Graphic Requirements

The following are Stretch Shapes requirements for graphic files that are submitted for dye sublimation output.


  • We prefer you work in Illustrator whenever possible.
  • Acceptable native file formats include Adobe Illustrator (.ai) and Encapsulated Postscript (.eps).
  • Please keep your art in vector format as it is scalable without quality loss and can be color corrected easier than pixels.
  • Reference the Pantone Matching System (PMS) for all colors to reassure correct color matching. We exclusively use the Pantone Solid Coated set.
  • Images should be in CMYK color mode.
  • Please use Illustrator for all text.
  • Convert all text to outlines. If possible please send font name and .otf file.


  • For photographic images use Photoshop in CMYK color mode only.
  • Acceptable native file formats are Adobe Photoshop (.psd), Adobe Acrobat (.pdf), Encapsulated Postscript (.eps) and Tiff (.tif/.tiff).
  • Whenever possible keep all art in un-flattened, editable layers.
  • When placing photographic images please do not embed, rasterize, flatten or compress in any way.
  • When placing images, please do not embed them. Include as linked files with submission. The final print file will be composited by Stretch Shapes.
  • Submitted art must have a resolution of at least 100 dpi at final printed size. (Ex. At quarter scale, your pixel based art should be 400+ dpi)

Stretch Shapes reserves the right to charge a set-up fee of $75 an hour for art files that don’t meet the above requirements.