At Catfish Designs, what we can design is limited by your imagination. All we need is your idea or a concept and our design team takes those ideas and turn it into reality for you. Submit your design brief to by a sketch drawing, pictures, photos - any way you can get your design concept across to us - we will then create design proofs based on that input and go from there. We often will provide you with 2-3 options in our first round of artwork, and we understand how important it is to have the right design for your club. So we offer three rounds of artwork free of charge. After the three rounds of changes, there is a fee of $60+gst per change.
Our customers send us all types of logos and artwork to use in custom design. Unfortunately not all formats are acceptable for digital sublimation printing. Most logos that are pulled off websites or business cards etc are of a very low resolution meaning that they will not appear sharp and clear when printed. For the best results on your custom clothing we prefer the following file types: Adobe Illustrator - AI files Encapsulated Post Script - .eps files High resolution - over 300 dpi - .pdf files These files are referred to as Vector format files. This means that they can be resized and manipulated without losing resolution on the file meaning that they will look sharp and clear on your custom clothing.
We know that colour is so important. We use the industry standard Pantone Colours to ensure that the colours in your design are printed accurately. That means every colour choice in your design files must have a Pantone Colour code selected. We then match this Pantone Colour Code from our Pantone Book to our Pantone Fabric chart. Note that the shade and tone of colours may vary depending on computer monitors, fabrics and inks used. To be absolutely sure on colours we offer a strike off – this is a small square of fabric in your colours. Strike off’s are free of charge for any swimwear design, but can incur a $30 fee for any other garments. Please allow 1-2 weeks to receive your strike off.
Vector art is created in a vector-based software program like Adobe Illustrator and usually have file endings like .EPS or .AI (mylogo.eps, or mylogo.ai). These sort of files use mathematical equations to draw lines to ensure the image can be scaled easily. The picture left shows the difference between a vector logo and a raster logo (.JPEG, .JPG, .GIF, etc.). When the vector logo is enlarged, it stays crisp and clean. When the bitmap logo is enlarged, it becomes distorted. If you send us a .JPG logo and we enlarge it to fit on your uniform, it will become distorted.
If the file you have ends in .JPG, .GIF .or BMP, it is definitely NOT vector artwork. If the file ends in .AI, .EPS or .PDF, it's most likely vector. If you're not sure if your logo is vector, email the logo to your assigned sales rep and they will be able to help you.
Contact your sponsor and ask them to email you their vector logo. Most likely they have one on file, as vector logos are needed for all printing needs like business cards, brochures, etc. IF you absolutely cannot get vector logos - let us know and we can redraw. If the logo is simple, we will do this at no charge, if it is a complicated re-draw there will be a $60+gst re-draw fee.
Website images are designed to load up quickly, which means they are low resolution and we can't use them.
Sorry, business card images are also low resolution and won't work.