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Preparing Your Files for Print


As a new clothing company, one of the first things that you should know is designing for print (the 4-color process) and making designs for t-shirts. These are entirely two different worlds. Always make sure that you or your designer make it as easy as possible for the printer to print out your shirt without having to compromise on design. This will make it easier for you in the long run and will give you a better product for your customers since you did not have to make last minute changes during the process.

Make sure that you convert all of your texts to outlines, create your artwork to size, use Pantone colors, , use vector artwork whenever possible and expand all the stroked lines to at least 0.5 points.

What you need to know before talking to your printer.

● Where is the final print is going.

● How many colors are going to be used.

● What are the Pantone color codes for all the colors used.

● What type of printing method you are using.

● Are you going to use specialty inks?

● The total number of units you are printing.

● The type of ink that you are going to use.

Where the final print is going.

The easiest way to indicate where the print will be is by creating a line sheet. This will show if there are multiple print locations and if the designs will go over seams (waist, neck,etc.).

How many colors are going to be used.

The line sheet you create should also clearly indicate the total number of colors that are going to be used. You can do this by creating a shape and filling it with that color. Having a visual indicator will be very helpful.When you are using multiple colors and halftones, check to make sure that your printer can print halftones and ask how he will prepare for them depending on the printing method being used.

Have the Pantone color codes for all the colors used.

Where do you find the pantone color codes you may ask? Your designer should be using a Pantone swatch book. If you don’t have a swatch book, then buy one. Most design softwares such as the Adobe Photoshop come with a Pantone library built in. You can use the color picker tool in the software to sample a color from your design. Once you have picked the color sample, double click on the foreground your tools pallet. The color you identify will be the one that you tell your printer to use. If the process of finding the color codes is confusing to you, find a more in depth tutorial online. Very many tutorials are free.
The printing method used.

The standard type of printing t shirts is screen printing. It is most often used with water based ink or plastisol ink. Simply put, water based ink soaks into the shirt giving it a very soft hand while plastisol has a thicker feel on the t shirt.
Are you going to use specialty inks.

Traditionally, most designs were printed using plastisol inks, some with a chino additive and a few with discharge or water based inks. Nowadays, designers can now use up to 8 different colors, specify suede, puff, highdensity e.t.c

Author is an expert article writer who has written many articles related to Designs for t-shirts. Currently, he is writing content on T-shirt Printing Singapore.

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As a majority of you probably already know very well, doing graphic design, and specifically doing graphic design t-shirt printing are two totally different beasts in the world of graphic design. Sometimes you might work so hard to please a client who wants a t shirt design but the client ends up telling you that your great design won’t work for t-shirt printing. This problem is a very common problem in the t shirt printing sector. In this article, we are going to share with you tips on how to prepare your great tshirt designs for printing on tshirts.

1. Convert All Of Your Texts to Outlines

At times, your design may call for a custom designed font or a very obscure font . When Before sending your artwork off for printing, the last thing you would want to see on your design is a substituted font – that you did not select. By converting all the text to outlines, whenever your designed is opened on a computer,the computer will view the text on your design as an image, thus no font substitutions will be made.

To convert the text to outlines, just right click on the text with the selection tool of the software you are using and then click on create outlines.

2. Make Use of PMS Colors in Your Artwork

Typically you may do artwork in CMYK and RGB color modes, but to make use of the designs. This will also make the colour separations way much easier and very accurate.
Note; Your design printer should not charge you any extra cash for PMS color matching. You are actually saving the printer money by being particular on accuracy.

3. Create Your Design at the Actual Size

Do not just trust the printer’s judgment before discussing it with the printer first. The best way to defend yourself in this situations is to create the design in its final size.I you do not know the actual size you want, just use a ruler to the shirt you are wearing. Sounds crazy , but it works.

You can set the design size in the Document Setup menu, typically found under File.

4. Use Vector Design As Much As Possible

This is not just an usual argument over vector versus raster it’s a suggestion that you make use of vector designs as much as possible. Vector artwork makes colour separations easier and the final print comes out cleaner even in the small details.

5. Expand The Strokes You Use.

If you have set all your colour properly to PMS swatches, then the colour separations software will have no problem. This is error is more of human error that usually occurs because sometimes the strokes are overlooked. This tip can save you from ruining a great project from a small mistake. If you want to expand your strokes, just select what you want expanded then go to Object > Expand.

6. Set Your All Your Halftones with PMS Colors

This one goes along side by side with the first tip. At times, your budget or/and design a may call for the use of halftones so as to save on the amount of colours used when printing.

Author is an expert article writer who has written many articles on the topic of T shirt Printing that are published on the high quality websites. Currently, he is writing articles on T shirt Printing Singapore.

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