Things to Know about Fabrics for direct to Garment Printing
Art for embroidery
In general, an embroidery art department can accept any type of artwork you provide right down to a sketch on a napkin. The important thing to remember is this: the better the art, the better the embroidery. The process for converting artwork to embroidery is called digitizing and the artists that do it are called - you guessed it - digitizers. Basically, digitizing is redrawing a logo or design as stitches in a special embroidery software program designed to do just that. Cleaner, more exact digital files allow the digitizer to be more exact with the stitch placement. The stitch instructions are saved to a disk by a digitizer. An operator takes the disk and inserts it into the embroidery machine, which reads the instructions.Read More
February is National Embroidery Month. This blog post is our first in a series about embroidery and its uses. Keep an eye out for our embroidery articles throughout the month.Read More
Printing soft-hand on dark garments is probably the single most challenging aspect of textile screen printing. The “hand” of a print is referring to the feel. The softer the hand of a print, the less you can feel it. There has been some really great improvements in the screen printing ink industry with ink additives and the onset of discharge printing. However, there is not a cut and dry solution for a bright print with a super-soft hand on dark garments.
The most successful soft-hand screen prints begin with the design. Usually the shirt color works with the art and is allowed to influence the print color. This allows the printer flexibility to use regular plastisol, soft-hand inks, or discharge depending on the complexity of the design and amount of detail.
You’re in the business of showing new ideas, so finding unique and interesting ways to package shirts can lead to a boost in customer engagement and sales. Here at Sharprint, we encourage our clients to think outside the box when it comes to packaging for t-shirts, and today, we’re featuring a few unique ways to approach t-shirt packaging to better entice buyers.Read More
Topics: increase t-shirt sales
In the printing industry, certain trends come and go, and lately, all over shirt printing is hot.
The all over print, or AOP, is a very striking option that sets apart your promotional apparel from everything else out there. Custom all over print shirts are highly suited to adding flair with patterns like step and repeat, stripes, polka dots, and other simple patterns in super soft inks. However, this method has a vastly underutilized potential for dynamic placement and effect.Read More
Topics: all-over print
If you’re considering direct-to-garment printing, there are some basics you’ll want to know before you get started to avoid being disappointed by the final product. Unlike screen printing, which places colors onto the garment by pressing ink through screens, direct-to-garment printing uses a specialized printer to put the ink directly onto the garment. It produces great looking, sharp prints, but there are some precautions to take for best results.Read More
Topics: direct to garment printing
Tri-blend t-shirts are one of the most popular options for apparel printing. Tri-blend t-shirts are made up of three materials—cotton, polyester, and rayon, and look great when decorated. The fabric is super-soft and comfortable, making tri-blends a popular choice. But although they’re a great option for wearing, there are some challenges screen printing on them. Here are some things to consider when screen printing on tri-blend shirts. Read More
Topics: screen printing
Screen printed t-shirts are awesome. Most times they look pretty cool, but the medium isn’t all encompassing. Follow this simple checklist of the 7 musts to make sure your art will print perfectly for screen print:
1. Check the level of detail.
Most fonts are printable at 12 points or more. Line width should never be thinner than .3 points.