a 2" X 4" .jpg image is supplied, blowing that up to 2 feet by 4 feet is not gonig to look very good.