Have you worked very hard and for several hours on a design for a T-shirt, either for you or for a client, just so that the printer tells you that your design does not fit to be printed on shirts? This is not uncommon, but thanks to us, who kindly shares with us a few tips to prepare our art to be printed on t-shirts. Following are the Golden Rules When Preparing Artwork for Shirt Printing;
- Use Pantone colors in your art:
We usually create a design in the RGB or CMYK color palette. But to ensure a more accurate color with screen printing, we should definitely use Pantone colors in our design. This will make the color separations more accurate. On the other hand, the printer will not do any extra charge for matching Pantone colors since the traditional way of printing in screen printing is with Pantone colors and you will be saving yourself the trouble of doing this.
- Turn all your texts into lines:
Sometimes our design has some obscure or obscure source or perhaps a source designed by us. When we send our design to print, the last thing we want to see is a substituted font in it. Converting fonts to lines, any computer will open our design and recognize any text as lines in an image; therefore no font will be replaced.
- Design your art to actual size:
Do not rely on the printer’s judgment without first talking to him, unless you are your own printer. The vision that you may have of the final product may be different from what the printer may have. The easiest way to avoid this is to create your designs to actual size Do not know which size to use? Measure the shirt you are wearing, it sounds simple but it works.
- Use vectors as much as possible:
This is not to say that vectors are better than images, but using vectors makes color separations easier and details of the print will come out clearer. This is a general rule for any job but it should not be automatic at all.
- Expand the outlines:
If you handle all the color with the Pantone palette, then the color separation software will have no problems. This is a very common mistake because sometimes the outlines are overlooked. The quality of the final result largely depends on the quality of the original image delivered. That is why we recommend that you provide the designs in the appropriate formats
- Set the mid-tones with Pantone:
This goes along with a Tip # 1. Sometimes your design and/or budget may require the use of halftones to save in a number of colors to print. The best way to do this is to reduce the percentage of a Pantone color. The software used by the printer must handle the rest.
In the picture above, do you notice the number 40 in the upper right corner? Usually, that is 100%. Change to 40% to set a 40% half pitch. These Golden Rules When Preparing Artwork for Shirt Printing will solve most of the problems that could arise and ensure a more accurate impression. Also, the most important thing is that you need to find the specific sizes for each technique. If you need a larger print size for your design, this can be reached by multiplying impressions. If you have any doubts call us and we will explain. The following sizes are for guidance and may not correspond to your project.