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Decoration, Timeline & Budget: What You Need to Know

 
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Ordering custom decorated apparel for your clients can be a fun and easy process if you are working with the right decorator. It’s simply a matter of communicating and planning with your decorator in advance to sort through the various apparel applications and options. This article is designed to walk you through the various steps to think about when working with your client and decorator during the planning, budgeting and timeline stages. 

The Unwanted Mark of Screen Printing

 
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The Cause and Solution of Pallet Marks

How to Use Pantone Colors for Embroidery & Screen Printing

 
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Pantone colors are the universal language for communicating specific colors right down to the shade. This language overcomes distances and computer monitors with different calibrations. If both parties involved in a project are looking at a Pantone book, referencing the exact number, both parties can rest assured that they are on the same page.

Brand guidelines define specific colors of logos in terms of Pantones. Designers call out Pantone colors in their work so the image can be re-created exactly from digital media to print and embroidery. As decorators, we live and die by Pantone colors. However, the language of Pantone colors translates a little differently between screen print and embroidery - like a different dialect between the mediums of decoration. Let’s look at why and what this means for the logo or design you are having screen printed or embroidered.

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Thread manufacturing companies have companion books that gives us a quick reference of all colors available and their corresponding Pantone color.



The 4-Step Process for DTG Printing on High Quality Custom Garments

 
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Digital garment printing can be a solution for small quantities, hasty needs, and it can also be a source of exclusive products that are not easily replicated. By promoting these strengths of the medium, its likely your clients will be unaware of the numerous steps and time it takes to complete these production tasks. We recorded the processes to share the exacting and labor intensive process that goes into these fast turnarounds on high quality custom garments.

8 Tips About Using Art When Screen Printing

 
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1. All Shapes & Sizes

First and foremost, submitting Vector art is always best. What makes vector art special is that everything is defined by shapes, as opposed to raster art’s pixels. This means the image never degrades at any size. A vector art image could be used for an inside tag, an all over print or a billboard without any pixelation or loss of quality. Vector images are very simple to change color, scale, orientation, etc. Also, vector images don’t need separations or the fees that go along with them, unless they are very very complex in color.

Choosing The Right Type Of Screen Printing For Your T-shirts

 
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Specialty, all-over, over-sized, AOP plus, faux this, and vintage; these are some of the many different types of screen printing going on these days. The challenge lies in deciding which is going to produce the ideal product. To get the best result on any print, consult with your screen printer. By telling your screen printer what affect you would like to achieve, and providing any visuals you have, your printer can troubleshoot complications and poor printing issues. Together, you can find a solution that will produce the right result at the right price. 

Artwork That Works For Screen Printing

 

Digital artwork used for screen printing can be categorized in two types - raster and vector. In this article, we’ll define both file types, go over some vocabulary, and show how you can differentiate the two.

File Preparation Tips for DTG Printing on Apparel

 
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Digital printing has some similarities, but is a bit different than screen print or embroidery in terms of file prep. Here's some suggestions to submit your file so that your end print looks like you want it to.

How to Ensure High Quality With Your Screen Printed Tees

 
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Whether you plan to order screen-printed t-shirts in the near future, or might some time down the line, there are important variables to consider in order to make sure your clients’ custom t-shirts don’t suffer from regular wash and wear.

Our 4 Simple Steps to Worry-Free Order Production

 
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There are many decisions to be made and details to be communicated when ordering decorated and promotional apparel. If you’ve ordered even once, you are well aware. The number of decisions and details is multiplied by each client you are working with and each item they are having imprinted. Wow. That’s a lot to keep track of.

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