ARE WE TAKING CARE OF THE DESIGN?

NO PROBLEM, OUR FULL-SERVICE DESIGN STAFF IS READY TO GO.

All you need to do is make sure we have suitable artwork,
point us in the direction you’d like us to go, and let us take care of it.

BEST / VECTOR ART

Vector art is the best. No matter how much we might have to enlarge the file, it won’t lose clarity or resolution.

OK / HI-RES

Our designers can convert high resolution images to vector graphics for reproduction when necessary, but it will eat into your design time. If you could supply a file that is at least 1 MB, that will go a long way.

WE’LL DO WHAT WE CAN / LOW-RES

Generally images that you find online are going to be too small to reproduce well in print. If you can, please try to get vectors or high-res images from your sponsors or hosting organization.

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Artwork created in Adobe Illustrator or other type of vector drawing program is preferred. The most common vector file types are: “file_name.ai”, “file_name.eps” or “file_name.pdf”

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High resolution files might retain their clarity better that low resolution files when they are converted to vectors but still may loose some details around letterforms and small details.

Not gonna lie… you’re not going to be happy with the results of low resolution images.

ALREADY HAVE A DESIGN, OR A DESIGNER?

DOWNLOAD OUR TEMPLATES

Getting your design on our kit is as simple as downloading the template for any items you’re planning on ordering. All files are .pdf format, and will work best with ADOBE ILLUSTRATOR CS6 or later.

*These files are 1:1 scale, so they may take a while to download.
But, oh man, will your patience pay off!

VELOCITY

TOPS

Short Sleeve Jersey

Long Sleeve Jersey

BOTTOMS

Bibshort 9.5″ Inseam

Bibshort 11” Inseam

Short 9.5″ Inseam

Short 11” Inseam

 

SUITS

Long Sleeve Skinsuit

Short Sleeve Skinsuit

VELOCITY PLUS

TOPS

Short Sleeve Jersey

BOTTOMS

Bibshort 9.5″ Inseam

Bibshort 11” Inseam

Short 9.5″ Inseam

Short 11” Inseam

 

MAX

TOPS

Short Sleeve Jersey

Sleeveless Jersey

BOTTOMS

Bibshort 9.5″ Inseam

Bibshort 11” Inseam

ACCESSORIES

Cycling Cap

Gloves

ARROW

SUITS

Long Sleeve Skinsuit

Short Sleeve Skinsuit

ACCESSORIES

Gloves

TT Shoe Covers

AXIS

TOPS

Sleeveless Jersey Race

Sleeveless Jersey Club

Short Sleeve Jersey Race

Short Sleeve Jersey Club

 

Long Sleeve Jersey

Long Sleeve Jersey LT

BOTTOMS

LX Bibshort

Bibshort

LX Short

Short

SUITS

Long Sleeve Skinsuit

Short Sleeve Skinsuit

ACCESSORIES

Cycling Cap

Gloves

ELEMENT

TOPS

Rain Short Sleeve Jersey

Rain Long Sleeve Jersey

Lightweight Windshell

Windtex Jacket

Windtex Vest

Event Jacket

Polar Jacket

Polar Vest

Roubaix Vest

BOTTOMS

Bibshort

Bibknicker

Bibtight

SUITS

Long Sleeve Skinsuit

Rain Long Sleeve Skinsuit

ACCESSORIES

Arm Warmers

Knee Warmers

Leg Warmers

Shoe Covers

FLUID

TOPS

Triathlon Top

BOTTOMS

Triathlon Short

SUITS

Triathlon Skinsuit

FLUID PLUS

TOPS

Triathlon Top

BOTTOMS

Triathlon Short

SUITS

Triathlon Skinsuit

ITU Triathlon Skinsuit

THANKS, BUT NOW I HAVE NEW QUESTIONS.

YOU MUST TELL ME (A LOT) MORE ABOUT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN BITMAP AND VECTOR

REMEMBER THAT YOU ASKED FOR THIS

We’ve established that there are two categories of digital image, BITMAP or VECTOR. They are fundamentally different in how they are rendered by your computer.

BITMAPS give each individual pixel of an image an exact location and a color (See—its a map of bits). The number of pixels per inch of image is the RESOLUTION, and resolution is what limits the size a bitmap image can be printed. Its usually a problem with images from the internet, where standard resolution is 72 ppi. Standard resolution for a crisp printed image is 300 ppi.

So if you find the logo you need on a website and its, say, 3 inches across. At 72 ppi that image is 216 pixels across. If you enlarge that image just a little bit to 5 inches, one of two things is going to happen…

The first is the resolution will drop to 43 ppi. The second outcome is whichever software you’re using tries to keep the resolution at 72 ppi, so it basically just spreads out the original 216 pixels and makes its best guess as to what should fill in between. either way, you will end up with an image that looks like it was knitted by your Aunt Sarah.

VECTORS on the other hand can be scaled to the size of the earth without losing any resolution. You’re asking, “But, Brian…how?” The short answer is math.

Instead of specifying the location and color of each pixel of an image, a vector file defines a series of anchor points, and straight, or curved paths. These paths can then be filled with a specified color. As you enlarge the vector object, the math makes sure everything is exactly where it should be. This also keeps file size way down—so the files can be emailed easily.

so instead of stair-step curves and color variations of Aunt Sarah’s knitting you get the cool, clean lines of your other Aunt Sara…the engineer.

Our artists can convert bitmaps to vectors for you, but we ask that you try to find the largest resolution file you can. The ideal would be to have an an image, at the size you want it printed, with a resolution of 300 ppi or more.

That means if you want a logo to be 7 inches across the back pocket of your jersey…If you’re looking on the internet, you would need to find an image that is about 9000 pixels across. That’s probably not going to happen—which is another reason we want the vectors.

SO WHAT KIND OF FILE TYPES ARE VECTORS?

Let me start by telling you what files are definitely NOT vectors.

If the file has the file extension they are absolutely NOT a vector image.

  • .jpg (or .jpeg, they’re the same thing)
  • .bmp (yep, that stands for bitmap)
  • .png
  • .gif
  • .tif (or .tiff)

These ARE vector files.

  • .ai (always a vector-created by adobe illustrator)
  • .eps
  • .pdf (this could go either way…we can tell you for sure)
  • .svg (there’s no reason you would have this…but, technically its a vector)

WHAT IF I HAVE A PHOTOGRAPH I WANT ON MY KIT?

That’s a firm “PERHAPS.”

If the image is high enough resolution, it should be fine (refer to guidelines above). Otherwise, our artists may be able to convert it to a printable format (this may result in some alteration of the image)