Artwork Guidelines

Preparing artwork for screen printing is a unique process compared to other printing types. The nature of the screen-printing processes may require us to manipulate, alter or retouch your artwork to ensure the highest print quality is achieved. This could involve the addition of bleed and traps or the thickening of some of the finer detail.

The Process

Simply send us your artwork via email we will arrange for our design team to produce a to-size PDF mock-up of how your design will be applied to the glass. Once the mock-up is produced it will be sent to you for your approval.

For single colour designs we aim to send your PDF mock-up 2-3 days  from receiving your designs. Multi-colour designs can take up to 5 days due to the complexity and the breakdown of colour layers.

Artwork Example

The illustrations below display how a 4-colour logo for a 20oz conical is received in the correct format accompanied by the Pantone colour references. Each glass type has its own recommended print size to ensure the highest print quality is achieved. Therefore, the logo is sized accordingly. The logo below has been separated into 4 layers, one for each of the logo colours. Subsequently, 4 separate films are made allowing for the creation of a screen for each colour ready for the printing processes.

Customers logo for printing Black layer design for printed glassware Orange layer design for printed glassware
Brown layer design for printed glassware White layer design for printed glassware

Nucleation Example

The illustrations below show how easily amendments can be made to logos for the creation of a nucleation design.

File Received Slight Amendment The Result
Customers nucleation design Nucleation design amendment 20oz Conical nucleation

Artwork Specification

The Submission of your artwork via email would be preferred in one of the following methods:

Vector Files

Vector file types include: Adobe Illustrator (AI), PDF and EPS.

When submitting Vector files, please ensure they are CS6 Compatible.

Vector art can be replaced and manipulated without impacting image quality and is recommended for this type of printing.

Make sure all fonts used are converted to outlines, paths, strokes or imbedded when saving to PDF. If raster images are not embedded within your file, then please supply them separately.

Please ensure all colours used in your artwork are converted to spot colours. Artwork produced in RGB or CYMK colours will be matched to the nearest Pantone colour.

With artwork that contains the colour white please indicate this by including a background or replacing the white with another colour. Alternatively include a separate raster image with your artwork for viewing purposes.

Please Note: Placing raster art (see below) into vector a graphics program and saving it as AI, PDF and EPS files will not create vector artwork.

Raster Files

Raster file types include: JPEG, TIF, PSD, PNG, GIF and BMP.

Raster art is made up of tiny dots called pixels and when rescaled image quality is reduced, therefore when submitting raster files, please ensure they are being saved from their original source and they are of a resolution of at least 400 dpi (Dots Per Inch) and above. It is important to note images that are taken from the internet commonly have a low resolution of around 72dpi and will impact print quality drastically.


For artwork that is setup within non-graphic-based software such as Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Publisher, etc. We request that any inserted images are supplied separately and conform with raster file specifications above. If fonts are used within the document, please ensure they are embedded by saving the original document as a PDF from its original source before sending it to us.

File Size

If your collective artwork is over 10MB in size, please use the website we transfer to send large artwork file sizes by email.

Colour Requirements

Please provide the required print colour/s for your artwork. These can be selected from our recommended ceramic colour chart. Please see are Print Colour Information Page. However, Pantone colour matching can be achieved upon request, although some colours may be subject to additional costs. Festival Glass uses the coated Pantone Colour System.

Setup Charge

The set-up charge covers the cost of amending your artwork, so it is suitable for the printing process. It also covers the output of the films and the making of screens in our preparation for printing.

Our standard setup charge is £60.00 per colour. This is a one-off setup charge and any repeat orders will not include a setup charged unless artwork amendments are requested. For date and small amendments, we only charge £38.00. For further information please contact sales.

Finished Product

Printed 20oz Conical