Artwork & Design
At Champion System all we need from you is an idea or a concept and we can then take those ideas and turn it into reality for you. Your ideas can be conveyed 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. For quicker results, the more detailed and specific the instructions, the better. For your ease, feel free to use our templates as a starting point and for guidance.
At Champion System, we understand it's important to get the right design. That's why we don't charge for changes - you can have as many designs and as many changes as you need to get your design right.
For those that are not graphic designers, we recommend you try our CS Design Lab. We have many pre-designed templates to choose from and all can be fully customized including your own logos, text and colours.
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.
Champion System uses the industry standard Pantone Matching System to ensure that the colours in your design are printed accurately. That means every colour choice in your design files must have a Pantone system code selected.
Please note that the colour chart is a rough way to choose colours as the shade and tone may vary depending on computer monitors. To be absolutely sure, a Pantone Colour Formula Book is recommended and can be found in most art and print stores.
Please be aware some bottoms and accessories have panels that only come in pre-dyed lycra colours and cannot be designed on. To continue customization, please select one of the pre-dyed colour options available.
What is a vector file?
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.
How do I know if my logos are vector files?
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.
I don't have vector logos. What should I do?
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 absolutley can not get vector logos - let us know - we can redraw within reason - UNLIKE OUR COMPETITORS THIS IS DONE AT NO CHARGE!
I have logos from a website. Will those work?
Website images are designed to load up quickly, which means they are low resolution and we can't use them.
How about business cards. Can you use those?
Sorry, business card images are also low resolution and won't work.
What are pre-dyed lycra colours?
You can chose from one of our 7 pre-dyed options - royal blue, navy blue, red, green, white, grey and black.
How long does it take to get a design proof?
Initial proof is typically generated within a few days. Any requested revisions are done in 48 hours, if our designers have everything they need.