Yes, you can submit your digital files as follows:
– As an attachment to an e-mail if your file is smaller than 1.44 Mb;
– FTP it up-load directly to our servers if your file is larger than 1.4MB;
– Burn it to a CD-ROM or DVD disks formatted for PC’s (will return it with your mug shipment);
– You can always use snail-mail, UPS or FedEx to send us your digital artwork files, photos or any other hard copy art, to:
2023 Nude Calendars by Bitmark, Inc.
4155 Dow Road, Suite X
Melbourne, FL 32934 – USA
Can digital art that is produced with programs like MS Word or Power Point be used to decorate mugs?
Most digital art that is produced and/or embedded within programs such as MSWord (or similar other “writing” programs, even Power Point to some extent) and also use so-called clip arts from various sources and libraries do not have sufficient resolution to be used in a satisfactory manner for the decoration of coffee mugs – or any other means of graphical hard-copy reproductions.
Internet art only needs to have a resolution of 72 or 96 dpi’s (dots per inch) as this is the standard resolution of the web. Digital files used for print reproductions should have a resolution of 300+ dpi’s so that the result will be what you would expect – straight lines, minimal pixellation, no stair-steps.
Since almost all inexpensive and/or freely down-loaded clip-art from web sites, etc. etc. is raster/bitmap art, it cannot be up-sampled from the original 72 dpi’s to, let’s say, 300 dpi’s, as the computer would not know where to take the “missing” pixels from to fill the void. Thus it just interpolates the “missing” pixels and the result is a high resolution image of a quality inferior to the original. Maybe the creators of these clip-art libraries make the resolution of their raster art only 72 dpi’s (for most Mac’s, and/or 96 dpi’s for PC’s) not only to save disk space but also to prevent that acceptable print reproductions can be made from their raster/bitmap art files.
It is interesting to note that high-resolution bitmap/raster files can be easily bought over the Internet but their cost is rather steep and to download them over the Internet with anything but a high-speed, broadband connection might be an exercise in futility.
Based on this, it is always good to prepare ones raster or bitmap art in a graphical program such as PhotoShop or PhotoPaint, save the created digital art with a resolution of at least 300 dpi’s (but do not up-sample it!) in the .tif format and then send this to us.
Of course, high-resolution raster/bitmap files are very, very large in size and can, in most instances, NOT be attached to an e-mail. These files will always have to be uploaded directly to our FTP servers
– or better still mailed directly to us on a CD or DVD.
Note: Another benefit resulting from the use of vector files is that they are rather small and can be attached to an e-mail and can be converted to raster/bitmap files in not time at any desired resolution and size.
Please remember that the resolution-limitations/problems mentioned here DO NOT apply to digital art created in the vector format as vector art is resolution-independent and can be up-scaled or down-scaled without any problems.
I have a log with 2 colors. You say you print in CYMK but want the file in RGB? Is that correct? Also, should I send the file as .ai or as a tiff? What is easiest to work with for you?
Yes, like all printers, we print in CYMK but suggest that the creation of your digital image files be in RGB mode. Our specialized programs will do the rest.