Submitting your artwork to InMotion

InMotion will always spend the time and effort to make your art print as nicely as possible. We will try to correct any imperfections in your art that may adversely affect the print quality without altering the look of your design. However, we can only do so much. We will expect you to provide us with art we can work with. If an extraordinary amount of time is required to work with your file in order to get an acceptable print, we will inform you of any art charges which may be required and any steps you can take to avoid those art charges.

If you have any questions about creating or submitting your art feel free to call us at 707-938-0277. We'll be happy to answer your questions.

The screen print process requires InMotion to "separate" the colors in your art into no more than 8 colors and to output those separated colors onto a different screen for each color. If printing on colored garments, we also need to create an underwhite so that the shirt color will not adversely affect the ink color.

To expedite this separation process it is important that you follow certain guidelines when creating your art. Following these guidelines will save you money and help ensure a beautiful print.


JPEG is a file compression scheme that is designed to make the overall file size smaller. However, saving a file as a JPEG actually damages the edges of the various colors in the design. While this damage may not be noticeable on your monitor, it WILL be noticeable on the screen print.

The easiest file to work with is a vector file. Vector art usually requires little or no additional art charges and produces clean sharp, prints. Vector art can also be resized with no loss of fidelity. Vector art is art created in a draw program like Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw. File extensions for vector art will be .ai, .cdr, .eps or .pdf.

Note: Saving a Photoshop file as an .eps or .pdf does not make it vector art. Only art created as vector art in Adobe Illustrator or CorelDraw will be vector art.

IMPORTANT: All type in your art MUST be converted to outlines before you submit it. If it is not, we will not be able to display your file properly.

Screen printing is done using Pantone Solid Coated colors. If possible, use only Pantone Solid Coated colors in your palette.

Raster art is art that is created in a paint program such as Adobe Photoshop or Corel's Painter. File formats will be .psd, .tiff, or .bmp. JPEG is a raster file format as well but is unacceptable.
(refer to the JPEGs section of this guide)

Any art that contains a photograph will be raster art even if the overall design was created in a draw program.
While vector art is created mathematically, raster art is created by assigning a color value to each pixel displayed in the design. This means that resizing the art requires the computer to re-interpolate the data in order to display at a new size, resulting in a loss of fidelity. The best approach when creating raster art is to work at 300dpi with the document at the desired print size.

Raster art submitted will need to be separated differently than vector art. InMotion will create a "Simulated Process" separation. Simulated Process separations will require art charges.

Prints on darker garments require an underwhite to prevent ink colors from being affected by the color of the garment.

Since this is a specialized craft, InMotion will create the underwhite for dark garments. Usually this will be done at no additional cost but occasionally the art submitted presents challenges and an unusual amount of time is required to create the separation and underwhite. If that is the case, you will be informed of any additional charges before the work is done.

Once your design is completed you must submit it to InMotion.

If your file size is small enough you can also e-mail it to our art department at

Large files of 4MB or larger should be transmitted via a sharing site such as YouSendIt or SendSpace.