Global Textile Design Files Guide
Easily recolour our designs using the following methods, or cut and paste elements into totally new working repeats to save you time – time is money! Please purchase the design with a commercial license if you want unlimited use of the design.
72 DPI jpegs
These are fine for web, but due to image compression on saving you will not be able to simply select areas and change the colours. These will need to be retraced in an editing program if you want to change the colours. To be used as is to save you time and effort. This resolution is to low to be used for print. Please use our 300 DPI or eps version of the file for print.
200 DPI – 300dpi jpegs
Perfect for print or web, but do to image compression on saving you will not be able to simply select areas and change the colours. These will need to be retraced in an editing program if you want to change the colours. To be used as is to save you time and effort.
200 DPI – 300 DPI .tiffs
These are saved as index files to save you bandwidth and download time. We have used “flat” colours (no anti-alias or blur on the edges of the colour areas) so that you are able to easily select these in a photo editing program and recolour them. Although 300 DPI is the traditional resolution for print, some rotary printers have unique resolutions that they work with – hence the variation in the resolution of our designs.
Your printer will usually ask for a 300 DPI file, but 200 DPI – 300 DPI prints fine digitally. Some printers work with RGB and some from CMYK files. These will need to be converted by your artist before they go to print depending on which color profile your printer prefers. It is a very simple process that takes a few seconds in a photo-editing program such as Photoshop.
To recolour our .tif files:
- 1. Save a copy of your file so that you have the original as backup
- 2. Open your new file in a photo editing program – at Global Textile Design we use Photoshop
- 3. Convert the image to an RGB / CMYK file (depending on what you printer works with)
- 4. Use the magic wand / selection tool to select all of the colour that you would like to change (Contigious OFF to select ALL the areas of the colour that you would like to change / Anti Alias OFF to keep the colour flattened)
Please make sure that they anti alias feature is NOT on for the tool or the colour will not fill evenly and you will not be able to reselect the colour easily again as there will be a soft border around it due to the anti alias.
- 5. Fill your selected area with your new colour
- 6. Repeat this process for as many colours as you would like to change
- 7. Save your file
These can be opened in any Vector Graphics Editor (Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Freehand, Coral Draw) and manipulated.
By selecting areas with the select tool, independently or with a multiple selection (Select Same -> in Adobe Illustrator), you can change the colours according to your own palette specifications.
Vector graphics can be resized to any dimension without losing image quality. They can then be saved into any file format required. Perfect for print!
** We suggest that you talk to your printer beforehand and find out what file type and what DPI their set up uses as these can vary slightly with different printers.